Day Trip to the Alaska Sealife Center

We are taking the opportunity to be tourists in Alaska since my mom and brother are visiting and we decided to do a Day Trip to the Alaska Sealife Center.  Keep reading to enjoy it with us!

Where is the Alaska Sealife Center

The Alaska Sealife Center is located in Seward Alaska, which is 2 hours and 122 miles away from Anchorage.  You can easily do a day trip like we just did today.   We left early in the morning after breakfast, we were in Seward just right before lunch.

Seward (Alutiiq: Qutalleq) is an incorporated home rule city in Alaska, United States. Located on Resurrection Bay, a fjord of the Gulf of Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula, Seward is situated on Alaska’s southern coast, approximately 120 miles by road from Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, and nearly 1,300 miles from the closest point in the contiguous United States at Cape Flattery, Washington.

With an estimated permanent population of 2,831 people as of 2017, Seward is the fourth-largest city in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, behind Kenai, Homer, and the borough seat of Soldotna. The city is named for former U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward, who orchestrated the United States’ purchase of Alaska from the Russian Empire in 1867 while serving in this position as part of President Andrew Johnson’s administration.

Seward is the southern terminus of the Alaska Railroad and the historic starting point of the original Iditarod Trail to the Alaskan interior, with Mile 0 of the trail marked on the shoreline at the southern end of town.

Since we took the entire troop, plus my mom and brother we had to take two cars.  

The kids were getting a little bit crazy from the drive, and so we decide to stop by the Seward Park by Resurrection bay and let the kids burn some energy.

This park is simply beautiful, and the kids loved it.

Alaska Sealife Center

The view from the park is also to die for.

Alaska Sealife Center

There were picnic tables that we were able to use to have our lunch and the enjoy the glorious weather we were blessed with.  

That’s a traveling tip for you.  When I’m traveling with the kids I usually pack lunch (we did that in Disneyland too) because they don’t eat much anyways and it’s a huge waste of money to go to a restaurant with all of them.

 

The Drive to the Alaska Sealife Center

Here I have a nice treat for you, as I filmed the drive to the Alaska Sealife Center and condensed it in a super nice short video. 

This way you can get an idea of what it looks like, hopefully, get all excited about coming to Alaska and going to the Alaska Sealife Center and other towns that are in the way there.

It’s truly a fantastic drive.

 

Along the drive, you will see other points of interest that I will cover in some following posts like Portage Glacier, Girdwood home of the famous Double Musky Girdwood restaurant and the Alyeska Resort where the Seven Glaciers Restaurant is located. 

Also, there are neat communities along the way like the exit for Hope and Moose’s Pass.

The one thing you should know though is that there is about 1/3 of the drive without cellular coverage, but the road is always full of cars especially on this time of the year, but I wouldn’t want to do it at night for sure.  

Now keep in mind that in the summer is light all the time here, so night time is a relative statement.

Which brings me to other way you can get to Seward instead of driving is by taking the Alaska Train from the Anchorage Depot to Seward which is a fantastic ride, especially if you can treat yourself to the Gold class which has a glass dome car where you can see all type of wildlife while you are on your way to Seward.

 

The Alaska Sealife Center Experience

There are many things to do in Alaska, and for a greater list of things to do in all the budgets you can check this link about Best Tours in Alaska, but the Alaska Sealife Center is one that you should make sure you add to your list.

For not Alaska residents, the cost is just under $30 for adults and $18 for kids under 12, but it’s totally worth every penny.

You can see a lot of animals like the Puffin, which are stocky, short-winged and short-tailed birds, with black upperparts and white or brownish-grey underparts. These seabirds call Alaska their home, and they are super cute.

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There are also jellyfish, in ways that I haven’t seen before

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There is all kind of fish, from Salmon to Rock Fish, Halibut.  Crabs, Sting Rays, and more.

The Harbor Seals and the Sea Lions are the favorites of many, and you can see them swim super close as you saw in the video.

They also have touch and feel stations with starfish, hermit crabs, sea cucumbers, sea urchin and more.

There are many educational opportunities and photo moments, like this amazing shot with Resurrection Bay at our backs.Alaska sealife center

 

My mom’s favorite part of the Alaska Sealife Center

You can imagine with 6 kids and a blended family, sometimes emotions can be high, and so for my mom, her favorite part was that all the kids were happy and enjoying the trip. 

Here is the proof.Alaska Sealife Center

 

Conclusion

The Alaska Sealife Center is definitely a destination that you need to consider when you come to Alaska either on a cruise (which Seward is a Cruise port for Alaska), or if you are touring Alaska on your own.

The Alaska Sealife Center is a great day destination for all ages and physical abilities.  

Hopefully, this post is starting to make you curious about Alaska and we’ll see you soon in the land of the midnight sun.

Until then, keep traveling often because life is a getaway!

Carmen

 

 

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