One of the things that is intriguing about living in Alaska is the fact that you have such a massive landscape rimmed by miles and miles of coastline. 6,640 miles to be exact with an estimated 47,300 miles of tidal shoreline. It’s a nature and sea-lovers heaven where we can enjoy mountains and the ocean!
It can get a little chilly and wild to get out and enjoy the sealife in the winter though; but,the Alaska Sealife Center is open year-round providing an indoor viewing area to experience Alaska’s marine life.
And…Seward is the perfect place for spring break at the beach in Alaska. While there may not be many palm trees, that doesn’t mean we can’t get out and enjoy a little sun (maybe), sand, and surf.
Alaska SeaLife Center
Located in the popular port of Seward, the Sealife Center sits along the edge of Resurrection Bay. Not only can you view the marine life inside the center, but also get a chance to see some out in their natural environment. We saw sea lions and otters right off the deck.
This place is the only permanent marine life rehabilitation center in Alaska so they take in critters from all over. Right now, there are otter pups coming in already from Katchemak Bay and Cordova. Of course the kids want to adopt one.
The Alaska Sealife Center is well organized and easy to get around. It basically takes you on a tour through Alaska’s marine history all the way through to today’s fisheries. It’s important to me that my kids understand how Alaska works so hard to maintain a sustainable natural resources, which is a major source of income for the state, but also a natural treasure.
I love coming to places like this where the focus is to educate, study and rehabilitate. In my wildest dreams, I was born to be a marine biologist, following in the adventurous footsteps of Jacques Cousteau. Places like this feed that passion.
Summer and Saige are the same way. Haley even enjoyed the center when she came down last summer and we road tripped to Seward.
Many Alaskans are happy as a clams in and on the underwater world. I’m one of them. When I mention scuba diving or snorkeling in Alaska to people, overall the first response is “You are CRAZY.” Likely, but I love it and there’s so much here to see and experience!
For the faint of heart, it’s easy to “stick your toes in the water” and enjoy the touch pools and aquarium displays that are distributed around the center. The kids are entertained for hours!
Take some time and enjoy the delicate details and colors you may not see otherwise. Sure you could sprint through in about 30 minutes, but why?
One of the cool things is that the water in the tanks actually is brought in from Resurrection Bay. You get to feel how cold it really is should you choose to take a polar plunge.
The aviary is also intriguing. Last summer, I spent the better part of a boat trip trying to capture pictures of puffins in the wild! The were elusive and so fast!
Then we hit the sealife center and one of them sat and posed about 3 feet away. Absolutely as cute as you’d think.
Before leaving, we spent some time watching the educational films, and enjoying the sea lions. I loved it, Jeff loved it and the kids loved it…you can’t ask for more than that.
The Alaska Sealife Center is funded through donations and admissions. The price is $21.95 for adults, $11.95 for kids 4-12, and under 3 are free. Discounts are available for Senior, Alaska residents and military.
Seward is a fun town to walk around in the summer, and a launching pad for many Alaska cruises. If you have a few hours to kill before you board, spend it here. In the winter, the shops may not all be open, but the lodging is SO much cheaper and the surrounding mountains are gorgeous decked out in their winter white.