Day Nine: Seward
SEWARD: Today begins a day of fun and adventure. You have a choice of activities today. Read the options below and choose to enjoy a visit to the Alaska SeaLife Center or select an activity UPGRADE. You will have time to enjoy the Center in the morning and add an afternoon activity upgrade if you desire.
ALASKA SEALIFE CENTER:
The Alaska SeaLife Center is one of the only non-profit organizations in the world that has both a public aquarium and fully supported research facility in the same building. With state-of-the-art laboratories, aquarium animals that participate in research and our extensive field work, the Alaska SeaLife Center has quickly become the cold-water research facility in the United States. Affiliated with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, they collaborate with numerous state, federal and international agencies and universities—which can mean only one thing—their research is conducted by some of the top marine scientists in the world!
For nearly a decade, the ASLC has been studying the marine ecosystems of Alaska and the species who call it home. This includes species of marine mammals, sea birds, fish and invertebrates—some of which have been listed as threatened or endangered species. But the Alaska SeaLife Center is perhaps best known for specializing in marine mammal and sea bird research. Since 1998, the Alaska SeaLife Center has helped pioneer research on Steller sea lions, eiders, harbor seals, sea otters, fur seals and other species experiencing population declines in Alaska. In all these efforts, they strive to develop cutting-edge technology and techniques, while minimizing impact on the species and environment studied.
Here you can choose to enjoy the downtown area with shops, museums and eateries or add an optional upgrade.
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CHOICE ONE: I-Did-A-Ride Dog Sled Tour: $105.00 Per Person
Today, your tour begins with a two-mile dog sled ride. Feel the power, excitement, and energy of the amazing sled dogs as they are harnessed to the comfortable wheeled sleds. The intrigue of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, also known as Alaska’s Superbowl, comes alive as you mush through the Alaskan wilderness to the base of Resurrection Mountain and along Box Canyon Creek. Your Iditarod veteran guide will thrill and excite you with stories from the trail as you experience the raw power of 13 Iditarod sled dogs. Upon return to the kennel, tour the beautiful kennel facilities, laugh as a guest is dressed up as an Iditarod musher, and cuddle adorable husky puppies. The guides are all Iditarod racers, and offer a delightfully humorous, behind-the-scenes look at the Seavey family’s training for the most demanding race on earth. Guaranteed to be one of the highlights of your vacation, this tour was chosen as one of Alaska’s Top Twenty Attractions, and is a must-do for all visitors to the Greatland.
CHOICE TWO: Kayak Tonsina Point: $105.00 Per Person
At Bridal Veil beach, you will beach the kayaks, stretch your legs, and share snacks and hydration. The guides will provide you with information on the salmon stream and the types of salmon that spawn here and we try to answer your questions for a bit.
After this break you will paddle back to Lowell Point. This is a great trip for persons wanting to do a multi-adventure day, this trip provides time to combine this experience with yet another adventure during the same day, such as the Iditarod or Zip Line! (Min. 2 people required. Ask your tour coordinator for details.) Kayaking tour location subject to change due to time of year, weather and ability levels. Trips depart 9:00 am.. You will be met at your local hotel lobby and head out to Lowell Point Recreation area just south of Seward. The group will go over the very basics of sea kayaking. Dry bags and zip lock bags are provided to keep gear and cameras dry, please let the guide know of your needs. Due to safety reason, all kayaks are tandem.
CHOICE THREE: Halibut/Rockfish Day Fishing Charters
$435.00 pp Full Day Combo Halibut/Rockfish Fishing (requires post-night Seward hotel) ALL fishing has annual fish & game week-day closures. Generally, Wednesday, but we cannot know until announced in the year of travel. (A $15 Fishing License is required, paid online in advance – ask your tour advisor)
Welcome aboard. A trip aboard one of these charter vessels will provide you with the chance to experience world class Alaska fishing. We offer many options for fishing fun, and are happy to accommodate your schedule and desires. All trips include all fishing gear & bait your fishing guide will be right beside you to help you to understand how to land these fish when the exciting moment arises! The Pacific Halibut is the most sought after and prized sport-fish in Alaska waters. Capable of powerful, high-speed runs, they are the heavyweight of all bottom-fish species. These fish have been known to exceed 500 pounds and are considered the hardest fighting bottom-fish in the world. Although our primary target is Alaska halibut fishing, we fish in areas where all species of bottom-fish tend to congregate. It is not uncommon to land trophy lingcod, rockfish and salmon. A full day, be sure to bring a sack lunch and drinks. Hats and sun glasses recommended.
CHOICE FOUR: Zipline Canopy Adventure: $160.00 Per Person
The first zip line traverse is a short 65 feet across the fall line, running fairly close to ground level and allowing riders a chance to become comfortable with the process. Still high along the valley wall, the third zip line travels 190 feet and lands 50 feet up the trunk of a huge Sitka spruce. The fifth traverse soars above the trees 1,100 feet back across the valley wall, sails over a reflecting pond, and comes to a stop at platform 75 feet up another Sitka spruce. From this point onward the tour path descends into the ever deeper and darker rain forest with its dense vegetation and sparkling creeks. A 600-foot zip line into an enormous mountain hemlock is followed by a shorter line at mid-level in the forest and a spot where bald eagles have often been sighted. From the landing platform each group member rappels 60 feet down to the platform entrance of an aerial walkway that begins just above the ground but ends 120 feet later at point 60 feet up another Sitka spruce. The route now takes a 90-degree turn and crosses a long bridge to a hemlock where zip line riding resumes. A 280-foot line travels toward the valley floor, ending in a spruce close to the entry road. The final traverse then crosses over the tour parking lot and past the Welcome Center yurt to land in a group of Sitka Spruce where a 40-foot rappel brings the group back to earth at last. Harnesses and helmets are shed, and group members return to the Welcome Center to collect any belongings stowed there and to view and select photos of themselves taken during the tour. Restrictions: Must be at least 10 yrs. old. Must be at least 70 pounds and not over 270 pounds. Limited to 8 guests per departure time.
This evening, you will be taken back to Anchorage by GoldStar or Adventure Class railcar.