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Visiting Seward, Alaska

Visitor Information | Newspaper | Lodging | Camping
Food | Sightseeing | Internet Access
Fish and Game | Forest Service | Transportation | Hospital

The only town on the eastern side of the Kenai Peninsula, Seward is also one of the few Alaskan tourist towns to keep its small town charm intact, limiting the influence of larger chain restaurants and strip malls. This makes the trip slightly off the beaten path (that is, on the opposite side of the peninsula) a welcome treat on your RV tour of southern Alaska.

Seward boasts all of the access to wildlife you'd expect from a Southcentral Alaskan town. You can being your wildlife tour at the Alaska SeaLife Center on Resurrection Bay, a modern aquarium which was paid for in part by funds from the settlement of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Harbour seals, sea lions, walruses and sea otters call the SeaLife center home, many of whom have been rescued by the Alaska SeaLife Center Rescue and Rehabilitation department. While the goal is to prepare these animals for release back into the wild, those who are unable to re-integrate into their natural habitat can find a permanent home here, or be transferred to a more suitable location.

A half- or full-day cruise through the nearby glaciers is another essential element of a trip through Seward. Or you can visit Exit Glacier, in Kenai Fjords National Park, which is accessible by land from Seward about 4 miles outside of town.

For more Seward-specific attractions, try to plan your trip for the Annual Seward Silver Salmon Derby' in August. This fishing extravaganza is huge in the world of sportfishing, and offers a cash prize to the winner. Competitive sports extend to the famous Mount Marathon Race during the 4th of July weekend, which draws huge crowds who watch athletes race up and down all 3,000 feet of the Mount.

A true taste of Alaska in steward is dog mushing (or sled racing) the state sport. Tours allow you to meet Iditarod racers, pay with husky puppies and take a dog sled ride around Resurrection Mountain. Some tours can be expensive, but many will combine dog mushing trips to other attractions like Exit Glacier, giving you a full Seward experience in a one-day tour.

Population: 3,016
Location: At the head of Resurrection Bay
Annual Precipitation: 92 inches
July Averages: Temperature 55.5°F; precipitation 2.9 inches

VISITOR INFORMATION

Seward Conference & Visitors Bureau
Address: 2001 Seward Hwy. (PO Box 749), Seward, AK
Phone: (907) 224-8051 / Visitor Helpline: (800) 844-2424.
Website: http://www.sewardak.org/

NEWSPAPER

Seward Phoenix Log
Address: 301 Calista Crt. Ste: B, Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 348-2463
Website: http://www.thesewardphoenixlog.com/

INEXPENSIVE LODGING

Moby Dick Hostel
Phone: (907) 224-7072
Address: 3rd Ave. (between Jefferson and Madison St.
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.mobydickhostel.com
Rates: See website.
Other: They are conveniently located between downtown and the Small Boat Harbor.

New Seward Hotel and Saloon
Address: 217 5th Ave.
Phone: (907) 224-8001

Tony's Hotel and Bar
Address: 135 4th Ave.
Phone: (907) 224-3045

Snow River AYH Hostel
Phone: No phone
Address: HCR 64 Box 425, Seward, AK 99664

QUICK SEWARD FACT - There is competition to even qualify for the Mount Marathon Race; to limit environmental impact, only 900 total runners can take part, many of them being chosen by lottery.

OTHER LODGING

Holiday Inn Express Seward Harbor
Address: 1412 4th Ave., Seward, AK
Phone: (907) 224-2550 / (800) HOLIDAY
Website: http://www.hieseward.com/
Rates: See website.

Hotel Edgewater
Address: 200 5th Ave., Seward, AK
Phone: (888) 792-6800
Website: http://www.hoteledgewater.com/
Rates: See website.

Murphy's Motel
Phone: (907) 224-8090 / (800) 686-8191
Website: http://www.murphysmotel.com/
Rates: See website.

Ballaine House B&B
Address: 437 3rd Ave. (PO Box 2051), Seward, AK
Phone: (907) 224-2362
Website: http://www.superpage.com/ballaine
Rates: See website.

The Breeze Inn
Address: 1306 Seward Hwy (PO Box 2147), Seward, AK
Phone: (907) 224-5237 / (888) 224-5237
Website: http://breezeinn.com/
Rates: See website.

Seward Windsong Lodge
Address: ½ mile, Exit Glacier Rd., Seward, AK
Phone: (907) 224-7116 / (888) 959-9590
Website: http://www.sewardwindsong.com/
Rates: See website.

Van Gilder Hotel
Address: 308 Adams St. (PO Box 609), Seward, AK
Phone: (907) 224-3079 / (800) 204-6835
Rates: $132-$220 depending on type of room.

Moby Dick Hostel
Address: 432 3rd Ave., Seward, AK
Phone: (907) 224-7072
Website: http://www.mobydickhostel.com/
Rates: See website.

SEWARD CAMPING

Waterfront Park
Address: On Ballaine Blvd.
Phone: (907) 224-4055
Website: http://www.cityofseward.net/parksRec  

Exit Glacier Campground
Address: Mile 8.5 on Herman Leirer Rd.
Note:
Free (fourteen-night maximum stay), has food storage, pit toilets and covered cooking area.

Forest Acres Campground
Address: Located 1.5 miles north of town on the road to Anchorage.
Phone: (907) 224-4055
Website: http://www.cityofseward.net/parksRec
Note: Has showers. Many free campgrounds exist along the water; fourteen-day limit; conditions may be windy.

There is also free camping available off Lowell Point Road past Resurrection Bay Seafoods

Public showers: Harbormaster Building (in the Small Boat Harbor), Foot of Madison on beach, and Seward Laundry and Dry-cleaning.

SEWARD RESTAURANTS AND BARS

Apollo Restaurant
Address: 229 4th Ave., Seward, AK
Phone: (907) 224-3092
Website: http://www.apollorestaurantak.com/

Christo's Palace
Address: 133 4th Ave., Seward, AK
Phone: (907) 224-5255

Ray's Waterfront
Address: At the small-boat harbor
Phone: (907) 224-5606

Chinooks Waterfront Restaurant
Address: 1404 4th Ave., Seward, AK
Phone: (907) 224-2207

Railway Cantina
Address: 1401 4th Ave., Seward, AK
Phone: (907) 224-8226

SIGHTSEEING

Iditarod Trail Head
Address: East of the SeaLife Center

Seward Museum
Address: 3rd & Jefferson, Seward, AK
Phone: (907) 224-3902

St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Phone: (907) 224-3975
Website: http://www.stpeters-seward.org/

Alaska SeaLife Center
Address: 301 Railway Ave. (PO Box 1329), Seward, AK
Phone: (907) 224-6300 / (888) 378-2525
Website: http://www.alaskasealife.org/

INTERNET ACCESS

The Seward Community Library
Address: 5th and Adams
Phone: (907) 224-3646.
Website: http://www.cityofseward.net/library/
Note: Free access but they limit it to 30 minutes.

FISH AND GAME

Fish & Wildlife Protection, Seward Office
Address: 5th & Adams, Seward, AK
Phone: (907) 224-3935

FOREST SERVICE

USDA Forest Service, Seward Ranger District
Address: 334 4th Ave (PO Box 390), Seward, AK
Phone: (907) 224-3374
Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/r10/chugach/pages_district/seward.html

TRANSPORTATION

Seward Bike Shop
Address: 411 Port Ave.
Phone: (907) 224-2448
Website: http://www.sewardbikeshop.com/

PJ's Taxi
Phone: (907) 224-5555

Bus:

Seward Bus Line
Phone: (907) 224-3608
Note: Offers daily service to or from Anchorage ($40).

Park Connect
Phone: (800) 266-8625
Website: www.alaskacoach.com
Note: Daily service to or from Anchorage for $49.

Homer Stage Line
Phone: (907) 224-3608
Note: Offers bus service between Seward and Homer (they can also drop you off in Soldatna, Kenai or Cooper Landing if you prefer).

Train:

The Alaska Railroad
Phone: (800) 544-0552 or (907) 265-2607
Website: http://www.alaskarailroad.com
Note: Daily service between Anchorage and Seward. The four-hour ride costs $59 for a one-way ticket or $98/round trip.

Ferry:

The Alaska Marine Highway
Address: Downtown
Phone: (907) 224-5485 or (800) 642-0066
Website: http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/index.html
Email: [email protected]

HOSPITALS

Providence Seward Medical Center
Address: 417 1st Ave., Seward, AK
Phone: (907) 224-5205
Website: http://www.providence.org/alaska/seward/

 

Whale enthusiasts can enjoy Seward's proximity to one of the more popular watching sites at Whale View. Killer, humpback and gray whales all take up residence in the Resurrection Bay, along with sea otters and seals, in the bays, coves and islands.

Seward is accessible by car via the Seward Highway.

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