Seward is a charming harbor with quirky bars, world-class trails, amazing scenery. Here at Pederson Travel Service, when we help you plan your cruise to Alaska, Seward is one of the ports that your cruise ship will visit and spend some time at. So, what are some things that you can do in Seward when your ship ports? We’ve answered that in this post.
· Walk Around the Small Boat Harbor
The Seward boat harbor is home to 100-plus charter fishing boats like Long-lingers, purse-seiners, gill-netters. There are also lots of tour boats docked. You can have a fun time checking out the various vessels’ flair and also look out for their puny names. You could also be lucky to spot sea otters swimming and snacking nearby.
· Touch the Starfish at The Alaska Sealife Center
The SeaLife Center is Alaska’s only marine mammal rehabilitation center and is located on the shore of Resurrection Bay. You can check out its educational exhibits and the various available sea animals. Don’t forget to investigate the touch tank.
· Take Fun Pictures with The Benny Benson Memorial
The story behind the Benny Benson Memorial is that in the late 1920s, about 30 years before Alaska achieved statehood, a contest was held for children to design ideas for Alaska’s flag. Benny Benson is the orphan boy who submitted the winning design. That design can be seen on the memorial to Benny at the corner of Seward Hwy and Dairy Hill Lane.
· Trek Out to Exit Glacier
Exit Glacier is one of the most accessible glaciers in Alaska. You can drive right up to it in the summer months. It is part of the Kenai Fjords National Park. You will find that a network of trails spider around and above the glacier, too.
· Have Some Beer at Seward Brewing Company
Please note that the Seward Brewing Company is only open during the summer months. The whole building is a monument to Seward history and the company has a solid selection of beers and tasty brewpub fare. The place originally opened as a bar in 1904, then it was turned into a theater during Prohibition, and then an Elks Club, a dinner club, before it finally became Seward Brewing Company in as recent as 2012. Many of the relics within showcase the history that we’ve just described, including the original Seward Theater seats and Alaska Steamship Logo.
· Shop for Gifts at Resurrect Art Coffee House Gallery
This sweet little coffee shop is located in an old church and not only dishes out caffeinated beverages and sweet treats but also showcases the work from local artists. It’s a great place to pick up something that will remind you of your time spent in Seward, Alaska.
Pederson Travel Service in Watertown, South Dakota, is one name that you can count on when it comes to your vacation and cruises. We’d be more than happy to organize your cruise to Alaska too. Give us a call today!