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  • Address: Mile 79 Seward Highway, Girdwood, Alaska 99587, USA
  • Admission: Varies

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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Tours

Alaska is known for its wildlife, and at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center you can see an array of Alaskan species—bears, bison, moose, elk, musk oxen, and lynx among them—all in one place. Learn about each animal species from knowledgeable staff at this center that  works to rehabilitate animals and reintroduce them to life in the wild.

The Basics
You can explore the center’s vast grounds on foot or by car via a scenic 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) loop marked with informational placards about the resident animals. Most travelers visit the center as part of a guided wildlife tour, which often includes a scenic drive along the Turnagain Arm. You can also combine a visit to the conservation center with a cruise on Portage Lake for an up-close view of the magnificent Portage Glacier.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a must-see for families and animal lovers.
  • Wildlife center tours from Anchorage typically last 4 to 6 hours, depending on the option chosen. 
  • Remember to dress in layers; weather can change quickly in Alaska.
  • The center is accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is about an hour southeast of Anchorage, just off the Seward Highway. There’s no public transportation to the center, so you have to drive yourself or join a tour from Anchorage, Seward, or the Whittier cruise ship terminal.

When to Get There
The best time to visit the center is during the summer season (May to August), when it is open daily. You can visit throughout the year, but hours are limited during the shoulder seasons and colder winter months. Check with the center before you arrive for a current schedule of animal feedings and other special programs.

Bringing Back the Wood Bison
Wood bison, North America’s largest land mammal, were thought to be extinct at one time, but thanks to the efforts of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, they’re making a comeback. In 2015, 130 wood bison were successfully released into the wild.

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Glaciers and Wildlife: Super Scenic Day Tour from Anchorage, Anchorage, null
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Glaciers and Wildlife: Super Scenic Day Tour from Anchorage

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Small groups discover glaciers and wildlife on one one of the most intriguing road trips you will ever experience. A local expert will narrate on your 8 hour ...  Read more

Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $199.00
Turnagain Arm and Alaska Wildlife Tour from Anchorage, Anchorage, Full-day Tours
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Turnagain Arm and Alaska Wildlife Tour from Anchorage

4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Admire epic scenery and spot Alaskan wildlife on this tour from Anchorage, which takes you along the Seward Highway to the Turnagain Arm and the Alaska ...  Read more

Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Guided Winter Wildlife and Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Tour, Anchorage, Half-day Tours
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Guided Winter Wildlife and Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Travel south along the Turnagain Arm on this 4-hour guided trip, looking for native wildlife along the way. The main attraction is the Alaska Wildlife ...  Read more

Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Explorer Tour, Anchorage, Nature & Wildlife
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Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Explorer Tour

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 4 Reviews

Take a Shuttle down Turnagain Arm and Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Alaska on an outing that showcases the state's striking geographical features ...  Read more

Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $169.00
Glacier Discovery Tour, Anchorage, Nature & Wildlife
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Glacier Discovery Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

This is the perfect tour for those with limited time in Alaska. Experience magnificent Portage Glacier on this full-day tour from Anchorage, as well as famous ...  Read more

Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $199.00
Wildlife and Turnagain Arm Tour, Anchorage, Nature & Wildlife
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Wildlife and Turnagain Arm Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Take a shuttle along the glacier-carved shores of the Turnagain Arm, scoping out craggy cliffs for Dall sheep and scanning the water for surfacing beluga ...  Read more

Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $49.00
Turnagain Arm Tour, Anchorage, Nature & Wildlife
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Turnagain Arm Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Spend 5 hours on a half-day tour of the scenic Turnagain Arm—a narrow branch of the Cook Inlet that's backed by the Chugach Mountains. Drive on America's ...  Read more

Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.00
Alaska Wildlife Tour, Anchorage, Nature & Wildlife
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Alaska Wildlife Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Experience the highlights of Turnagain Arm on the scenic Seward Parkway! This road is often considered as one of America's most scenic drives, and this ...  Read more

Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Seward to Anchorage Cruise Transfer and Private Tour, Seward, Nature & Wildlife
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Seward to Anchorage Cruise Transfer and Private Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Welcome to Alaska! Combine this amazing, full-day tour with your cruise ship transfer to make the most of your Alaskan vacation. Experience the best parts of ...  Read more

Location: Seward, Alaska
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $995.00
Half-Day Tour from Whittier to Anchorage, Whittier, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Half-Day Tour from Whittier to Anchorage

A 3-hour one-way tour from Whittier to Anchorage through the gorgeous Alaskan landscape. This tour features live commentary, as well as photo stops at Beluga ...  Read more

Location: Whittier, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00

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