Sail with Kenai Fjords Tours on a “Gray Whale Watch” in Resurrection Bay through May 16. Kids sail free (two kids 2-11 years old for every paying adult). CLICK HERE for details. Scroll down for details on these great tours.
ONE NIGHT ONLY (Sat., May 15, 2021). Join Kenai Fjords Tours for a night of sea shanties, cocktails, costumes and brews! It’s the “Sirens and Swashbucklers Tour“. Set sail at 6 PM following the Seward Mermaid Festival. On board, enjoy libations and dinner, and relish in a night of spirited fun with the whole family!
GRAY WHALE WATCH cruises run Fri/Sat/Sun through May 16. Kids 2-11 sail FREE (2 kids with each paying adult). Gray whales are on their annual migration from Baja California up to the Bering Sea. Resurrection Bay is an annual pit stop for the giant sea mammals.
Sail on the “Coastal Explorer” from Seward’s small boat harbor. The cruises leave at 12 Noon and last four hours. Lunch is included. There’s plenty of room to move around inside and on the deck. Be sure and bring some extra layers, since it’s still chilly outside. And hold on to your hat if you step on to the deck while the boat is under way.
The gray whales were not showing themselves during our cruise. But we did see Dall’s porpoises, mountain goats, sea otters, harbor seals, Steller sea lions, Bald Eagle, lots of cormorants and some incredible geology.
Throughout our cruise, the captain and crew gave a running narrative of Seward’s history, how Resurrection Bay got its name and major events such as World War II , the 1964 earthquake, the Alaska Railroad and geological notes about Kenai Fjords National Park.
I was surprised by the number of kids on board. They were fascinated when the captain nosed the boat up to some frozen waterfalls in Humpy Cove…and when we saw the sea lions sunning on the rocks! I think Thumb Cove (pictured, below) was one of the most scenic points. All of the glaciers are covered in fresh snow…and the mountains looked like a giant ice cream sundae.
Get out of the house this weekend. Take the kids. The road from Anchorage is in good shape–it’s an easy 2.5-hour drive. Click HERE for MORE INFO.
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