Seward is truly a paradise of Alaskan adventure, with many exciting activities to exhilarate the mind, body, & soul. Here you can do it all, and visitors could spend a week or more in Seward without running out of unique things to do or see. From the pristine waters of Resurrection Bay to the majestic mountains, you can enjoy a complete Alaska experience and only unpack once!
Sightseeing Day Cruises
Resurrection Bay and nearby waters offer majestic glacier scenes and an abundance of marine and bird life. Mother Nature has shaped islands, fjords, and pristine coves along the mountainous coastline. Journey into the heart of Kenai Fjords National Park, one of the great beauties of American’s national park system, with a trip to Northwestern Glacier or Aialik Bay. Or, remain in the waters closer to home and concentrate on sea lion sightings and rookeries. The colorful puffins and curious otters are bound to make you smile, and many a passenger has enjoyed the sight of a Humpback or Killer Whale (Orca). Birdwatchers travel here from around the world to gather sightings for their life list. Tour offerings include partial day and full-day trips, with meal and side trip options. Several daily departures allow you to select a voyage that best meets your schedule.
Seward is home to some of Alaska’s finest sport fishing. Anglers will find excellent fishing almost year-round in Seward. Here, anglers have the chance to feel the arm-burning power of a giant Pacific Halibut, fight an acrobatic Silver (Coho) Salmon on light tackle, catch a trophy Lingcod, or troll for Alaska’s renowned King (Chinook) Salmon. For anglers drawn to fresh water, nearby streams, rivers, and lakes offer Dolly Varden, Rainbows, and salmon.
Halibut fishing begins in March and continues into October. June’s Halibut Tournament heightens the excitement with daily and tournament prizes for the biggest catch. Silver Salmon return by the thousands to the waters around Seward in late June and run into early September, with the annual Silver Salmon Derby being held in August. Fishing for winter feeder King Salmon runs from September – June, and Lingcod season opens July 1st.
Trail Rides & Dog Sled Adventures
Let the not-so-wild life lead you on a wilderness journey of a different sort. Explore the shores of Resurrection Bay in an area only accessible by horse back. View bald eagles up close, see where they nest and watch them feed. Ride through part of the old town of Seward that was destroyed by the great earthquake of 1964. And on the shore of the bay where the wild flowers meet the ocean, the bird life is diverse, active and up close.
For a different view, ride through backwoods trails behind a strong team of sled dogs. Part of the off-season training ritual, these athletes pull wheeled sleds to help them maintain their conditioning year-round. Tour the dog yard and learn about what it takes to run the Iditarod Race. Cap off your visit in the puppy yard. No visitor can resist a warm cuddle.
Sea Kayaking & Rafting
Resurrection Bay is well-known as one of the top kayaking destinations. Paddle alongside a lazing otter or pass below a perched eagle. With plenty of coves and pristine waters to explore, kayaking in Seward is an adventurers dream. Guided trips (half-day and overnight options) are available, as is do-it-yourself equipment rental. Nearby freshwaters offer scenic and white water rafting opportunities for a change of pace.
Get a birds-eye view of the Harding Ice Field, hidden lake paradises, and even some local wildlife. Find the undiscovered gems for yourself.
Long known as a sailor’s paradise, Resurrection Bay offers outstanding scenery and predictable winds. A port of call for sailors cruising southcentral Alaska, Seward is a charming re-supply stop. Classes and charters are available through local businesses.
Hiking, Camping & Scenic Drives
Back on land, take a scenic drive to nearby Exit Glacier and walk a paved path to view part of the massive Harding Ice Field. Nearby Caines Head State Recreation Area and the Chugach National Forest also offer a variety of backwoods hiking, cabins, and camping activities.