While there are many places to go when visiting Seward, the Seward Waterfront is an absolutely incredible place to wander with families – for free! Seriously, can it get better than that? So let us share with you some of our favorite things about the Seward Waterfront.
1. Visit the Boat Harbor
Our kids and Ben love visiting the boat harbor. They love strolling the docks, pointing out their favorite boats, and squealing in delight at the sea otters playing in the water. (Well, the kids squeal – not Ben. haha.) If you happen to take a gracier or whale watching cruise, this is also where you will pick up your cruise boat.
2. Take a Bike Ride or a Long Walk
The Seward waterfront has a wonderful paved trail that is perfect for both bike riding and a walk. It is an absolutely beautiful experience taking you right along the water. You can hear the waves crash while looking for whales, other sea creatures, and birds. Taking in those absolutely gorgeous Resurrection Bay views with the mountains rising up from the water is one of the most amazing experiences as well.
3. Go Camping
There are a couple of different city campgrounds here right in front of the water. While they do get crowded in the summer, it’s so much fun to camp right along the water and have access to everything that the waterfront provides.
4. Play at the Seward Waterfront Playground
The Seward waterfront playground is a really fun place for kids to play. It’s large, creative, and clean. Whenever we go to Seward, my kids always ask to go here. It is probably the second best playground we’ve experienced in Alaska (the Nikiski Community Playground being the best).
5. Visit the Alaska Sea Life Center
The Alaska Sea Life Center is right at the end of the Seward waterfront trail. If you are in the area, it is a fun walk down to the center which is a great activity (especially on the days when weather rolls in). Even if you don’t pay for entry into the Alaska Sea Life Center, their gift shop is a fun little place to walk around. You can read more about the Alaska Sea Life Center here.
6. Stop by the Start of the Iditarod Trail
The historic Iditarod trail ran from Seward into northern Alaska. This was a dog sled trail to transport passengers, prospectors, settlers, and mail from their boats to wherever they wished to go. Today, you can visit the start of the Iditarod trail which is always a fun photo op. And if you are wishing to teach your kids more about the Iditarod trail, be sure to check out our curriculum on dogsledding and the Iditarod!
7. Pay Respects at the Seward Mariner’s Memorial
Located near the Seward waterfront trail is the Seward Mariner’s Memorial. Seward has been a maritime town for most of its history, and as such there have been many maritime tragedies. This memorial is a tribute those lost at sea and is a beautiful monument to honor them.
If you are looking for other places to visit in Seward, be sure to check out our guide to visiting Seward. Seward is such a fun little town, and you won’t be disappointed to have stopped in.