Seward Things to Do

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    Exploring Wildlife/Glaciers by boat cruise

    by jumpingnorman Written May 6, 2009

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    Exhausted after the extensive boat cruise, Alaska
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    So, I got hold of a SEWARD Magazine and on opening it, the first page showed a boat cruise by Major Marine Tours which promises exploration of the wildlife and glaciers...it did look like they have half-day and full-day tours....But, we were driving to Seward and expecting to be there before noon.

    I dialed up their number (1-800-764-7300) and a lady (Sara) told me there was a good deal on the half-day cruise which departs at 1230 PM - only $62 plus a $19 eat all you can buffet --- okay! So, the boat could have 100 passengers but during this month of May, only 30 people have reserved so there was so much room.

    The office of Majors is so easy to find at the small town of Seward - just by teh Visitor Center and you can't miss it. I paid the tour and immediately, we went to board the nice blue boat, passing through a blue-canopied deck and passing through several nice boats...

    Our boat was the one featured on the magazine I was holding - the Star of the Northwest. There were two levels for passengers and an upper level for viewing. There was a park ranger who was with us throughout the tour and he spoke through a microphone that can be heard through speakers all over the boat - wherver you are. he did a good job but would not accept a tip from us later and just wanted us to tip the crew (his name was Tom).

    Thew boat ride itself is very exciting, starting off with a welcome froim the captain, then introduction of the crew, and then a great buffet of salad, salmon, and steak...it was good and filling and worth the $19!

    Then you see a sea otter and then a mountain goat, then porpoises/dolphins and then a killer whale orca!!! You will need your cameras of course, some bringing big ZOOMERS and we were good coz we had our binoculars. But if you missed bringing them, they also rent out binoculars for $5.

    Then we passed this great mountainside cliff with amazing birds that screech by the thousands --- it was eerie and I took a video of it and upload here on VT.

    The tour was exhausting with seeing all the wildlife - so by the time we reached the Bear Glacier n- we were poofed....Must be very tiring to do the whole day tour!

    Overall a great experience and would do it again...

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    • Whale Watching

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    See where the Iditerod Dog Sled Race Starts

    by jumpingnorman Updated May 6, 2009

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    Iditerod's Mile 0 in Seward, Alaska
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    Seward is where that famous dog sled race starts (did you watch that Disney Movie too?)...to get to it, I just got hold of a Seward travel magazine which is free and found everywhere in Alaska. The map is so simple because Seward is so small...

    I was expecting to see a bigger place but it was just a small parking lot place and there was a very nice monument made for the event. This is called MILE 0.

    There's a tower of rocks and then also a three sticks holding up a sign saying that this was where the Iditerod starts. I can just imagine all the people, excited about the event. They must park their cars far away all over the streets of Seward....yhou can hear (imaginge) the dogs barking...How fun! And then I hear there are also the animal activists who are against the event --- but then this event has become a part of the history of Alaska, a place that just got its statehood 50 years ago (this year is 2009)...

    There iis also metal sled monument dedcicated to a previous winner who apparently died (he was born 1964 only - so he should have been 45 this year)...how sad.

    But the place is set in a nice place on the banks and there are great spots for picture taking.

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    Alaska Sea Life Center

    by jumpingnorman Updated May 12, 2009

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    Sea Lions at Resurrection Bay, Seward, AK
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    You can’t miss this nice aquarium located near Resurrection Bay when you are driving in the town of Seward. The admission is only $20 for adults, students 12-17 pay $15 and kids 4-11 pay only $10. The building is impressive and promises to show you the wonderful sealife found at the Gulf of Alaska --- so expect to see the Steller Sea Lion swimming through glass tanks, the very cute puffins, king crabs and even a giant Pacific octopus. The facility also has “touch tanks” for close encounters, and educational short films and interactive displays.

    Summer Hours:
    May 1 - September 14,
    Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 6:30pm
    Friday - Sunday 8:00am - 6:30pm
    Winter Hours
    September 15 - April 30
    Open 7 days a week
    10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

    Free wheelchairs and strollers are available for those touring the Center.

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    The daily catch

    by annk Updated Jul 10, 2004

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    Whether you fish or not, I highly suggest walking along the harbor to see the daily catch. I was amazed at the number and size of fish brought in! Halibut almost as tall as an average person.

    It was entertaining watching the crews of boats unload the fish, hose them off and hang them for photo opportunities. It sometime took 2 men to hang the larger fish.

    Fishing licenses:
    * Residents - $15
    * Nonresidents:
    1 day - $10
    3 day - $20
    7 day - $30
    14 day - $50
    annual - $100

    Can purchase licenses locally at:
    Miller's Landing, J-Dock, Fish House, Seward Shop.
    By Mail: Fish and Game Licensing Section
    P.O. Box 25525, Juneau, AK 99802-5525
    Over the internet: using Visa or Mastercard
    see website address below

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    The Welcome Flag Monument at Seward Alaska

    by jumpingnorman Updated May 8, 2009

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    Welcome to Seward, Alaska
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    Once you enter Seward, you won't miss this nice welcoming Memorial...most people would probably just bypass it. But we decided to park in it, specially for picture taking purposes --- the sign looked good...

    But on further inspection, we saw that the park was beside a nice lake and that the Monument was dedicated a to a boy who designed the flag of Seward, or was it the State of Alaska? His name is Benny Benson -- he was only 13 years old! Amazing story and I will just let you find out about him when you visit this place.

    Alaska is celebrating its 5oth year as a state this year, 2009 and it's just so nice to read about the very short history of this State (although the native Eskimos/Indians have more history to tell here).

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    Little Senior Museum at Seward

    by jumpingnorman Updated May 8, 2009

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    Little Senior Museum at Seward
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    Seward is a very small town and my sister and I were on the lookout for museums in the area and we did find this little Senior Museum which was interestingly connected to a Youth Center as well. Unfortunately, it was already 6 PM and the Museum was already closed and I just peeked through the window that they have exhibits on life at Seward.

    But the interesting thing would be the murals on the Iditerod that you will pass by just before you readch the Museum. Seward is known for the iditerod which is a famous dog sled race, and Mile 0 or where the race starts is right here in Seward.

    The map we had also said that there was some railroad exhibit across the Museum, but we did not find any - was it removed?

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    Murals around town

    by annk Updated Aug 15, 2004

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    commercial fishermen

    The Seward Mural Society has produced 7 murals that can be seen on public & commercial buildings around town. Most depict life in and around Seward. Pictured is a colorful scene of commercial fishermen at work. It's located on the wall of the Oriental Garden Restaurant.

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    IdidaRide Sled Dog Tours

    by annk Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    Seavey's Sled Dogs

    If you have any interest in the sled dog teams or the Iditarod, you may want to visit & take a tour at the Seavey Homestead located close to Exit Glacier. There are 6, one hour tours daily that last 1 1/2 hours. Included is a 2-mile long dog sled ride through the wilderness. Trained mushers are the guides along with some experienced sled dogs. Since the dogs were at different levels of training, they did get tangled up a few times. You also get to play with adorable little husky puppies that have sharp little needle teeth.

    The cost is $44 for adults during peak season. It seems expensive but these tours help to defer the tremendous expense associated with raising and training hundreds of sled dogs.

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    Kenai Fjords N.P. - Exit Glacier

    by annk Updated Aug 14, 2004

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    at the foot of Exit Glacier

    The most accessible glacier in the park with trails leading up to the ice and surrounding mountains. A half mile trail takes you to the foot of the glacier. There is also a more strenuous 7 mile hike that climbs 3,000 feet for an outstanding view of Harding Icefield.

    In the summer the visitor's center is open and staffed with National Park Rangers. Ranger led walks are available and there is a picnic area and walk-in campground.

    Please heed the safety signs when approaching the glacier. Ice is unpredictable, unstable and can be very dangerous.

    Fees: $5/per vehicle, $3/per hiker or bicyclist

    Some beautiful views and another definite must see!!

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    Lowell Point

    by PA2AKgirl Written Apr 20, 2007

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    This is my favorite part of Seward--it's so beautiful here and during the off season (maybe all year, I can't say for sure), it's quiet. The road, which is muddy, goes about 3 miles to a day use area at a beach. This beach is incredible. At the shoreline, it's rocky and slippery with kelp and algae. But the area from the path to the intertidal zone is an impressive stretch of black "sand". It provides great views out to Resurrection Bay and back toward Seward. On the beach, you can walk to this lone rock outcropping and search for creatures who live in the intertidal zone...we saw an impressive sunflower star right away and a few little crabs. If you go out in the morning, you might be visited by a dog. She lives there and has for years...she's well trained and doesn't mind going into the freezing water to bring you a stick to throw. Very happy, very friendly:)
    Lowell Point has a trail up to the upper parking lot through a forest but this too is muddy...there are other trails from here which I'll cover in my Caine's Head tip.

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    Kenai Fjords National Park

    by PA2AKgirl Written Apr 20, 2007

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    the water is amazingly blue
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    There are many ways to see Kenai Fjords but driving isn't one of them (with the exception of Exit Glacier in the warmer seasons). There's multiple companies that offer tours varying in length and expense on their large boats or by kayak. If you don't want to see it by water, you can take a scenic flight. If you happen to come up to Alaska with your own boat, you need to check in with the harbor master and find out where you can go exactly. We take the tour boat option. The park itself is pretty large and your best bet is to find a way to get into the many fjords to see whales, otters, sea lions, bears and the multitude of other wildlife. There's plenty of glaciers to see as well--the park houses the Harding Ice Field which is the largest one completely in the US.
    While Kenai Fjords isn't so much an "explore on your own" kind of park, it seems that way. Without vehicle or much hiking accessiblity, it's maintained that complete wilderness appeal and if you're anywhere near Seward or can find a way to get down there, sign up for a boat or flight tour.
    There's a Visitor Center in downtown Seward, open seasonally. However, if it's not open, this doesn't mean the park is closed. There are still tours going on and you're able to enjoy winter activities near Exit Glacier (even if the road is closed)

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    Downtown

    by PA2AKgirl Written Apr 20, 2007

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    a quiet evening

    Like many Alaska port towns/cities, Seward's downtown is compact and easy to walk. There are walking tours available but you can also certainly do it on your own--it's a pedestrian friendly place. From the water you can walk up the main streets that make up downtown. If history is your thing, Seward has plenty of buildings that are either still used or preserved to keep the history alive. From a turn of the century church to the oldest business in Seward, you'll learn about founders and stories of this town. Again, if you don't want to take an organized tour, you can check out the Seward.com page for information of each building and plan your own walking tour.
    Additionally, the downtown has restaurants, bars, gift shops and museums.

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    Whale Migration

    by PA2AKgirl Written Apr 20, 2007

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    young whale in the cove

    Shortly after we first moved to Anchorage, we started seeing commericals for whale watching in Resurrection Bay. The commerical just said "come down now to see the whales as they make their way to the Bering Sea" but not the exact dates. After some research, we found that these tours took place from late March through early May--before cruise ships and tour groups came in. There are whales that stay around all year but the grey whales make that incredible migration and there's not much time to see them unless you are going to be sailing the Bering Sea. These trips are well worth the money--which actually isn't a ton of money at all. We went with Renown Tours for $69 a person for a 4 hour tour. It's still cold this time of year and there can be snow or driving rain out on the water but you will see whales and lots of other wildlife.

    Renown Tours was a good company to use but the tour operators share information so if a whale is spotted, another company will radio to whichever one you're with and the opportunity won't be lost. I thought that was very admirable since they're competitors.

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    Ocean Trolling for King Salmon

    by RickinDutch Written Jan 19, 2006

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    A Hard Day's Fun
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    The only locally owned and operated Sport Fishing Boat in Seward is the Florette C, a 53' troller converted to sports fishing and run by a very experienced skipper, Dianne Dubuc. Captain Dianne has many years experience as a commercial fisher and brought salt water king salmon fishing to Seward. I first saw her on a TV fishing show and was so impressed I made a point of getting to Seward and chartering the boat.
    I was not dissappointed. Wow!

    She operates year round and supplies everything you need for a great days fishing.

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    The Alaska Sealife Center

    by RickinDutch Written Jan 19, 2006

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    Steller Sealion Display

    This is a must see for anyone that makes it to Seward. The center is both an aquarium and a marine research/rescue center and chock full of dispalys for the old and the young.

    The $15 for adults and $12 for youth seems steep, but the money is going for a good cause.

    Hours from 4/15 to 9/15 are 8AM to 7PM, and 10AM to 5PM in the winter.

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