The gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park and the starting point of the Iditarod Trail, the small town of Seward lies about 125 miles (200 km) south of Anchorage. The best way to experience this Alaskan jewel and its majestic landscape is by boat – take a whale-watching tour or glacier cruise to get the full effect of Resurrection Bay, its surrounding mountains and the Exit Glacier.
If your cruise is ending in Seward, a shore excursion that combines transportation to the Anchorage airport with a tour to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a great way to make the most of your time and see some of Alaska’s famed wildlife.
How to get to Seward
Cruises dock a couple of miles north of the downtown area. A shuttle runs from the cruise dock to the tour boat area. If you’re staying in town, walk from the cruise dock or take one of the town’s few cabs. Once you’re downtown, it’s a very walkable area.
One Day in Seward
Don’t miss the Alaska SeaLife Center — it’s the top attraction in town. Just south of downtown, the SeaLife Center is an aquarium and research facility that’s home to fur seals, sea lions, puffins, octopus, otters and more. It’s the only marine wildlife rescue center in Alaska and will entertain and educate you with exhibits on rehabilitation and native marine habitats.
Next, have a seafood lunch at a restaurant on the waterfront, and then walk off your lunch with a stroll around town. There are several shops where you can pick up souvenirs like art, chocolate and outdoor gear. Walk through the waterfront park as you make your way back to your ship.
The currency is the US dollar, and the language in Alaska is English. There are ATMs and banks in town.