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Alaska Wildlife Tour

Anchorage, United States
  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds
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Overview

Meet the animals of Alaska on a 4-hour tour from Anchorage. Travel down the gorgeous Seward Parkway along the Turnagain Arm waterway to viewpoints including the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, Bird Point and Beluga Point. Take in the breathtaking scenery and look for wildlife, then continue to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, situated at the edge of Portage Valley. Go inside the sprawling nature preserve for injured animals to view large land animals up close. You can see critters such as fox, lynx, grizzly bear, caribou, wood bison and more.
  • 4-hour tour of the Turnagain Arm and Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Stop at viewpoints to look for wildlife
  • See wild animals up close at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Learn about native Alaskan wildlife from local, informative guides
  • Take in the scenic beauty of Turnagain Arm and Chugach National Forest

What's Included

  • Pickup and drop-off from the Anchorage area
  • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting point
  • Professional local guide
  • Professional photographer guide (when available)
  • Light snacks and water
  • Food and drinks (please note the tour does not stop for lunch)
  • Pickups from businesses, private homes, apartments or B&B's. If this is your case, please contact the supplier for the nearest pick up location.

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center
    555 W 5th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

    Please look for our silver Mercedes Sprinter van parked by the front curb of the Egan Center.

Start time

09:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

After morning pickup at your Anchorage hotel, travel along the Seward Parkway towards Portage Valley.

Your knowledgeable guide shares fascinating commentary about the wildlife of Turnagain Arm and the Chugach National Forest area. Stop at the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, Beluga Point and Bird Point to get different vantage points on the Turnagain Arm, and look for wildlife such as moose, caribou and eagles. The Turnagain Arm is a narrow branch of the Cook Inlet, which connects to the Gulf of Alaska.

Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a wildlife reserve located at the edge of Portage Valley. On the sprawling refuge, injured and orphaned wild animals are rehabilitated, including large Alaskan land animals like grizzly bears, wood bison, caribou, moose, musk ox and deer. View the animals up close and learn about their backstory as you walk around the large wildlife center.

Your 4-hour tour ends with return to your Anchorage hotel.

Seward Highway (Pass By)

Experience the highlights of the Turnagain Arm! This day tour departs Anchorage for the scenic drive south along the edge of the Turnagain Arm on the Seward Parkway. This road is considered to be America’s most beautiful and scenic road, crossing mountain passes and majestic valleys. Along the way we will try to spot moose, eagles and other wildlife. On our way towards the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, we will make a couple of stops for photo opportunities at Beluga Point and Bird Point.

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

We will visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. The AWCC opened to the public in 1993. It is located on 140 acres at the southern edge of Turnagain Arm and the entrance to Portage Valley. The center’s mission is to provide care and rehabilitation for injured and orphaned wildlife and to provide wildlife education and awareness. Animals that are unable to be released or survive in the wild are given refuge in the center's spacious habitats. Here people can safely get close, observe and photograph some of Alaska's largest land animals, including moose, bison, elk, deer, caribou, bears muskox, small mammals and birds of prey. During spring and summer, visitors can often witness the rehabilitation of orphaned baby animals of various species.

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide (English and Spanish)
  • Activity level is easy. Guests should be able to walk short distances on uneven ground. Trails surfaces vary from paved to uneven natural terrain. Tour participants must be able to walk a short distance and be able to get in/out of the tour vehicle with minimal assistance.We strongly recommend that guests requiring assistance be accompanied by a companion who is capable of, and totally responsible for, providing assistance. Neither Planet Earth Adventures nor our suppliers may physically lift or assist guests onto transportation vehicles or otherwise.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

about cancellations.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Alaska Wildlife Tour?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Alaska Wildlife Tour?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Alaska Wildlife Tour?

A:The policies on social distancing are:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Alaska Wildlife Tour?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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This tour is great to see some of...
EeHim_O, Sep 2017
This tour is great to see some of these animals like the moose, bears, Fox etc. on the way to the conservation centre along Turnagain Arm, its a great site to spot whales near the shore during the high tides. Our guide was very knowledgeable and offered a lot of info on the whole journey.
See the animals of Alaska safely
David_T, Jul 2021
We had Albert as our tour guide and he was awesome. He knew exactly where to stop so we could get great pictures. He was full of knowledge & made the journey even better.
I was very disappointed in the Alaska...
pcra2000, Aug 2018
I was very disappointed in the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. It was very run-down ... dilapidated cages ... roads in poor condition ... animals cooped up, etc. You can tour down Seward Parkway all by yourself and see everything the guide showed. Save your money - poor choice on my part.
Turnagain Arm
Barbara_V, May 2021
Matt was a wonderful guide, I enjoyed his love of nature and his knowledge of the wildlife and sites. He is witty and my daughter and I felt very comfortable and safe.
Response from Host, May 2021
Barbara, Thank you for your review and for traveling with us. We appreciate your comments and I will make sure that Matt knows that you enjoyed his tour. Safe travels!
Our guide was very...
Simone_M, Aug 2022
Our guide was very knowledgeable and fun. Had a great time. Phil knew a great deal about the history of the area and was happy to answer any question.
Great tour great guide.
Michael_G, Jul 2021
OMG this was such a great tour. Our guide Zac was the absolute best. Very knowledgeable and friendly. We had an amazing time watching and learning about all the animals. I recommend this tour to everyone!
Response from Host, Jul 2021
Michael, Thank you for reviewing us. I am happy to hear that you had a great time with Zac. Thank you for recommending us and for traveling with us.
Enjoyable tour for viewing Alaskan animals and their habitants
Susan_M, Jun 2022
Very enjoyable trip especially if one is passionate about nature and animals. Comfortable transportation and knowledgeable tour guide.
Got to see the wild life sanctuary...
Reena R, Jul 2017
Got to see the wild life sanctuary it was nice, it drizzle most of the time and the clouds are grey in Alaska, so I purchased a rain coat that helps towards the wild life.
Fun and Educational
Michelle_S, Jul 2019
After a fantastic time in Alaska this tour was great. It allowed us to see the animals in the Conservation Center up close (Bears, Moose, and so many others). Our tour guide was very friendly and highly accommodating. It was a great experience!
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First class rescue!!
Joseph_R, Jun 2019
All the animals seemed healthy! Enclosures were minimally intrusive! Would liked more time to watch the bears!!
The brown bear walked...
Robyn_W, Jun 2022
The brown bear walked right by us... so cool, then we saw 2 baby moose and one got up to stretch. Again and up close n personal view..saw some musk ox, something we never saw before it was a great adventure. Our guide was very courteous and knowledgeable about the animals and area we toured
Amazing Experience
Brian_E, Jun 2022
Absolutely an amazing time Albert was beyond amazing as a quide..I highly recommend going on this tour..Thank you for a wonderful experience
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Brian, Thank you so much for your review and kind words. I am happy that you enjoyed our tour. It was great meeting you and sharing Alaska with you!!
First stop in Alaska
Jack_F, Jul 2021
Informative commentary Fun animal watching Our guide knew the area well and regions also helped us understand about the challenges faced in other regions At the center got to see a variety of wildlife
Response from Host, Jul 2021
Thanks for your review, for choosing us for your tour and also for visiting Alaska!
Highly recommend
MaryEllen_B, Jul 2021
Albert is an amazing guide - full of knowledge and appreciation for the animals and landscape. I would book any tour his company offers.
Response from Host, Jul 2021
Mary Ellen, Thank you so much for the review!! I appreciate you for choosing our company.
Our tour guide was so...
Argin_M, Sep 2022
Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and kind, they made this trip amazing. It was such an organized and well set trip that I was sad to be over. definitely recommend to everyone.
A must experience!
Timothy_S, Jul 2021
Tanner was an excellent guide, knowledgeable, conversational, affable, and considerate. We loved the conservation center and its mission.
Response from Host, Jul 2021
Thank you for reviewing us and sharing your experience with Tanner. We appreciate that you chose our company for your day tour in Anchorage.
Worth a visit!
James_G, Jun 2022
Seeing a grizzly up close was the highlight for us. Very few animals were 'on show' during our visit which was disappointing.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed our bear at the Wildlife Conservation Center. We always like to show you all the animals but with the warm weather we've been having this summer, sometimes its hard to view all animals. Although is comfortably nice for us humans, these warm temperatures can be hard on some of the animals. They prefer to stay cool by limiting their movements and often seek shady areas. Hope that you enjoyed your visit in Alaska. Thanks for choosing us!!
Great Informative Tour with Scott
ALICE_B, Sep 2018
Scott started our tour with a smile. The Coach was clean and comfortable. There were 10 family members. We listened and learned and Scott also encouraged questions as well. We saw a lot of beautiful scenery and learned about the environment. The Animal Conservation Center was impressive. We really saw a lot of different animals.
Highly recommended
Dante_A, Jun 2021
Julie plus guest dog musher Jodie from Fairbanks exceeded expectations for an overall wonderful highly personalized experience. It’s really good to be in company with people who know what they do and really like what they do. I feel we paid so little and got so much. Highly recommended is an understatement...
Response from Host, Jun 2021
Dante, Thanks for taking the time to review us and for sharing your comments about your experience. I know that you were treated by a very special guest & friend of ours. Jodie is an amazing person, great Iditarod musher and she has some really amazing stories to tell. I am jealous I was not able to be part of this group on this day but happy that Jodi and Julie delivered an unforgettable tour for you and our other lucky guests on this day! Thank you for choosing our company and for visiting Alaska!! Safe travels.
Albert made a great tour even better
Mary_N, Aug 2021
This was our list tour before leaving Alaska and we certainly went out with a bang. Our guide, Albert, was outstanding! He has lived in Alaska for a long time and was very knowledgeable about the state and the wildlife we went to see. We cruised along the highway watching for mountain goats and beluga whales (pretty sure I saw one) and went to the Alaskan Wildlife Animal Rescue, which was simply amazing. He talked about all the animals, gave us time to roam on our own but also joined us for much of the tour to discuss the animals and their habitat. This is a must do if you go to Alaska.

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