Make a Splash at Seward’s Polar Bear Jump

Polar Bear Jump Schedule of Events

We’re excited to welcome all jumpers and spectators back to Seward this weekend for the 32 annual Seward Polar Bear Jump! This year’s event is on track to raise more than $55,000 for the American Cancer Society. Read more about the history of Seward’s Polar Bear Jump

Here are a few highlights from the 2018 schedule:

Friday, January 26, 2018

5–9 pm                           Steak Night – American Legion (5th & Jefferson)
7:30–9:30 pm                Auction – Tony’s Bar (321 4th Ave)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

8:30 am–10:30 am       Community Breakfast – American Legion (5th Ave & Jefferson)
11:30 am–12 pm           Parade – Start at American Legion (5th Ave & Jefferson)
12:30 pm                        Polar Bear Jump – Seward Small Boat Harbor (1300 4th Ave)
2–4 pm                           Children’s Carnival – AVTEC Gym (4th Ave b/w Madison & Monroe)
2–4 pm                           Turkey Bowl – Outside at the American Legion (5th Ave & Jefferson)
2–4 pm                           Fish Feed – American Legion; Adults $7, Kids $5 (5th Ave & Jefferson)
4:15 pm                          Awards Ceremony/THE BIG ALASKA SHOW – KM Rae Building (125 3rd Ave)
5–9 pm                           Oyster Fest – The Breeze Inn (303 N Harbor Ave)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

1–3 pm                           Hair Cut Off – The Breeze Inn (303 N Harbor Ave)

To see a comprehensive schedule of events, click here.  

Exploring Seward

Family Activities

The Sea Life Center offers hands-on activities for visitors of all ages from 12–5 pm. In addition to watching sea lions, otters and puffins play, Tyonek, the baby beluga calf, is available for viewing and you can learn about the extensive care he receives. Alaska residents and military receive a 15% discount on admission throughout the weekend. Polar Bear Jump participants can visit for free by wearing their event t-shirt on Saturday and Sunday.

A visit to the Seward Community Museum (open Friday and Saturday from 12–5 pm), features a well-curated collection of historical artifacts and photographs. Ask for the Museum Explorers Guide and scavenger hunt activity sheets at the front desk. Admission is free during the winter.

Playing Outside

Take a Sunday drive and see the otters and harbor seals from scenic Lowell Point Road. Near the end of the road is the trailhead to Tonsina Trail in the Lowell Point State Recreational Area. The scenic 3-mile trail climbs gently and parallels the shoreline before leading down to a metal bridge spanning a small river. From there, it’s a short walk to the beach to run, play and hunt for seashells.  

Bring your ice skates, bundle up and head to Second Lake at Two Lakes Park. Seward Parks and Recreation uses an Ice Dragon—an Alaskan made, ice resurfacing machine—to keep the ice in good condition for skating. There’s often a bonfire going near the shore to warm-up between pick-up hockey games. The short, gently rolling loop trail (0.7 mile) around the park is also a local favorite.

Where to Stay

Staying at The Breeze Inn, an annual supporter of the Polar Bear Jump, is a great way to be close to all the events. Rooms start at $69 so you can participate in all of the fun.

Enjoy views of the small boat harbor while soaking in the hot tub or swimming pool at Harbor 360 Hotel. Winter rates start at $89/night, including free breakfast. 

To be closer to activities downtown, Hotel Seward is offering specials for Alaska residents throughout the weekend. Rooms in the historic wing of the hotel start at $70/night, or splurge and receive deluxe accommodations for $108/night.

Get away from it all in a quaint cabin at Serenity by the Sea, a family-run property tucked away on Lowell Point, a short 2-mile drive from downtown Seward. Rates start at $109/night for a family-style cabin that sleeps up to 6 people.

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Have a question about Seward’s Polar Bear Jump or other winter activities? Contact the Seward Chamber of Commerce at 907.224.8051. 

Feature Image: “Make it High, Make it Hurt.” 2013’s Belly Flop Team plunges into the icy water of Seward Harbor. Photo by Heidi Zemach for Seward City News.