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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Tours

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
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.

Address: Mile 79 Seward Highway, Girdwood, Alaska 99587, USA
Admission: Varies
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Wilderness, Wildlife & Glacier Experience from Anchorage

Wilderness, Wildlife & Glacier Experience from Anchorage

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Get out of the city and deeper into the Alaskan wilderness than is typical on a sightseeing tour. This small-group tour takes you to Chugach National Forest, Beluga Point, Portage Glacier, and more to spot brown bears, wolves, bison, and belugas. Enjoy live commentary and learn about the unique landscapes of Alaska from your expert guide.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$185.00
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Winter All-In-One

Winter All-In-One

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Experience Alaska in the twilight of winter on a tour that squeezes in all of the highlights surrounding Anchorage. Visiting Alaska in the winter is a magical opportunity ideal for travelers who want to avoid the summer crowds. However, winter conditions and limited daylight can make it tough to sightsee. Luckily, with this tour, you don’t have to worry about logistics or conditions and can focus on enjoying the sights.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Alaska Wildlife Day Tour with Free Hotel Pickup

Alaska Wildlife Day Tour with Free Hotel Pickup

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Experience some of the most beautiful scenery in Alaska and see an amazing range of Alaska native animals in a natural setting, all in an afternoon!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Leave the Smoke Behind! Ice Cream To-Go Trip to AWCC & Whittier

Leave the Smoke Behind! Ice Cream To-Go Trip to AWCC & Whittier

Leave the Smoke Behind! Enjoy a personal car experience for a mini road trip to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) and Whittier, AK. Wild Scoops Ice Cream To-Go makes this one terrific Road Trip! Fresh air and clear harbor views await!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Bears, Trains & Icebergs Tour

Bears, Trains & Icebergs Tour

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Busy travelers with only one day to spare can see the best of the Alaskan wilderness on a tour that combines a scenic train ride, river float, glacial lake paddle, and a visit to a wildlife conservation center. From taking photos with icebergs to seeing bears at the wildlife center, the mix of activities fulfills visitors’ Alaskan adventure dreams.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Seward to Anchorage Cruise Transfer and Private Tour

Seward to Anchorage Cruise Transfer and Private Tour

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Explore fishing villages, traverse the Kenai Mountains, and spot Alaskan wildlife during a private transfer service between Seward and Anchorage. Getting from Seward to Anchorage presents a logistical challenge for visitors planning to fly out of Anchorage, but this tour turns your cruise ship transfer into a chance to explore Alaska. A private guide shapes the trip to fit your group’s interests and wraps up the day by showing you around Anchorage.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Turnagain Arm and Portage Valley Private Tour

Turnagain Arm and Portage Valley Private Tour

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Explore the natural beauty of the Turnagain Arm, Portage Valley and city of Anchorage on a customized full-day private tour with an informative guide. Ride a tram to the top of Mt Alyeska, explore the town of Girdwood, and gaze at the Portage Glacier during a cruise on Portage Lake. View Alaska's majestic wildlife during stops at scenic viewpoints and a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Then discover the best spots for restaurants and cultural attractions in Anchorage on a comprehensive city tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$866.67
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