So you’ve come to Alaska and you’ve found yourself in Seward. While it is a small town, it has an immense number of activities for any family who comes to explore. It can honestly be a wee bit overwhelming to figure out things to do in Seward in a short amount of time. So here are some of our top activities that we recommend for visiting Seward – plus a few extras! They have been selected to be inexpensive, great for families of all ages, and perfect to see as much as you can of this part of Alaska.
1. Exit Glacier
Exit Glacier is located in Kenai Fjords National Park just outside of the town of Seward. If you are visiting Seward, this is absolutely one of our absolute “must-dos”. There are multiple trails ranging from very easy to pretty difficult that allows this location to be a perfect stop for any family – regardless of hiking skill or stamina. Exit Glacier has been steadily receding, so you definitely don’t want to skip seeing this sight before it disappears completely.
2. Seward Waterfront
Seward waterfront is definitely one of the things to do in Seward as well. You can walk along the docks and look for the sea otters that frequent the the area. Walk the path along Resurrection Bay while looking for whales and other wildlife, or ride your bike along the path. Let your kids play at the amazing Seward waterfront playground. And if you want to, you can also camp in your tent or RV right along the water.
3. Lowell Point Beach
Lowell Point Beach is one of our absolute favorite places to go when visiting Seward. Located just outside of Seward, this gorgeous rocky beach is the perfect place to play with your family. You can often spot wildlife while enjoying the absolutely gorgeous landscapes located around you.
4. Grab a Bite to Eat
While we try to eat out in moderation to save on cost, there are two restaurants that we highly recommend for families when visiting Seward. The first is Apollo Restaurant – a Greek & Italian restaurant that happens to have absolutely amazing pizzas and calzones. We have stopped in to Apollo Restaurant almost every time that we’ve been in Seward because we might be slightly addicted. The second is Woody’s Thai Kitchen. While I am by no means a Thai food connoisseur, I have friends who are and say this is the best Thai food in Alaska. I CAN say that the food is absolutely delicious. They also have more American meals for kids if your kids are fond of Thai food. Both of these restaurants have reasonable prices, and I definitely recommend them for families.
5. Visit the Bear Creek Fish Wier
If you are looking for things to do in Seward during the summer months, I highly recommend dropping by the Bear Creek Fish Wier. Our kids love watching the salmon travel upstream, so this entertains them for a good half hour or so. It is a simple pull of on the side of the road with no hiking involved. It is perfect for a quick summer evening adventure while winding down from visiting other Seward attractions.
6. Try to Catch Some Salmon
Speaking of salmon, if you enjoy fishing, grab a fishing pole and an Alaska state fishing license and try your hand at catch some salmon. Seward is an excellent place to get some fresh, delicious salmon meals on your table!
More Expensive Options
So far everything I’ve mentioned are free activities (while minus eating out). Keeping costs down is essential for our family when traveling. But if you are looking for a way to make your trip extra special, here are some more expensive options of things to do in Seward. There are a multitude of options in Seward for spending money, so this just scratches the surface…but it may give you some ideas.
7. Alaska Sea Life Center
The Alaska Sea Life Center is a public aquarium and rehabilitation center for sea creatures. It’s a very fun place to explore with kids, but keep in mind that it is located in Seward, Alaska. What I mean by this is that if you are used to visiting aquariums such as the Georgia Aquarium, this will likely be a disappointment. For the price, it is very small. We love to go on Wednesdays in the winter when it is free to Alaska residents. If, however, you live in a land-locked state or your children have not had much interaction with sea life, it is definitely worth stopping in.
8. Take a Glacier or Whale Watching Cruise
There are a couple of different companies in Seward that offer glacier and whale watching cruises. We have gone on one and absolutely loved it. While they are expensive, I think this is one of the more unique things to do in Seward with ample opportunities for gorgeous photos and truly an activity of the lifetime for your kids. So if you are willing to spend some money while visiting Seward, this is definitely an activity that I wholeheartedly recommend. You can read more about our experience on a glacier and whale watching cruise here.
9. Take A Fishing Charter
If you have any fishing inclined personalities in your family, Seward is an awesome location to catch a fishing charter. You usually can find charters for half or full days, and most target halibut and additional fish species. These do tend to be pretty pricey, but you also often bring home fresh fish which balances out the cost of the charter.