Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park have been described as among the most reliable places to view marine wildlife in the world. Many species can even be spotted from town, including Steller sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, humpback whales, bald eagles, seabirds, and more. Of course, your chances of seeing wildlife increase the further you travel into Kenai Fjords. We recommend that all visitors venture out on the water at least once during their time in Seward.

Glaciers dominate the landscape of Kenai Fjords National Park. Today nearly 51% of the park is covered by ice, and we owe our spectacular fjords and valleys to ancient glacial activity. Nearly 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, the crown jewel of Kenai Fjords. Hike alongside Exit Glacier, feel the thunderous roar of dramatic tidewater glaciers calving into the ocean, or fly to remote glaciers to experience dog sledding in stunning alpine terrain.

Day Cruises

Seward’s most popular excursion is a comfortable way to experience wildlife and glaciers. Trips range from 3.5 to 9 hours, on vessels small and large. The further out you go, the more likely you are to see wildlife and tidewater glaciers. Day cruises are perfect for all ages and activity levels.


Get underway

Private Boat Charters

Multi-day trips allow for customized itineraries based on your specific interests. More time on the water makes for unparalleled wildlife and glacier viewing. Independent travelers who prefer to experience Kenai Fjords National Park away from the crowds will love this option.

Choose your own adventure


Short on time or not a fan of boats? Flightseeing—via a helicopter or small fixed-wing plane—is a thrilling way to explore our backyard from a different perspective. Some itineraries allow time for a glacier landing and brief tour.


Take a flight


Seward is home to the Alaska SeaLife Center, our state’s leading public aquarium and only marine mammal rehabilitation facility. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center on Seward Highway is a great option for families looking for reliable sightings of bear, moose, and more.

Get wild

Sea Otters
Horned Puffin in Flight