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Seward ("SOO-word") is a small port city located at the head of Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula in Southcentral Alaska. Seward was named in honor of William H. Seward, President Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of State, who was responsible for negotiating the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867.

Founded in 1903 as the ocean terminus of what is now the Alaska Railroad, Seward prides itself, not only on its natural beauty but as Alaska's only deep-water, ice-free port with rail, highway and air transportation to Alaska's interior and major urban population centers.

Seward’s highlights are:
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Sport fishing - Salmon, Halibut, Ling cod, Salmon Shark
  • Glacier and Wildlife Day Cruises
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Hiking and Mountain Biking trails
  • Quaint and Quirky Towns People
  • 4th of July Celebrations
  • Silver... Read more

Seward, AK

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Seward ("SOO-word") is a small port city located at the head of Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula in Southcentral Alaska. Seward was named in honor of William H. Seward, President Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of State, who was responsible for negotiating the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867.

Founded in 1903 as the ocean terminus of what is now the Alaska Railroad, Seward prides itself, not only on its natural beauty but as Alaska's only deep-water, ice-free port with rail, highway and air transportation to Alaska's interior and major urban population centers.

Seward’s highlights are:
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Sport fishing - Salmon, Halibut, Ling cod, Salmon Shark
  • Glacier and Wildlife Day Cruises
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Hiking and Mountain Biking trails
  • Quaint and Quirky Towns People
  • 4th of July Celebrations
  • Silver Salmon Derby
  • Cruise Ship Terminus, Alaska Marine Highway Service.

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Seward, AK: Port Information


The Dale R. Lindsey Alaska Railroad Seward Intermodal Terminal ("cruise-ship dock" to locals), 913 Port Ave, is where cruise ships moor. Ships tie up directly to the dock, and no tenders are used to transport guests between the ship and shore. The Alaska Railroad uses this facility for freight.

From May to September, about 50 ships arrive and depart Seward's port as part of the popular 7-14 day Alaska cruises, round-the-world itineraries, and special charter cruises.

Get around Seward, AK


Seward is a great place to walk around. For those needing a ride, here are some options.
  • Summer Shuttle Bus, 907-224-4020, is operated daily by the city of Seward during the summer months when the cruise ships are in town. The shuttle makes a half hour loop starting at the cruise ship dock to the Alaska SeaLife Center and back. free.
  • Hertz of Seward, 907-224-4378. Rentals for a day or longer with one-way drop off in Anchorage available.
  • Seward Bike Shop, 411 Port Ave., 907-224-2448. Rents bikes by the hour or day. There is a bike path along the water from the harbor to the front of town.
  • PJ'S Taxis, 907-224-5555.

What to see in Seward, AK


  • The Sealife Center, 301 Railway Avenue, (907) 224-6300, Toll-free: (800) 224-2525. Aquarium and research facility featuring marine life of the Gulf of Alaska.
  • 4th of July Mount Marathon Race, three miles up and down, complete with cliffs, waterfalls, and loose sharp rocks, a great Alaskan event
  • Exit Glacier, Exit Glacier is the only part of Kenai Fjords National Park accessible by road. Here you can stroll the trails, walk very close to an active glacier or take a ranger-led walk. It is a place where you can witness up close how glaciers re-shape a landscape and learn how plant life reclaims the barren rocky land exposed by a glacier's retreat.

What to do in Seward, AK


  • Turning Heads Kennel, 31722 Herman Leirer Road, 907-224-6686. Learn about dog sledding from Iditarod mushers Travis Beals and Sarah Stokey. This fun 1-hour long dog sled tour is a great way to learn about dog sledding, meet incredible canine athletes, and go for a fun dog sled ride. See lead dogs take commands and learn about how these terrific athletes are trained! 
Kayaking
  • Adventure Sixty North, 907-224-2600. Seward Alaska's year-round outfitter providing Great guided sea kayaking trips, near and around Seward Alaska. Offers sea kayak rental and gear rentals. Explore glacier regions, Heli Kayak Tours, Heli Kayak Dog Mushing Tours, Heli Hiking Bear Glacier, Aialik & Holgate glaciers view sea life and wildlife, orcas, puffins, otters, eagles, bears, and more! 4hr trips full day excursions, overnight sea kayaking adventures, call for water taxi information and local shuttle service. "Let your adventurous spirit be your guide". Join one of the half day fully guided or guided rental adventures! Trips Daily!
  • Exit Glacier Guides, 907-224-5569. Daily Ice Hiking tours on Exit Glacier. Shuttle out to the glacier, crampons, and equipment provided.
  • Liquid Adventures, 13990 Beach Dr., 907-224-9225. Professionally guided Kayaking and Standup Paddleboard trips throughout Kenai Fjords National Park and Resurrection Bay.
  • Kayak Adventures Worldwide, 328 3rd Ave, 907-224-3960. Small, personal shop located right downtown and specializing in environmentally friendly and educational kayak trips. All abilities welcome. Trips to Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park. Half-day adventures.
Boat Tours
  • Kenai Fjords Tours (KFT), +1-907-224-8068 (toll free: +1-888-478-3346, info@KenaiFjords.com). A wide range of tours from the Captain's Choice (9 hours) to the Fox Island Dinner Cruise (3 hours). The National Park Tour (6 hours) catamaran tour is the most popular. The Northwestern Fjord Tour Explores 150 miles or marine wildlife, sea birds and tidewater glaciers (9 hours). Meals are provided on all tours. Chicken wraps on the boats, and Fox Island tours include an all-you-can-eat salmon and prime rib buffet. Spend the night on Fox Island or go for a kayaking adventure.
  • Major Marine Tours, +1-907-224-8030 (toll free: +1-800-764-7300). Full & Half Day Cruises into Resurrection Bay and the Kenai Fjords National Park for wildlife, whale watching & glacier viewing. All cruises are hosted by uniformed rangers and feature a junior ranger program for kids. Large tour boats with reserved table seating inside heated cabins. Enjoy our freshly prepared all-you-can-eat salmon and prime rib meal. Free full-color National Park guide for each adult. Daily departures from early May through September.  
Fishing
  • Charter Option, 1408 4th Ave., 907-224-2026.
  • The Fish House, 1301 4th Ave, (907) 224-3674. Provides rod, reel, and tackle, along with their local techniques that will improve your chances of catching dinner.  
Biking
  • Seward Adventure Company, 907-Do-A-Ride. Specializing in guided backcountry mountain bike trips and road tours. Also offering winter "fat bike" or "snow bike" tours on Exit Glacier Road as well as fat bike rentals. Experience the wilderness of Chugach National Forest, Exit Glacier, and Alaska's best mt. bike trails. Suitable for all skill levels; includes transport from Seward, bike rental, helmet, snacks, and hydration.  

What to eat and drink in Seward, AK


Eat

There are a ton of great places to eat in this little town; from hearty breakfast joints to fine dinner dining.
  • Exit Glacier Salmon Bake, 907-224-2204, Mile 1/4 Exit Glacier Rd. Great low key place with good food and pitchers of beer.
  • The Railway Cantina, 907-224-8226, 1401 4th Ave. Excellent tacos and burritos.
  • Christo's Palace, 907-224-5255, 133 4th Ave., across the street from the Alaska Sealife Center. The widest selection of quality food in town. Great pizza, pasta, Mexican, seafood, and full bar.
  • Apollo Restaurant, 907-224-3092, 229 4th Ave. Great food and Delivery Pizza.
  • Peking Restaurant, 907-224-5444, 338 4th Ave. Great food and Local owners.
  • Bakery at the Harbor, 907-224-6091, 1210 4th Ave.
  • Chinooks Waterfront Restaurant 907-224-2207, 1404 4th Ave. Great place for lunch, dinner or drinks. Beer, wine, and full bar.
  • Ray's Waterfront, 907-224-5606, 1316 4th Ave. Very Good food, especially the seafood. Good view. 
  • Resurrection Roadhouse, 907-224-7116. After a day of exploring, unwind at the Resurrection Roadhouse which features great dining and Seward's largest selection of brews on tap.

Drink

  • Sea Bean Cafe, 225 4th Ave, 907-224-6623. Cozy little cafe with new Macs and free Wi-Fi. Locally owned and operated.
  • Yukon Bar, 4th & Washington, 907-224-3063. Classic place. Look for the dollars pinned to the ceiling by all the other visitors. In the summer catch a show by Local Hero Hobo Jim.
  • The Pit Bar, Mile 3.5 Seward Hwy, 907-224-3006. A wild place, even for locals, this place is just on the other side of the city limits and stays open until five in the morning. Go after two to see a kind of carnival.
  • The Ale House, 215 4th Ave Seward. A small place that has a great selection of specialty beers on tap and by the bottle. 

Shopping in Seward, AK


  • Brown & Hawkins Mercantile, 907-224-3011, the local North Face, Mountain Hardware, Patagonia, Carhart outdoor wear store. Located on 4th St. in historic downtown Seward, Alaska
  • Resurrect Art Coffee House Gallery, 320 3rd Ave., 907-224-7161. Historic Landmark. Local original art and gifts. Friendly baristas, excellent coffee. Live Jazz Tuesdays all summer.
  • Softly Silk, 416 4th Ave., 907-224-6088. Original Hand-painted Silks.
  • Helly Hansen of Seward, 1304 4th Ave., 907-224-4589. Good all-weather gear for Alaskan travel.
  • Sweet Darlings, 907-224-3011. Alaskan Confectioners - Makers of Alaska's Finest Handmade Candies, Fudge, Chocolates, Berry Bark and Candy. Don't forget the GELATO! Made on the premises fresh daily.
  • The Fish House/True Value Hardware, 907-224-3674, across from the small boat harbor. The place to go for local charter and fishing info, gear, tackle, etc. One giant building is split between the fish house and the hardware store. If it can be had in Seward, most likely you'll find it here.

Safety in Seward, AK


Both Cook Inlet and Turnagain Arm exhibit extreme tides. The only place in the world with a wider tidal range is the Bay of Fundy. Because of the swift tidal currents and the very soft clay of the tidal flats, it can be extremely dangerous to walk or drive on the tidal flats.

Both salt and fresh water in Alaska tend to be extremely cold year-round. Swimming in the ocean is not recommended, be aware that many lakes are fed by glaciers and can also be extremely cold, even if warm in shallows near the shore. If you plan to do stream fishing wear warm clothes and waders.

Brown bears, black bears, and moose are quite common on the peninsula. All of them can be aggressive towards humans if surprised, provoked, or fed. Mothers with their young are the most volatile. Be aware of the possibility of encountering these animals anywhere on the Kenai, even in the middle of a city. Moose are a major hazard on the peninsula's roadways, especially in winter. If you are traveling with a dog, be aware of the possibility of porcupines as well. In rare cases, bald eagles have been known to take small dogs and cats.

Language spoken in Seward, AK


English is the official language. 

LOCAL TIME

7:24 am
October 17, 2019
America/Anchorage

CURRENT WEATHER

2.28 °C / 36.104 °F
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