Seward is home to several of Alaska’s crown jewels, including the Alaska SeaLife Center—the state’s only public aquarium—and Kenai Fjords National Park, described by National Geographic as “the essence of coastal Alaska.” Additional world-class attractions are an easy drive from town.
The Alaska SeaLife Center is Alaska’s premier public aquarium and Alaska’s only permanent marine mammal rehabilitation facility. Open since May 1998, the Alaska SeaLife Center generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems.
Established in 1980 by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, KFNP covers an area of 1,047 square miles on the Kenai Peninsula in south-central Alaska, near and around Seward. Named for the numerous fjords carved by glaciers moving down the mountains from the Harding Ice Field, the park contains at least 38 glaciers accessible by boat, airplane and hiking, and a multitude of wildlife species.
Curated by Resurrection Bay Historical Society, the Seward Community Museum houses a collection of objects, photographs and archives that document Seward’s past. The museum is located on the first floor of the city library and often holds presentations, lectures and video series.
Alaska’s premier cultural center shares the rich heritage of Alaska’s 11 cultural groups, featuring permanent collections and educational programs.. Visitors can experience Alaska Native culture first-hand through storytelling, Native song and dance, Native games and more.
Situated on the uplands breakwater protecting the Seward boat harbor, the Memorial features a lighthouse containing the names of mariners lost at sea or who have passed on after a lifetime of love for the ocean, as well a brick inlaid compass rose, “wave wall” windbreak, and a fantastic view of Resurrection Bay.
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a wildlife sanctuary dedicated to conservation, research, education and quality animal care. Open 7 days a week May-September, the center offers educational programs and self-guided walk-or-drive-through tours.