Seward Alaska -- Things to Do and See

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.


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.


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!

Check out these other profiles of locations in Alaska: Things To Do And See in: Hatcher Pass and McCarthy-Kennecott and  Valdez and Denali and Homer

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All of the city of Seward campsites now require a reservation. They are also being social distanced until the end of June. (Only every other site is available for use) We were so disappointed to find this out last weekend, when we took one of our many beloved spontaneous road trips, and there were no campsites available. Part of what we love about living in Alaska is the ability to go on a whim and camp in Seward. Reservations make this lifestyle impossible. I hope they go back to a first come/first served basis like before.

Evette Larson April 17, 2021

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