Kenai Fjords boat tour w/ Major Marine Tours
This tour offers an on-board National Park Ranger to tell you all about the landmasses as well as the various wildlife you'll encounter during your trip.
They also offer a great meal on the boat, well worth the extra few dollars.
Alaska SeaLife Center
This is a good option for those rainy days if you want to do something indoors. I found it interesting. The following description was taken from the kenaifjords website.
'In May of 1998 the Alaska SeaLife Center opened it's doors to the public. This 115,000 square-foot world class facility has several laboratories, tanks and pools made for cold-water marine research, and is the only one of its kind in the world. It is a non-profit educational and rehabilitation center. Visitors are encouraged to watch and learn about the various marine wildlife in the area and at the same time interact with the scientists as they do their research. There are three main habitats that imitate the animals' natural homes. Visitors are able to enjoy a variety of marine birds, harbor seals, Steller sea lions, and much more. It is a self-guided tour, approximately an hour and a half to complete.'
Rates: $12.50 / adult $10.00 / child ages 4-6
Iditaride Sled Dog Tours - Informative summer dogsled rides with Iditarod musher along scenic forest trail. Visit the 80-dog kennel and cuddle with husky puppies. The ride and tour takes 1 hour. (800)478-3139 May - Sept. (907)224-8607 in Seward, Sept - May (907)260-3139 in Sterling.
If you're in Seward on the 4th of July watch or join the annual Mount Marathon Race. This grueling endurance race goes up and then down Mount Marathon (3,022 feet/921 meters). The race is said to have begun in 1909 with a wager between 2 sourdoughs as to how long it would take to run up and down Mt. Marathon. (A sourdough was a prospector or settler of that time who usually lived alone and subsisted on sourdough bread). The fastest recorded time is 43 minutes, 23 seconds set in 1981 by Bill Spencer. The descent is so steep that it's part run, part jump, part slide. Competitors come from all over and thousands of spectators line the route each year.
Most of the park is only acessible by water making a cruise an excellent way of seeing the park. The cruise ranges from $40-$100 and can be either half or full day.
This center was initially established to help Alaskan sealife affected by the Valdez spill. Since then, it's been converted into a marine life exhibit and a research center.
Mt. MArathon Fourth of July race
Amazing to watch these people zip up a mountain in the second oldest footrace, and most unique in the country.
A beautiful campground about 25 minutes outside of Seward. Has some nice sites just off lakeshore. Get here early on the weekends during summer to claim a good spot.
Seward seems to have quite a busy harbor which includes a mixture of sightseeing boats, working boats and cargo ships.
This little guy was snacking on a crab right outside of the Small Boat Harbor. Keep your eyes peeled since they are all over the place.
Here we are on the sailboat in Aialik Bay. You will see Orcas,glaciers ,Sea Otters,Seals and other wildlife. There a plenty of tours available in the Small Boat Harbor/
Easily accessible via a short trail, you also pass it en route to the Harding Icefield from which it originates.
Really nice exhibits on Resurrection Bay sealife. Also, displays on current research and live camera on the stellar sea lions in or outside of the bay.