Seward is a scenic harbor town located at the end of beautiful Resurrection Bay. With the towering Kenai Mountains on one side of town and pristine ocean waters on the other, Seward offers an incredible array of summer and winter recreational activities for all interests and skill levels. Take a fishing charter into Resurrection Bay in search of that 200 pound halibut. Visit the Alaska SeaLife Center, an education and research facility and experience up-close encounters with marine wildlife. Lace up those hiking boots and discover the incredible scenery along the miles and miles of hiking trails in and around Seward. Visit the Major Marine Tours office on the first floor of Harbor 360 Hotel for information on local Seward activities.
Seward Summer Activities
Glacier & Wildlife Cruises
Kenai Fjords National Park is home to abundant wildlife and massive tidewater glaciers. Surrounded by steep mountain walls, the Kenai Fjords provide the perfect habitat for whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters, puffins, seabirds, and more. Explore this incredible area on a half-day or full-day cruise through Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park with Major Marine Tours. Add a cruise to your hotel reservation with one of our convenient cruise and hotel packages.
Kayaking & Stand-Up Paddleboarding
One of the best ways to get an up-close experience of Kenai Fjords National Park and Resurrection Bay is in a kayak. Half-day, full-day, and multi-day kayak trips are available for all experience levels. Join a guided tour or rent a kayak and find your own adventure. Kayaking companies also offer guided stand-up paddleboarding tours. Harbor 360 Hotel is proud to partner with Liquid Adventures and can add kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding trips to your hotel reservation.
Alaska SeaLife Center
The Alaska SeaLife Center is a state-of-the-art marine research, rehabilitation, and education facility on the shores of Resurrection Bay in downtown Seward. Learn about the Alaska SeaLife Center’s significant marine research and rehabilitation efforts for sick and injured marine animals. Watch marine animals up-close and get immersed in marine ecosystems in the naturalistic marine habitats.
Take a hike! The Seward area offers miles of hiking trails for all skill levels. Local companies offer guided glacier hikes, ice climbing, day hikes, and overnight backpacking trips. Or, do some exploring on your own on some of the most popular trails in the area: Exit Glacier, Harding Icefield Trail, Mt. Marathon, Caine’s Head, and Lost Lake. Visit the Alaska.org Seward trails website for a comprehensive list of the trails that can be found in and around Seward. Harbor 360 Hotel can add Exit Glacier Guides hiking and ice climbing trips to your hotel reservation.
The waters outside of Seward offer some of the best salmon and halibut fishing opportunities in Alaska. Fishing charter companies offer full-day and half-day charters and local fish processing companies can pack, freeze, and ship your catch home for you. Photo credit: Michael DeYoung
Ididaride Sled Dog Tours
Let the Seavy family, five-time Iditarod Race champions, show you the ins and outs of sled dog racing. Tour the Seavy homestead kennels and take a dog sled ride in Seward or on Punchbowl Glacier. Visit the Ididaride Sled Dogs Tours website for more information on tour options. Tours run late May through mid September.
Guided Mountain Biking Tours
Explore the extensive trail system and rugged beauty of the Chugach National Forest on a guided mountain biking tour. Alaska Mtn Bike Tours will be your guide through the Alaskan wilderness on some of the best trails in the area, including the Historic Iditarod Trial, the Johnson Pass Trail, and the Russian Lakes Trail. Tours range from 1 – 9 hours, with difficulty levels from beginner to technical. Transportation from Harbor 360 Hotel to the trailhead may be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.
Learn about the local history of gold prospecting and master the ins and outs of gold panning for yourself with a fun and educational gold panning demonstration by Adventure Sixty North. This family-friendly activity is located outside under a covered canvas structure, making it a great activity for all weather conditions.
Seward Winter Activities
Seward Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
Get into the holiday spirit the first weekend of December at the annual Seward Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair. This two-day fair is held at the cruise ship terminal and features arts & crafts vendors, food, live music, photos with Santa, and a silent auction. The 2017 fair will be held December 1st and 2nd.
Polar Bear Jump
Every year during the third weekend in January people flock to Seward to jump into the icy waters of Resurrection Bay. 2015 marked the 30th anniversary of the Polar Bear Jump, with costumed participants jumping from the Seward Small Boat Harbor docks to raise money for the American Cancer Society. This popular event receives worldwide media attention is a must-see for winter visitors to Seward. Visit Seward.com and the American Cancer Society website for more information.
Alaska SeaLife Center
The Alaska SeaLife Center is a state-of-the-art marine research, rehabilitation, and education facility on the shores of Resurrection Bay in downtown Seward. Learn about the Alaska SeaLife Center’s significant marine research and rehabilitation efforts for sick and injured marine mammals. Watch marine animals up-close and get immersed in marine ecosystems in the naturalistic marine habitats. The Alaska SeaLife Center is open year-round and is a great activity for winter visitors.
Let Silverton Mountain Guides take you to some of the most beautiful heliski terrain in Alaska. They offer multi-day packages as well as single heli drops. Visit the Silverton Mountain Guides website for more information.
Adventure Sixty North Winter Tours
Join Adventure Sixty North for a wide variety of winter outdoor activities from October through April. They offer several guided trips including Resurrection Bay kayaking, hiking, snow shoeing, ice fishing, and gold panning. They also offer an Exit Glacier winter shuttle for visitors who would like to explore the Exit Glacier area on their own.