Established in 1793 by Alexander Baranov as a fur trade post on the shores of Resurrection Bay, Seward can be explored by boat, car, or even by rail! Hiking, fishing, kayaking, and more are some of what can be found in this historic seaside community.
Did you come to Seward with no plans? No problem! A definite favorite is experiencing Exit Glacier which is the only part of Kenai Fjords National Park accessible by road. Here you can explore trails and walk very close to an active glacier, or even take a ranger-led walk and learn more about the area.
FINISHED EXPLORING EXIT GLACIER AND WANT MORE ADVENTURE?
Head down to the Seward Sealife Center and check out Alaska’s only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center. Experience close encounters with puffins, octopus, sea lions, and other amazing sea life. Want to kick it up a notch, ask about the marine mammal, puffin, or octopus encounters where you can see how they train, feed and care for harbor seals, tour the aviary, or even ‘shake hands’ with a giant Pacific octopus!
Dive deep into the Kenai Fjords National Park by booking one of the many cruises offered by Major Marine tours or Kenai Fjords tours! Park rangers provide narration on many of these trips and you can certainly expect a good chance of up-close encounters with wildlife! The tours also take visitors near many of the surrounding glaciers while they dodge icebergs that have calved from the glacier’s edge.
STILL HAVEN’T HAD YOUR FILL OF THE ALASKAN SALTWATER?
Though not labelled the halibut fishing capital of the world, Seward is still home to incredible sport fishing where anglers can try their hand at catching halibut, salmon, rockfish, cod, and other fish lurking hundreds of feet below the surface of the water!
Hike up into the Alpine country of Mt. Marathon right in town or really stretch your legs and pick up a Harding Icefield Trail map where you can access amazing views of Exit Glacier below. Still not satisfied? Head down to Lowell Point and explore the Caines Head coastal trail or rent a kayak and explore Resurrection bay on a guided tour!
Even though Seward is at the end of the highway, it is certainly not at the end of our list of places to visit if you’re in Alaska. Seward is a favorite for both residents and those visiting Alaska alike!