About Seward, Alaska
At the foot of Mt. Marathon, and the head of Resurrection Bay lies Seward, Alaska. Home of the largest 4th of July celebration in the state. Home as well, to Kenai Fjords National Park, which is accessible by road near the end of one of the most beautiful drives in the world.
Seward offers some of the finest fishing in the state and is home to the world famous Seward Silver Salmon Derby. This land of lakes and shores also shows off the only rain forest in south central Alaska. Above and behind the city lies the Harding Ice Field with its many tidewater glaciers and 5000' deep center. Resurrection Bay, a thousand foot deep fjord, hosts summertime cruise ships as an embarkation drop-off point for summertime travelers. Here also you will find sea kayakers plying some of the most beautiful shoreline in the world.
Salmon migrate up the many streams and rivers and are viewable in many Seward locations. All five salmon species, halibut, ling cod, Orcas, Humpback Whales, porpoises, sea otters, Stellar sea lions are all represented here in significant numbers. Their lives and habits are closely studied at the Alaska Sea Life Center, the farthest north research aquarium in North America. Alaska Sea Life Center is open to the public including a "sea life petting pond" for kids.
Explore the Kenai Fjord National Park with a day cruise, high quality tour operators leave daily from the Seward Harbor offering a variety of cruise lengths and trip itineraries.
If you follow Seward inland you will find within five miles of the mouth of the bay dozens of hiking trails meandering through the rain forest, up to and alongside glaciers, to above tree line, and into thriving wildlife habitat. Here is where Alaska's famous large mammals dwell, including black bear, grizzly bears, moose, Dall sheep, mountain goats, caribou, and more.
Downtown Seward, itself, is a quaint seaport village nestled in this paradise with many shops and galleries, restaurants, coffee shops, and a unique small boat harbor with pleasure, fishing, sailboats, and large ships. By foot, sea, or air – Seward offers a multitude of adventures to fulfill everyone’s travel spirit.
- Things to Do
Seward, Alaska is known as the 'Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park'
located 126 miles south of Anchorage.
As of 2009, Seward's population is 3,061 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 6.89 percent.
The median home cost in Seward is $176,610. Home appreciation the last year has been -7.00 percent.
Compared to the rest of the country, Seward's cost of living is 5.95% Higher than the U.S. average.
On December 8th, 2009 TripAdvisor TravelCast announced selection of Seward, Alaska as their #1 U.S. Destination for 2010!
Mountains for hiking, skiing, or flightseeing will be found. Lakes, rivers, ocean shorelines filled with wildlife from salmon to eagles, and, of course, bears. For the nature lover Seward is paradise.
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Sea Life Center.
Trophy Sports Fishing (Halibut / Salmon).
Birding and Wildlife Tours.
Bear Flightseeing Tours.
Helicopter Dog Sled Mushing (in summer).
Iditarod Sled Dog Kennel.
Whale Watching Kenai Fjord.
Sea and Lake Kayaking.
Fresh water canoeing to watch sockeye salmon upstream runs.
Hiking / Biking Trails
Kenai Fjord National Park Cruises
Explore the Historic Town of Seward
Seward, AK, gets 68 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 83 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 167.
On average, there are 133 sunny days per year in Seward, AK. The July high is around 62 degrees. The January low is 20. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 91 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.
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Kenai Fjord National Park Cruise
Alaska Sealife Center
Exit Glacier National Park Visitor Center with Free guided tours
World Class Fishing Charters for salmon and halibuts