The 10 Best Things to Do in Seward, United States

December 19, 2017 Tynisha Seiler

Situated on the Kenai Peninsula at the head of Resurrection Bay, Seward boasts a scenic town and unparalleled natural beauty. Also known as the "Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park," Seward is a historic town with a lively harbor. Take a day boat tour from Seward to the National Park, where you can see abundant wildlife, spectacular fjords and tidewater glaciers.
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1. Kenai Fjords National Park

Seward Highway, Seward, AK +1 866-541-5739
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5 based on 1 reviews

Kenai Fjords National Park

Reviewed By Canyonskier - Reno, Nevada

As with any fjord cruise you will definitely see glaciers coming down into the water. We were lucky and saw humpback whales, sealions, orcas, otters, and lots of birds. Probably the only wildlife they can guarantee are the sealions and birds. The scenery is outstanding. Most of the park can be seen only by boat.

2. Resurrection Bay

Seward, AK +1 877-777-4051
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5 based on 741 reviews

Resurrection Bay

This area provides birders with views of fulmars, petrels, puffins, murres, kittiwakes and auklets.

Reviewed By dtaust19405 - Tweed Heads, Australia

We went on a boat tour around resurrection bay, it was lovely scenery lots of wildlife definitely worth a visit.

3. Holgate Glacier

Kenai Peninsula, Seward, AK 99664 +1 877-777-4051
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5 based on 202 reviews

Holgate Glacier

Reviewed By Kim T - Fayetteville, Arkansas

The tour I went on with Kenai Fjords stopped at this glacier. It was so quite there it was a little weird. When parts of the ice would break off it sounded so loud, even when it crashed into the water. It was almost like a gunshot. It was very large and so beautiful.

4. Alaska SeaLife Center

301 Railway Ave, Seward, AK 99664-3801 +1 907-224-6300
Excellent
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Alaska SeaLife Center

An education and research-focused aquarium offering underwater views of Alaskan marine animals.

Reviewed By BGBGBGG - Sydney, Australia

This little Sea Life Centre is a great place to visit at the end of a cruise into Alaska. It’s very informative and has a lot of interactive little displays. The puffins are super cute and the scuba divers under water cleaning the tanks are hilarious and we’re a real hit with he children. The cheeky harbour seals are also great fun to watch frolicking!

The digital theatre has a great deal of information regarding conservation and our responsibility to the planet.

Well worth the visit. Big and little kids alike will love it!

5. Seward Boat Harbor

Seward, AK 99664 +1 907-224-3138
Excellent
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4.5 based on 452 reviews

Seward Boat Harbor

Reviewed By Joel A - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

A low cost highly enjoyable experience for is to walk the marina. An Otter playing, people shaping up their boats, fisherman cleaning their catch, tour boats loading. All this under the long summer days. But the best photo opportunity came with the moon rising amongst the pristine snow capped peaks.

6. Waterfront Park

Seward, AK 99664 +1 907-224-4055
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4.5 based on 181 reviews

Waterfront Park

Reviewed By Maurene_K - Dover, New Hampshire

We had upgraded our Holland America cruise on the Noordam to include a 10-hour daytrip that included a 6-hour cruise with lunch aboard a 95-foot Kenai Fjords Tours ship Glacier Explorer for a tour of Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park.

We had some time beforehand to explore the waterfront area. Seward Waterfront Park was located between the Seward Boat Harbor and the Alaska SeaLife Center. It had tent and RV camping, a small beach, a small playground and picnic areas. There was a trail lined with historic landmarks.

The snow-dusted Chugach Mountains served as a backdrop on both sides of the bay.

We wished that we had more time here.

We rate Seward Waterfront Park at 4.50.

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7. Bear Glacier

Seward, AK +1 907-224-9225
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5 based on 78 reviews

Bear Glacier

Reviewed By Vermonters210 - Bennington, Vermont

We saw Bear Glacier on our boat tour to Northwestern Glacier. It is on the east side of Kenai Fjords National Park just outside of Resurrection Bay on the way to the Aialik Peninsula. You can see that this glacier is the combination of at least two glaciers because of the dark moraines that slice down its ice field. The captain of our boat told us that there is a fairly large fresh water lake in front of Bear Glacier now protected by the ice field in front of it. My wife recognized it immediately - it looked exactly like the photo she had seen in her Roadside Geology of Alaska book. Massive and beautiful - and only to be seen from the water.

8. Mt. Marathon

Seward, AK
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4.5 based on 106 reviews

Mt. Marathon

Reviewed By Globetrotter10K - New York City, New York

Every July 4 hundreds of men, women and youths race up and down Mt. Marathon. Why? Because it's there. Perhaps 50 or 60 years ago I might have managed a run up and down this mountain, but now at an advanced age the best way for me to participate in the race is by watching it from the streets at the base of the mountain. It is even possible to watch the race on local TV, where camera coverage by drones can show runners' slips, stumbles and grimaces--and their triumphant smiles as they cross the finish line.

In case you get hungry watching all the runners burning up so many calories, there are lots of restaurants, food trucks and food stands where you can grab a bite. The race is run in groups (youths, women, men), so if you want to watch the entire event it takes place over a period of about 4-5 hours. Starting times are posted so if you can choose which group or groups you want to watch.

If you are in or near Seward on July 4, don't miss the Mt. Marathon races.

9. Seward Community Library & Museum

239 6th Ave, Seward, AK 99664 +1 907-224-4082
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4.5 based on 79 reviews

Seward Community Library & Museum

The Seward Community Library & Museum is a department of the City of Seward. As a non-profit department, we strive to meet the information needs of local residents and visitors as a unique public library, local history museum and community center, with free WiFi, public access computers, a Community Room and a smaller Meeting Room and many spaces for people to meet, play and learn. We have free WiFi and public access computers. All are welcome! Winter Hours: Mid-September to Mid-May Closed Sundays Library Mon, 11am-6pm Tues-Thurs, 11am-8pm Fri-Sat, 11am-6pm Museum Fri-Sat, 12pm-5pm Free winter admission Summer Hours: Mid-May to Mid-September Library Opens at 10am, all else same as winter Museum Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm Sunday, 1pm-5pm (depends on volunteer availability) $4 admission for ages 13+ Summer Movie Program Iditarod National Historic Trail: A History 24 minutes Mon-Sat, 2pm $2 Suggested Donation Lost photo IDs, keys, cell phones, computers and devices will be turned into the Seward Police Dispatch after closing.

Reviewed By JCT738 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

If you like architecture, don't miss this new structure clad in tiles that change color in the light. Inside, the museum has well-designed displays of local history and Alaska pioneering, railroading, gold rush and fishing. They are gearing up for 2018 events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the famous artist Rockwell Kent's visit to nearby Fox Island.

10. Miller's Landing

13890 Beach Drive, Lowell Point, Seward, AK 99664 +1 866-541-5739
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4 based on 337 reviews

Miller's Landing

Millers Landing is a lodging and activity center right outside of Seward Alaska. We have fishing charters, water taxi, kayaking excursions, all types of lodging, and much much more! We also act as a local booking center for just about anything you can do in our area, at no cost to you. At Millers Landing we strive to take the stress out of trip planning for you and your friends and family. Fourth generation homesteaders to the area, we have all the local insights and tips you need to maximize your stay in our area, and more! Located 2.5 miles out of town, Millers Landing offers a unique platform for its activities, separating itself from the hustle of the "tourist town". Family run, on the homestead, and still very strongly participating in a subsistence lifestyle, Millers Landing offers true lifelong Alaskan hospitality. Come enjoy our free coffee from our porch and watch the boats and kayaks take off and return, often with loads of fish! Where the road ends, adventure begins!

Reviewed By Kenneth C - Reedley, California, Usa

I used Millers Landing to book our Hotel ( Hotel 360 ) also booking two days of Combo Fishing. Driving to the END of the Road as directions were spot on. It was as I had it in my mind ----- an Alaska business, Fishing Charters, Campgrounds, RV spots, etc. Hustle and bustle of employees preparing for the day. Our fishing trips were good and went well. We caught a true Combo of fish, now of which is in our freezer at home to enjoy. It was as expected for me. I want to fish some more.

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