Downtown Seward - Seward has one of the few relatively intact Main Streets in Alaska, and gives you a good idea of what the territory’s early coastal towns looked like. Despite two destructive fires, some of the town’s earliest buildings are still standing. In its early days, it was a rough and rowdy area, a place where one of Seward’s most famous mascots held sway – for a time. Not so rough anymore, you'll find shopping and restaurants with views of the surrounding mountains along Resurrection Bay.
Fishing on Resurrection Bay - Seward is world famous for fishing!! Whether you prefer to cast your line from the beach or a boat, the odds of catching dinner are often in your favor. For fishing charters, information on local fishing rules/regulations, or to purchase a license call Miller's Landing at 907-331-3113 or 907-331-4040, or visit them online at www.millerslandingak.com/index.php.
Adventure and Sightseeing Activities - Let us help you plan your trip! Call us before you arrive or during your stay, and we will be happy to insure that every part of your vacation in Seward is mind-blowing. Aurora Skies Lodging can help you book adventures such as, Kayaking Trips, Boat Tours of Res. Bay, Glacier Hikes, Horseback Riding, Dogsled Trips, Zip-lining Adventures and much much more...
Restaurants - Life in Alaska can really build up an appetite. The restaurants of Seward will hit the spot. These are some of the local favorites.
Seward Brewing Co. - Seward's only local craft beer offered on draft in a family-friendly-full-scale restaurant. Try the "Homies"! Chinooks - A true local favorite with superb views of the Boat Harbor. Tom can't get enough of the "Scallop Mac n' Cheese" and nothing beats the a seat at the sushi bar. Ray's On The Waterfront - Before there were restaurants in the Boat Harbor, there was Ray's On The Waterfront. One of Seward's oldest and best places for a classic cocktail and fresh catch of the day. Sea Bean Café - This is where we met! Comfy seating and a bustling downtown atmosphere give this café it's charm. Stop in for a light lunch or just a quick cup of fresh espresso, the Sea Bean is guaranteed to make you feel like a local. Vegan and gluten free options are available here too!! Resurrect Art - A unique coffee house and art gallery located in a historic church downtown.Resurrect Art Coffee House is a favorite gathering place for locals and visitors alike. Come check out the artwork from local artisans, sip on espresso drinks and teas, and enjoy the view from their loft sitting area. Woody's Thai Kitchen - It's the only Thai food around and it's also some of the best we've ever tasted. Bacon fried rice is Meegan's guilty pleasure. The Cookery - Every dish is something special and the wine list is the best in town. Located downtown on 5th Ave. https://www.cookeryseward.com Zudy's Café - This building used to be the Seward ferry terminal - now visitors can enjoy tasty baked goods and sandwiches from the porch overlooking the bay. Gold Rush Café - The best breakfast in town! A great place to take the kids for pancakes or french toast. The eggs benedict will cure your Yukon Bar regrets.
Shopping - There is nothing like a stroll down Main Street or along the Boat Harbor for some lazy day window shopping. These are a few of our favorite places to pick up Alaskan treasures...
The Tree House At Jdock - Located in the Boat Harbor. Super cute women's clothing and trinkets at great prices. treehouseatjdock.com/ AK Starfish - Located in the Boat Harbor. This brand has become an Alaskan staple. Check out local jewelry, printed hoodies, trucker hats, and local fashions by Alaskan designers. akstarfish.com/ Mermaid Co. - If you're searching for that "something special" look no further. This beautiful shop in the Boat Harbor is two levels full of carefully chosen clothing, jewelry and art. Once In a Blue Moose - Two locations, one in the Boat Harbor and one in Downtown. Everyone loves a silly shirt or a fancy key chain. Swing into this shop for the best variety of Alaskan themed gifts of every kind. store.bluemoosealaska.com/ Ranting Raven - Located Downtown on Main Street. A local favorite for Alaskan art and jewelry. Wonderful staff with an excellent knowledge of the area. Mountain View Sports - Located Downtown on Main Street. The perfect place to grab the hiking item you forgot or a really warm sweater. www.mtviewsports.com/
**Lost Lake Trail - You can walk to the Lost Lake Trailhead from the steps of your cabin at Aurora Skies Lodging!! This trail is also called the Primrose trail at the north end. It begins in a beautiful rainforest and eventually takes you up to a multiple of beautiful lakes in high meadows. Snow clad mountains are all around you, no matter what season you go. This is a scenic trail with incredible views of surrounding mountains and high alpine terrain. The trail is seven miles in one direction so be sure to pack water and always bring a first aid kit as little injuries can turn into big problems if you're not prepared.
Mount Marathon - Mt Marathon, formerly known as Lowell Mountain, holds a marathon every 4th of July in Seward. Eight-hundred people participate in a 3-mile, round-trip foot race that takes them up Mt Marathon's 3022 feet. The ascent is covered in less than a mile. If you look carefully on the left hand side of the mountain you can make out the trail. The fastest recorded time for the race is 43 minutes and 22 seconds. As you might imagine, a crazy race like this started as a barroom bet. Some locals bet the mountain couldn’t be tackled in one hour. That 4th of July in 1915, a small group of local men attempted to win the bet. The winner lost the bet when he crossed the finish line in 62 minutes. If you just want to hike Mt. Marathon, it will likely take you most of the day. Start at the corner of 1st Avenue and Monroe Street. At the top, you get a postcard-perfect view of Resurrection Bay and the city.
Alaska Sea Life Center - The Alaska Sealife Center, located at Mile 0 of the Seward Highway, is the world’s first cold water marine institute, dedicated to preserving the marine environment through research, rehabilitation, and education. Visit their website for upcoming special events.
Seward Boat Harbor - Seward welcomes a variety of vessels that make up our commercial fishing fleet: long-liners, purse-seiners, and gill-netters. The area has over 100 charter fishing boats and a dozen tour boats to help you enjoy the Kenai Fjords National Park and beyond. We are the proud home port of the US Coast Guard Cutter Mustang and we routinely welcome members of the US Naval Fleet. Seward Boat Harbor is a full service port with 50-ton and 330-ton Travelifts, a 5,000 ton Syncrolift, vessel repair yards, potable water, power utilities, hardware stores, grocery stores, restaurants, hotels and many other amenities to meet every need. Established in 1964, Seward’s Harbor has grown and continues to develop today.