Seward Alaska With Kids: 8 Things Worth to Try

Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska SeaLife Center, waterfront playground, fishing, and more. Seward, Alaska With Kids. Map

Seward became our most beloved city in Alaska. Located 2.5 hours by car from Anchorage, it is full of wonders. Leave Anchorage early to enjoy the ride and make several stops along the way: Windy Point, Indian Valley Mine (an excellent place for panning for gold), Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is also a must. Seward Alaska with Kids is about fjords, marine life, Exit Glacier, and more.

Seward Alaska with Kids. 8 Top Things to do

1. Kenai Fjords National Park and Major Marine cruise

Hop aboard of Major Marine – a kid-friendly local company, to see the beautiful Kenai Fjords National Park. Since most of the Park is only accessible by water, to reach it you’ll have to take a full-day cruise (6 hours or more). We did the 3.5 hours Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise tour focused on exploring Resurrection Bay and wild animals.

Seward Alaska With Kids: ready for a trip! Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise tour boat
Seward Alaska With Kids: ready for a trip! Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise tour boat

Erika just turned 2 years old and it was her first boating experience. While she did great, her older brother (7 y.o.) was suffering from seasickness. The crew and narration were excellent and the bay is really beautiful, its pristine water looked like the ones from famous Banff lakes in Canada.

Resurrection Bay fjord, Seward, Alaska

Watching wildlife during the tour in Seward

We were fortunate to watch bald eagles, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, the great variety of birds, and a glimpse of whales during the Resurrection Bay tour. Not bad at all, but they weren’t as close as we would like to: any boat should remain at least 100 yards from marine mammals.

Playful otter at the Resurrection Bay, Seward

A flock of puffins was also a cool thing to spot in a wild. I fall in love with them after our trip to Iceland.

Our one of the most memorable experience of the cruise was watching as one sea lion wasn’t fighting another or barking at him, but pushing hard his fellow to help him climb the rock! They finally succeed and the people on our boat were applauding them. 

One of many glaciers at the Resurrection Bay, up close.

2. Kenai Fjords National Park: Exit Glacier

Exit Glacier is the most accessible part of Kenai Fjords National Park and the most accessible glacier you can reach from Anchorage. Located at the end of the National Park’s only road, Exit Glacier is easily reached from Seward – just a short 20-minute drive out of town.

We made a separate post about Exit Glacier, all the important details and pitfalls are here.

Seward, Alaska With Kids: Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park
Seward, Alaska With Kids: Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park

3. Seward Alaska With Kids: SeaLife Center

SeaLife Center is a premier Alaska aquarium and rehabilitation center. It’s a great place to watch local marine mammals. We went there to watch the puffin exhibition and loved it a lot: so many birds within arm’s reach! Spending time with otters, sea lions, seals, and a giant octopus was also fulfilling.

Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward

4. Seavey’s IdidaRide Sled Dog Tours

Within 10 minutes drive, right on the way to the Exit Glacier, you can meet the Seavey’s Iditarod racing team – some of the fastest dogs in Alaska. A 2-mile sled ride in the wilderness, kennels, and playtime with husky puppies are included in the summer tour. Family-friendly facility.

5. Seward Alaska With Kids: Waterfront Park and Playground

Playgrounds in Alaska are real hidden gems: they are cool, huge, creative and kind of hidden. For some of them, there are hardly any pictures online.

Waterfront Park playground in Seward is like that: gigantic, with multiple wooden structures for kids big and small. Gorgeous views of Resurrection Bay and the mountains. Restrooms are on site.

Seward Alaska With Kids: Waterfront Park Playground
Seward Alaska With Kids: Waterfront Park Playground

Who would have guessed it could be hot in Alaska? It was 82 °F/28 °C during our stay in Seward!

Resurrection Bay view from the Waterfront Playground in Seward

Seward Waterfront Park also has multiple campgrounds, a skate park, and beach access. You can walk the entire park in half an hour: from small boat harbor to Alaska SeaLife Center via the waterfront trail. And even more: you can take kids fishing right there:

6. Seward Alaska With Kids: Cast a Line

The city of Seward offers plentiful shoreline surf casting access off its beaches. The three main access sites are:

  • Just south of the small boat launch;
  • About 100 yards south of that at the culverts of the Seward Lagoon outflow;
  • The mouth of Lowell Creek, which is the waterfall on the southern edge of town:
Seward, Alaska: fishing salmon at the mouth of Lowell Creek

Anglers also fish from:

  • the breakwater walls near the small boat harbor (but you must yield to boat traffic);
  • from the beaches from small boat launch to the Alaska SeaLife Center.

Most surf casters start fishing 2-3 hours before the high tide and fish through the high tide. Source: Fishing access in Seward Area.

7. Explore the town of Seward

Stroll around the town and check the boat harbor, Iditarod Monument, the Russian art shop, and multiple colorful murals, made by locals, Seward is famous for it:

One of the many city murals: Raven The Creator, Seward, Alaska

Ever tried Okroshka, a traditional Russian summer soup? You may have one in Seward:

Seward Alaska With Kids: at the local cafe
Seward, Alaska With Kids: at the local cafe

8. Resurrection Bay Kayak Tour

Take Resurrection Bay kayak tour. Family-friendly, for kids 8 and up. Great way to explore the Bay and spot marine mammals. Unfortunately, we missed it – the tour was canceled due to the weather.

Where to Eat in Seward

We did all grocery shopping at the Seward Safeway. It has a huge variety, everything fresh, and slightly more expensive, as you are getting further from Anchorage.

Trying local seafood was on my bucket list and we trade a dinner at a restaurant for a stop at a local seafood locker. Those guys have all kinds of local seafood you can imagine, super fresh, cleaned, and processed right there. Try local king crab legs — the most delicious thing I have ever eat!

All the favorite places in Seward on My Map

A little bit of History about Seward

When you walk the streets of Seward, it’s hard to believe that in 1964 the Great 9.2 magnitude earthquake (and then tsunami) had dropped half of the place and its economy down into the sea and left in ruins the rest.

For such a small community (near 3000 residents), Seward is rich in history and has many students. UAF Seward Campus, Culinary Academy, and Institute of Technology are all located in the town.

Seward, Alaska with kids. Essentials

Seward Waterfront Park, shore path
  • Binoculars are really helpful, not only on the Seward cruise but in traveling to Alaska overall
  • Sweater, sturdy, water-resistant boots, water-repellent jacket, hat, gloves, fleece leggings/warm pants, and sunglasses are essential.
  • Ask Major Marine tour what time is the best for this particular trip, (morning or afternoon). We left at 9 am and the sun was beaming right into the camera most of the trip.
  • Check the weather before the cruise and dress properly, it’s much colder once you are at the open water of Resurrection Bay.
  • Spotting wildlife is a matter of luck.
  • Exit Glacier is retreating as fast as 252 feet in a single summer. Pack your bags and hurry up before it’s disappeared!
  • Waterfront Park is a great spot to watch sunsets over the Resurrection Bay and mountains.

Read more:

Exploring the Exit Glacier with Kids

Seward Highway and Top Places to Visit South of Anchorage.

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By Mrs. Grazy Goat

I am Ira, the author behind Grazy Goat. My husband and I run this blog and share our experiences about thrilling places and cultures. Our son Artem recently joined us and helps with editing.

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