Today’s adventure finds us in Seward, Alaska, along the Kenai Peninsula. Adventure awaits around every corner of this scenic little coastal community. Those who venture here will find fabulous scenery, glacier and wildlife cruises, sport fishing, sailing, hiking, kayaking, flight seeing, and even dog sledding. There is something for everyone to enjoy in Seward, Alaska!
Seward’s location at the head of Resurrection Bay makes it the ideal location for pure Alaskan adventures. Come along with us as we experience one of the most popular adventures here – a cruise through Resurrection Bay in search of wildlife and gray whales. Witness the wildly wonderful Alaskan landscape as we skirt the edges of Kenai Fjords National Park. Afterwards, join us at the Alaska Sealife Center and the end of our day in Seward.
Spotting Wildlife In Resurrection Bay
Our Resurrection Bay cruise begins at Seward’s boat harbor along the Kenai Peninsula. Weather permitting, of course! Lucky for us this spring day is sunny, perfect for a four hour cruise in search of wildlife and California Gray Whales. All aboard! This tour is ready to depart!
It doesn’t take long for the local marine wildlife to make an appearance. Floating nearby in the frigid bay waters is a collection of sea otters, enjoying their watery snacks while warming themselves in the afternoon sun.
The Stellar Sea Lions are also out enjoying an afternoon in the sun. Watch as they jockey for prime rocky real estate along the rough hewn edges of the bay, barking at each other in their quest for the ideal spot. Others sleep peacefully nearby, soaking up the sun’s warming rays.
Moving on through Resurrection Bay brings more marine wildlife sightings. Like this trio of harbor seals who make a quick appearance before disappearing back beneath the water’s surface. Such shy and elusive creatures, these harbor seals are!
Keep a keen eye focused on the shoreline as well! Bald eagles, sea gulls, peregrine falcons and more call this land home. So does this family of mountain goats, making their way up a seemingly impossible steep cliff. Such sure-footedness it takes to accomplish this climb.
Rugged Scenery of The Kenai Peninsula
This cruise isn’t just about wildlife spottings, though. Skirting the edges of Kenai Fjords National Park and the Harding Icefield, a Resurrection Bay cruise is as much about the scenery as it is about the wildlife.
And the scenery along this stretch of the Alaska coastline is sure to please the eye, and sooth the soul. Step on up for a rail-side view. Soak in all this gorgeous, wild and wonderful scenery.
From jagged seaside cliffs to alpine glaciers off in the distance, everywhere you look there is stunning, drop-dead gorgeous seaside landscapes to feast your eyes upon.
And a few surprises along the way, like this abandoned shelter at the water’s edge. It will leave you wondering how in the world did humans ever get to this place!
From snow-capped ridges to large coastal rocks topped with brilliant green moss and evergreen trees, the wildly beautiful scenic opportunities go on and on in the Kenai Peninsula. Look closely here! That’s a bald eagle atop that evergreen jutting out over water’s edge.
In Search of California Gray Whales
Alaska’s Resurrection Bay is well known for it’s whale watching opportunities. From Gray whales, to humpbacks and orcas, these waters play host to several of this world’s largest mammals. So grab a front row seat and be on the look-out for these magnificent creatures.
Today’s quest is to witness the migrating California Gray Whale. During the spring, these majestic mammals leave Baja California, swimming over 5,000 miles to reach Alaska’s nutrient rich Bering Sea. Resurrection Bay is an ideal location to capture these giants in action.
Keep a keen eye open for large swells and unexplained ripples along the water’s surface. It might just be a Gray Whale about to breach the surface! Oh what an amazing sight it is when they do. Though on this particular day, this pod of Grays was not that interested in showing off their signature moves.
Enjoying Family Friendly Fun
From amazing wildlife sightings and breaching whales, drop-dead gorgeous scenery and playful antics, a day along the Kenai Peninsula is a day filled with good family fun.
Who knows what might happen! Perhaps it will be an adventurous attempt to steer one’s cruise boat. No worries, the captain was in total control. Don’t tell the boy though! He thinks he’s in charge.
Our cruise host was Kenai Fjords Tours, and our cruise adventure was the 4-hour Gray Whales Cruise. Our captain and crew were very attentive, and interactive, helping everyone to experience even the more challenging to spot wildlife like the elusive harbor seals and the high flying peregrine falcons.
Exploring The Alaska SeaLife Center
The Resurrection Bay cruise is over, but our day in Seward is not! Time to head over to the nearby Alaska Sealife Center. Situated at the edge of Resurrection Bay, this little gem of a marine wildlife nature center should not be missed.
Leave plenty of shore-side time to explore the Sealife Center, where Stellar Sea Lions and Harbor Seals introduce themselves to waiting visitors. Sign up for a marine mammal encounter for a behind the scenes experience and the opportunity to observe a feeding.
Step on up to the interactive Discovery Zone and explore local sea life. Get up close at the Please Touch tank filled with sea urchins, starfish and a host of other small invertebrates.
Wander past harlequin ducks, long tailed ducks, horned puffins, and adorable tufted puffins flapping their wings as if to say hello there! Yes, the Alaska Sealife Center makes for a great ending to an afternoon wildlife cruise on Resurrection Bay. Or great beginnings too!
Have You Cruised Resurrection Bay?
Sadly, closing hour was upon us. Time to head back to our home base in Girdwood. Though our time in Seward was short, it was time well worth the two hour drive. The wildlife sightings and gorgeous scenery during our 4 hour cruise were spectacular, and everyone enjoyed the Alaska Sealife Center. What more could we ask for? Oh, yes, one thing. Spend more time here! So much to do, so many adventures to be had, and not enough time in a day trip.
How about you? Have you been to Seward Alaska? Experienced the Kenai Peninsula by way of a Resurrection Bay cruise? Explored the Alaska Sealife Center? Did you too wish you had more time to spend in Seward, Alaska? Do share!
Check out our other Alaska Adventures:
- Talkeetna, Denali And Mount McKinley – A Flight Seeing Adventure of Glacial Proportions – Part 1 of Snowy Glacial Adventures
- Up Close With Portage Glacier – A Cross Country Ski Trek in Alaska – Part 2 of Snowy Glacial Adventures
- Alyeska Resort – Your Next Ski Destination?
Images by C.Biederman. Note: all opinions are my own, and no endorsements or other gratuities were received to write this post.