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Attractions and restaurants for two day visit in May

Will be in Seward, Alaska, two full days towards the end of May. Thoughts on what to do and where to eat?

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top answer by
Tony from Seattle

Two days for Seward is plenty.  It's a small town with a fairly limited number of attractions.  That said, if you're a hiker you could spend weeks doing hikes within a few hours of Seward, but not in May!  Snow will be plenty gone in Seward, but any hikes that head up into the hills will still have tons of snow!  Here are some highlights:

  • Exit Glacier - This is a short drive from Seward and is one of the few places in the world where you can hop out of a car and see a glacier face to face.  Pro-tip: you get a more vivid blue color on cloudy days!

  • Alaska Sea Life Center - This was a heavily funded effort and it shows.  Great living museum of sealife.  See penguins flying under water, seals and seal lions, etc.
  • Kenai Fjords is reachable from here by boat ( does day trips that are well worth it).  You'll see all sorts of sealife (whales, oftentimes) and amazing glacier-carved scenery.
  • If you're in good shape, you can do a sea kayaking day trip.  Depending on wind/tides, this can be a LOT of work, so I'd be iffy on this unless it's calm or you really want a workout.  But even with no experience, this can be done and is a really special way to see Resurrection Bay.
  • Wandering downtown is very cute but plenty small.  Cheesy Alaska tourist shops and some restaurants.
  • Eat at Seward Salmon Bake (near exit glacier), the Smoke Shack (bbq) if you can get out of town a bit.  If not, Sea Bean Cafe or Chattermark are two good bets.
  • One of my favorite hikes ever is out of Seward (Lost Lakes), but it'll still be totally snowed over in May.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Seward (city)
  2. Exit Glacier (attraction)
  3. Alaska Sea Life Center (attraction)
  4. Kenai Fjords (attraction)
  5. Resurrection Bay (attraction)
  6. Seward Salmon Bake (restaurant)
  7. Smoke Shack (restaurant)
  8. Sea Bean Cafe (restaurant)
  9. Chattermark (restaurant)
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It is a cute small town.  If u can drive around back roads or get close to the water in whatever way you enjoy u can't go too wrong.  Alaska Nellie's, a small b&b is on the way into town.  Not sure what they r up to now, but it would be a nice spot off the beaten path.  Have fun.

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answered by
Jazshe from Alaska

There are many fun things to do in Seward. Fishing, driving, Alaska Sea Life Center, and lots of walking to do in nature! Its great! Sorry but I haven't any thoughts on where a good place to eat would be.

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