We spent two weeks in the Seward area. Using it as our basecamp for all the other places we wanted to visit on the Kenai Peninsula.
There was a cute little boardwalk along the harbor consisting of all the tours and gift shops.
Out of all of the small town coastal harbors we’ve seen in Alaska, Seward is my favorite. It was super clean, the views were amazing, and there were boats of all sizes.
Seward is located on the shore of Resurrection Bay.
We went on a scenic drive and ended up on the other side of the bay from Seward. You can see it in the photo above. There were a ton of people fishing right along the coast there…right by the waste water by a factory…there was a sign that warned against eating the fish raw…we didn’t fish there.
Seward is also the starting point (one of them) for the Iditarod. We found the Mile 0 marker for it.
There were over 20 murals all over town.
The mural above was across the street from the Alaska SeaLife Center. We spent an afternoon there getting up close with some of the animals found in the local waters.
At the Alaska SeaLife Center, the habitats were large enough to keep the animals happy, the animals looked healthy and well cared for, and we could get really close to all of them, safely.
The Center was crowded, but it was big enough that you didn’t feel like you were tripping over people all the time. The Harbor Seals were so cute and playful!
Right across from the seals were the Sea Lions…who had a very different idea of how to spend the day.
There was a whole room for birds that you could walk into. The birds were free to fly about the room…we could have reached out and touched them they were so close! There were several different species in the room, but my favorite was the Horned Puffin. These little birds are amazing! Did you know, puffins can dive down to 300 feet in the water?
Here’s one in action! Sorry about the blur…they’re wicked fast!
There was a touch pool. We were encouraged to touch several different types of sealife while learning all about what we were touching.
Mr. Man had no trouble with reaching in and touching everything. The two little boys needed some persuasion.
I think the favorite was the sea anemone that would hug your finger if you put in near it the right way.
There was a great view of Resurrection Bay.
We didn’t get to touch this one, but I thought it was so pretty.
Can you spot the fish in the photo above? I would not want to pull one of those out of the water on my fishing line! I would suggest going to the Alaska SeaLife Center and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and skipping the Alaska Zoo. I really hate to say that…but it’s so true.
The only place we ate at in Seward was Red’s Burgers. We ate there twice. You place your order in the building and then go sit in the school bus to eat.
The owners had converted the inside of the bus to booths.
It was different and fun. The boys thought it was so cool to be sitting on a school bus eating.
I got the garlic burger with fires. The chef wasn’t playing around with the garlic. I thought there would be some garlic worked into the burger patty, but there was about a quarter cup of minced garlic on top of that patty! That’s a lot of garlic. I wish I’d known that before I ordered the garlic fries too. It’s a good thing everyone else had garlic fries with their burgers…
The first time we went there, the owner was working the window and it was near closing time. We scored two free mystery cups. What are mystery cups? They are magical mixtures of the ice cream flavors Red’s made through the day. At the end of each batch of ice cream they empty the containers into cups and just layer it up until the cup is full. We had pineapple and strawberry in the cup above. The second time we went we ended up up banana, strawberry, and cookies & cream! So good and only $3!
This is the Reds #1 Burger. It has caramelized maple bacon, grilled ham, onions and mushrooms, jalapenos, cheddar and swiss on it. And it was huge. Mr. Man got this one and ate it all plus his fries.
These are the chili cheese fries! Super good! Now, I mentioned we ate there twice…the first time we ate there it was so amazingly good we couldn’t’ stop talking about it and decided we had to eat there again before we left. We didn’t even contemplate eating anywhere else. It was that tasty. But, the second time…I don’t know…something was off. Maybe they were having an off night? The burgers tasted freezer burnt. It was weird.
We did a very short, very steep hike on the Jeep Trail in Seward. We didn’t go all the way up the trail because we were still recovering from the Harding Icefield fiasco.
It’s hard to tell in the pictures…but you’re looking at a 40 to 50 percent grade there.
The Seward area is considered to be in the rainforest section of the Kenai Peninsula. The plants are huge and there’s moss everywhere. Everything is so…green.
Pretty flower, right?
Watch out, it’ll bite you! What is it with Alaska? If the wildlife doesn’t’ get you, the plant life will!!
We only hiked maybe a quarter of a mile to this waterfall and then headed back down.
So, there you have it! This completes our time on the Kenai Peninsula! We enjoyed every minute of it and had the most amazing weather while we were there.
See y’all on the road!