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Kenai Fjords National Park
Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park

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1,238 Reviews
Free admission
Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward, AK

The Basics

The most popular way to visit the park is on a glacier cruise. This is the best way to see the largest variety of marine wildlife, as the park’s icy waters and dense woodlands are home to numerous species of native animals. Adventurous visitors can take an aerial tour of the park, kayak on the fjords, hike to the top of the 8.2-mile (13.2-kilometer) Harding Icefield Trail, explore the trails around Exit Glacier, and go fishing in the park’s backcountry.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Seward

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Amazing
Erika_S, Jul 2021
Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise from Seward
Amazing! We saw so much wildlife. The boat was brand new and clean. Lunch was provided and it was delicious (and they accommodated gluten free). The guide overhead was phenomenal and educational. Great family or solo day trip.
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Fantastic cruise
Darius_L, Jul 2021
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
The crews were outstanding. They’re friendly and approachable. The ship is clean. The orcas that we saw during trip was so amazing!
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Glacier/wildlife tour
Beth_G, Jun 2021
Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise from Seward
Whales, seals, sea lions and glaciers!! Assigned tables were great on the very clean boat! Highly recommend !
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Crew gave 110%
Bethany_B, Jul 2021
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
The Crew was TOO NOTCH!!!! Even with some mechanical problems with the boat they were FANTASTIC!!!! THANK YOU!!!!! BETHANY BROWN
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Great boat tour!
Lisa_B, Jul 2021
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Seward
Amazing! We saw orcas, sealions, humpback whales, and seals. The glaciers were amazing! Would recommend!
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Amazing and memorable experience
Shreya_V, Jun 2021
Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise from Seward
Everything about the tour was spectacular. Easy checkin process, neat and clean vessel. They initially had mentioned that there was 50% chances that we wouldn’t be able to see the glacier today bcoz of weather. But they made it possible for all us. The ranger was awesome, everything was organized so well by the staff of the cruise. We saw lot of wildlife and sea animals on our way to glacier. And once we reached Aialik Glacier, omg the views are awesome. A truly memorable experience.
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Great Way to Spend the Day
Debbie_S, Jul 2021
National Park Tour with Fox Island
The tour was absolutely breathtaking. The crew was amazing and welcoming to all guests. The captain was fun, witty, and exciting to ride with. He made sure to give us a safe and fun trip. Definitely spurge and do the dinner at Fox Island, SO WORTH IT. Would do this again and again❤️
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Excellent
Fred_V, Jul 2021
National Park Tour with Fox Island
The vessel captain was outstanding! We were able to see all of the animals. It was a memorable and fun trip.
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Greatly exceeded my expectations
Derek_B, Jun 2021
Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise from Seward
Great boat (clean, new, comfortable), great crew (friendly, knowledgeable, not overbearing), and great views of the wildlife (especially the whales)! Overall an amazing experience.
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Good cruise
Erich_W, Jul 2021
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Seward
Cruise was good,. The Captain was great at finding wildlife in the water. Good up close view of the glacier. Lunch left a little something to be desired. Staff was great. Don’t know if an adults only option was available, but would be nice.
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Unforgettable
Momen_B, Jun 2021
Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise from Seward
Unforgettable day. Blessed with an amazing weather. Very clean and friendly ship and cabin captain and crew.
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Excellent!!
Anoopkrishna_A, May 2021
Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise from Seward
Clean bathrooms, friendly crew, knowledgeable captain(about forest and wilf life), great food (salmon sandwich was great), great experience

Things to Know Before You Go

  • To visit the park on a cruise, choose a full-day or a half-day excursion.

  • Many cruises offer a buffet lunch option; sample Alaska salmon and other local delicacies for an upgraded price.

  • Be sure to bring a camera to snap memorable photos of Resurrection Bay’s rugged coastline and wildlife.

  • Even in summer, the weather can be fickle. Be prepared by bringing a light hooded jacket, or warmer layers in cooler months.

  • Most fjords cruises are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check in advance.

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How to Get There

Kenai Fjords National Park is located just outside of Seward in southcentral Alaska, 126 miles (203 kilometers) south of Anchorage. By car, take Seward Highway (AK-1) south from Anchorage. It will become AK-9 around mile 35 (87 miles/140 kilometers from Anchorage), with AK-1 heading to Homer and Kenai. Continue on AK-9 to Seward. The Alaska Railroad connects Anchorage to Seward during the summer months (May through September).

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When to Get There

The best time to visit Kenai Fjords National Park is between May and September, when the weather cooperates to provide views of the surrounding glaciers (including the impressive Bear Glacier) and mountains—and to be warm enough for visitors to want to be outdoors. Although the park is often inaccessible during the winter months, Seward is accessible year-round via the Seward Highway, a National Scenic Byway.

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Wildlife in Kenai Fjords National Park

A cruise is the best way get your fill of wildlife viewing, as the park’s waters and forests are home to mountain goats, black bears, bald eagles, harbor seals, sea lions, puffins, porpoises, and humpback and orca whales. Along most cruise routes you’ll have the chance to see abundant wildlife like whales, sea otters, Dall’s porpoises, eagles, mountain goats, and many types of seabirds. Cape Resurrection, at the end of Resurrection Bay, is home to both Steller sea lions and thousands of nesting seabirds. Most boats stop close to the sea lion colonies and seabird rookeries, providing excellent photo opportunities.

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