Seward – More than the Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park

seward-alaska-exit-glacier-The population of Seward Alaska is about to rise rapidly as the summer season arrives. The town boasts a year round population of about 3,000 residents however that easily doubles once the tourists arrive. Seward is most known as the “Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park” and offers a plethora of boat tours that include glacier and wildlife viewing. These tours are spectacular and not to be missed on any visit to Seward, but the town has a lot more to offer such as kayaking, fishing, dog kennel tours and hiking. For help choosing which boat tour to take be sure to read our blog on Kenai Fjords boat cruises.

Kayaking
sunny-cove-kayakAlaska Tour & Travel offers two different kayaking excursions, both of which are great for kayakers of all abilities. No prior experience is required and it is a great way to view the special beauty of Seward. Your choice depends on whether you want a full day experience or just a morning or afternoon of paddling. The full day Fox Island Kayaking trip offers a boat tour of Resurrection Bay in route to Fox Island, a guided wilderness paddle and a prime rib and salmon lunch. The shorter option departs from Lowell Point, just two miles from downtown Seward. Choose from single or tandem kayaks and learn from experienced guides. There are morning or afternoon departures. Mornings are recommended for families as the water is the calmest at this time of day. Children over 8 are welcome to share a kayak with an adult.

Fishing
Fish on! Numerous guided fishing charters are available in Seward. Fish for king salmon, silver salmon, halibut, ling cod or rock fish. Full day charters are required for the deep sea fish and half day charters are available for salmon. Fishing out of Seward is a special experience as you get to enjoy the majestic scenery of Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park while you fish! The Fish House offers a great charter experience and Seward.com offers a complete listing of fishing charters. Captain Jack’s Seafood Locker or Seward Fish Co. can assist in processing and shipping your catch.

Dog Mushing
iditaride-summer-sled2Seward is the home of the Seavey’s Iditarod Racing Kennel. This racing kennel had a phenomenal Iditarod in2016 with Dallas Seavey winning the race and Mitch Seavey taking second place in this year’s 1,000 mile race from Anchorage to Nome. The Seavey’s offer the IdidaRide Sled Dog Real Alaska Tour which features a brief tour of downtown Seward, a trip to Exit Glacier, lunch, a tour of the kennel and a dog sled ride (on wheels). This is a great opportunity to learn about Alaska’s state sport and what it takes to become an Iditarod Champion.

Hiking
Seward’s hiking trails offer something for everyone – choose to wander the coast of Seward on a paved trail, hike to the top of Mt. Marathon or hike the one mile loop trail at Exit Glacier. Consider the Harding Ice Field trail if you are looking for a full day hike!

seward-alaska-harding-icefieldMt. Marathon is Seward’s most famous peak. This 3,022 foot mountain is the site of Alaska’s most famous foot race which occurs annually on the 4th of July. While I would not recommend running the trail, the views from the top are great for the adventurous and experienced hiker. An easier hike is available at Exit Glacier. A great paved trail takes you to the face of the glacier and offers impressive views. If you are visiting Seward without a car, consider the Exit Glacier Tour. This tour features a naturalist guide that can help you understand how glaciers shape the landscape and explain the vegetation and topography of the area.

Canopy Tour

Need more zip in your vacation?  One of Seward’s newest attractions is the Stoney Creek Canopy Adventure.  Located just outside of Seward, the Canopy Adventure includes eight separate and exciting zip rides, three suspension bridges, and two rappels in a beautiful setting among the Sitka Spruce forest.

As you can see there are plenty of great ways to see and experience Seward. Be sure to stay a few days so that you have the opportunity to take part in multiple activities and you’ll find that Seward is among the best destinations to experience while visiting Alaska.

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  1. susan
    June 22nd, 2013 | 10:34 am

    Three of us went on the 6 hour boat tour from Seward and had the time of our lives. It was absolutely beautiful and the wildlife was abundant that day. We saw Sea Otters with pups on their bellies, Orcas and Grey Whales, dolphins, many kinds of birds including a few puffins. The glacier was magnificent! It was just fantastic. I will never forget this 6 hour tour of the most beautiful place (Kenai Fjords)I’ve been.

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