Towering mountains and dramatic fjords
Seward is one of Alaska’s oldest communities. Lying at the foot of Mount Marathon on Resurrection Bay, this scenic city offers unlimited ways to explore its natural splendor.
Founded in the early 20th century as settlers plotted the construction of the northbound rail line, Seward’s ice-free port and crowning Harding Icefield quickly established the city as an important shipping terminal on the Kenai Peninsula and the southern terminus of the Iditarod National Historic trail. Temperate rainforest climate and active glaciers combine to offer countless tidewaters, marine-rich waters, lush forest trails, and a variety of wildlife.
Travel to the Kenai Fjords National Park to hike or ski amongst its beautiful mountains. Kayak the tide pools along the fjords, and explore the Exit Glacier while mushing your own dog sledding team. A boat excursion or flightseeing tours offer an up close glimpse of the Harding Icefield’s glaciers, the majesty of the dramatic Kenai Fjords, and the dense greenery of the Chugach National Forest. Tour the rich waters of Resurrection Bay, join local anglers to fish for Coho salmon and halibut, or keep a look out for bright-billed puffins, friendly otters, sea lions, humpback whales, and much more. Take a coffee break in Seward’s quaint downtown, or find a mount and explore areas of the shoreline only accessible on horseback, including the old town of Seward, which was leveled by the Good Friday Earthquake. Shaped by time, earthquakes, and ocean storms, Seward’s unfolding beauty is yours to explore, any way you choose.
Alaska SeaLife Center
Alaska SeaLife Center
A comprehensive education center that offers a unique view at Alaska’s waters and sea life. See aquariums filled with native fish and gossamer jellyfish, tide pool touch tanks, and a series of two story glass-sided tanks that display an above water view of seabird rookeries and harbor seals, along with an underwater view of diving sea lions.
Discover Seward’s history through a curated collection of photos, artifacts, and ledgers. The museum displays a collection of native baskets, arts, and ivory carvings, and features a gift shop complete with books by local authors and other locally produced goods.
Visit a sled-dog kennel and meet former Iditarod racers, followed by a helicopter to a glacier where you can test out your own skills mushing a team of sled-dogs across the icy tundra, year-round.
Seward, Alaska At a glance