When you plan to visit Seward, be sure to check out some of our favorite places and activities!
The list below is just a fraction of what you’ll be able to see and do when you are here.
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Created in 1980 to protect some of the most incredible and impenetrable wilderness in Alaska, Kenai Fjords National Park spans 601,839-acres at the foot of Seward. Snow and ice cover 60 percent of the park, and lining the edge is the vast 936-square-mile Harding Icefield. From the massive icefield, countless tidewater glaciers pour down, carving valleys that fill with seawater to form stunning fjords and icebergs the size of small houses. Accessible mainly by boat, many tour companies operate out of the Small Boat Harbor, which is about a mile from Sauerdough Lodging. Save 10% off tours with Kenai Fjord Tours and Major Marine by having us book your tour for you! Call for more details.
The Exit Glacier area is the only part of Kenai Fjords National Park accessible by road. Here you can explore the trails, walk very close to an active glacier, or take a ranger-led walk. It is a place where you can witness up close how glaciers re-shape a landscape and learn how plant life reclaims the barren rocky land exposed by a glacier’s retreat.
The Alaska SeaLife Center is the only facility in Alaska that combines a public aquarium with marine research, education, and wildlife response. While primarily dedicated to marine research and education, the nonprofit Center is the only permanent marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation facility in the state. The Alaska SeaLife Center lies at “Mile 0” of the scenic Seward Highway on the shores of Resurrection Bay. Visitors to our “windows to the sea” have close encounters with puffins, octopus, harbor seals, sea lions, and other marine life while learning about the work our researchers conduct both in the field and in our laboratories.
The Seward Community Library & Museum is a unique combined public library, museum, archives and community center serving Seward and the surrounding area providing opportunities for equal access to information, technology, lifelong learning, community enrichment, and the preservation of Seward’s heritage. Curated by Resurrection Bay Historical Society, the Seward Community Museum houses a collection of objects, photographs and archives that document Seward’s past. The museum is located on the first floor of the city library and often holds presentations, lectures and video series, including the documentary Waves over Seward, a film about the 1964 earthquake (summers only)
A small, locally owned shop that strives to inspire guests to join in reclaiming an active stewardship of our natural world through inspiring sea kayaking tours and Alaska glacier kayaking trips. Kayaking in Seward, Alaska, and the surrounding fjords offers the opportunity to disconnect from the daily grind and discover anew the natural world and all its wonders. The landscape here is teeming with abundant Alaskan wildlife and unique geographic features. Let their knowledgeable, friendly guides lead you through Resurrection Bay, or venture out to Aialik Bay for a Kenai Fjords kayak trip.
Private hiking tours that focus on thoughtful, inspiring conversations rooted in the wild places explored. Tiptoe up to a glacier, traverse the raw hillside of a recently exposed valley, gaze down on a seaside village from above, follow a glacier’s outflow river through fern-shrouded forest, sip hot tea beside an ice-choked lagoon. Explore the mountains, fjords, and glaciers at your own pace with passionate, knowledgeable guides.
For the uber-adventurous, try surfing in Alaska! Alaska Surf Guides offers remote surfing adventures using helicopters & boats to access remote surf breaks for half-day adventures and multi-day expeditions.
Visit the Seavey Family Homestead in Seward, and tour their beautiful tether free summer camp for Iditarod athletes! Meet the dogs, feel their excitement as teams are hitched to comfortable summer sleds, then mush for two miles through the scenic rainforest. Upon return to the kennel you can play with the dogs, cuddle adorable puppies, try on the parkas worn on the Iditarod, check out the race gear, and learn about these incredible dogs and mushers.
It may seem odd to mush on wheels, but Alaska only has snow for 4-5 months in the winter. The same dogs that run and win the Iditarod do these tours, it’s how they stay in shape in the off-season!
An easy walk from our rentals will get you to either trailhead of this iconic mountain hike. The annual Mount Marathon Race is the central event of Seward’s Fourth of July celebration, and the starting point and finish line of this exciting race are right outside our front door on Fourth Avenue. Mt. Marathon’s peak is 4,600 feet high with the race trail summiting at 3,022 feet. This hike is a wonderful day hike with plenty of views, wonderful plant life and wildlife for those in good shape. The official race trail can be reached off Jefferson Street. There is an alternate route that is slightly less steep called the Sheffler Creek Waterfall trail (locally known as the Jeep Trail) and its trailhead is located at 1st and Munroe streets. It is also strenuous and uphill, but a little more forgiving with several bench areas and valleys on the ascent to catch your breath if needed.
A paved bike path curves along the waterfront from downtown to the harbor, providing easy access for beachcombers. Access to the path is only 2 blocks from Sauerdough Lodging, or 1 block from the Seahorse cottage. Walk or bike along the path and you may spot otters, eagles or even humpback whales from the waterfront.
With 30 vibrant paintings dotting the downtown landscape, Seward is proudly known as the “Mural Capital of Alaska.” Each painting depicts unique historical characters, local events and natural landscapes. A walking tour is a great way to spend an afternoon.
A quiet tot lot is located directly behind our building, while a huge waterfront playground a couple blocks away is always bustling with families enjoying outdoor fun. (The waterfront playground is right in front of the Seahorse Cottage- always a huge hit with kids staying there!)
Sauerdough Lodging is in the heart of Seward’s downtown business district, with close access to shops such as a health food store, knitting shop, sewing/quilting boutique, clothing stores, stores featuring artwork and Alaskana, a summer market where you can find organic Alaska produce, and a candy shop, where they make gelato, chocolates, fudge and saltwater taffy on site.
are just steps outside your door at Sauerdough Lodging! Choices include our sister cafe The Sea Bean, a brewery, Italian, Thai and Greek eateries, a breakfast diner, restaurants featuring steak and seafood, and burger joints.