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Things to Do in Seward
Day 1 in Seward
Take a Boat Tour of the Kenai Fjords
Many recommendations were made to take a boat tour of these fjords. We had just spent eight days cruising the waters of Alaska. Did we really want to go directly onto another boat? We decided to go for it, and the decision was the right one. The perspective is so different from a small boat, and the amount of wildlife you will see is unbelievable. We saw orca whales, Dall porpoises, sea otters, puffin colonies, and seals. For more information about how to see wildlife in Alaska, read my Alaskan wildlife guide.
Kenai Fjords National Park is over 50 percent water containing fjords and glaciers. It is mainly accessible by boat or plane.
- It is pretty bumpy getting out of the bay. Take seasickness medicine for this part of the journey. Shop for Bonine on Amazon (I am an Amazon affiliate, read my footer for details), or buy it when you check-in for your cruise. We also swear by SeaBands, a nonpharmaceutical approach.
- It is windy out there, so bring a waterproof, packable windbreaker, even in the summer.
- Bring a zoom lens with you for great pictures of the animals. I used my Sony RX-10 High Zoom.
Walk the Iditarod Trail
Enjoy Dinner on the Docks
Head back to the other side of town for gelato or candy at Sweet Darlings.
Day Two in Seward
We spent our second day doing a few tours in Seward.
Alaska SeaLife Center
Have Lunch at Thorn’s Showcase Lounge
Meet Sled Dogs!
Our half-day at Seavey’s Ididaride Sled Dog Tours was a highlight of our whole trip and very convenient. They picked us up at the train station, where we were able to drop off our luggage and made sure to get us back in time for the train.
The tour takes place at a real Iditarod sled dog camp. There we learned about the dogs and the race. We got to take a ride on a dirt trail with the pups, who seem to love the run. We even got to snuggle with adorable puppies — such a great way to learn about the sport.
If we stayed another day, we would have also considered some of these things to do in Seward
- Exit Glacier- You can catch a ride to this active glacier or take a tour to walk on the ice.
- Kayak around Bear Glacier- this is a bucket list item for me.
- If I had two extra days, I would take the train to Spencer Glacier to kayak there. It is a whistle-stop on the train trip to Anchorage- read about that below.
- Drive up to the Turnagain Arm to try to spot migrating beluga whales. While this was high on my list of goals, we were there a few days ahead of the whales. You ride alongside the Turnagain Arm on the train.
Where to Stay in Seward, Alaska
Best Western Plus Edgewater Suites
We stayed here because we wanted an inexpensive room that would easily fit our large family. It is across town from the cruise dock, but across the street from the Alaska SeaLife Center, which is a stop from the free bus. It is not fancy, but it includes breakfast, and it was perfect for us.
Harbor Hotel 360
If you are looking for a more plush room right on the docks, check out the Harbor Hotel 360.
How to Get from Seward to Anchorage
We then took one of the most stunning train rides ever. We took the Alaska Railroad with GoldStar Service from Seward to Anchorage, which wound through verdant green mountains, by shining lakes, through wetlands where moose sightings were possible, by tumbling waterfalls and even the Spencer Glacier. The Goldstar service is a glass-domed train with drink service, white napkin meal service, a viewing platform, and staff narration.
I hope I have inspired you to spend some of your time in Alaska in this town with so many things to do.
Let me know in the comments your plans, questions, or if you have other ideas of what to do in Seward.