5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Took the free shuttle into town & then took the $10 bus to the Fortress of The Bear & the Raptor Center. FOTB is a great place to take pictures of brown & black bears. They are usually very active & are in an area that ... Read More
Took the free shuttle into town & then took the $10 bus to the Fortress of The Bear & the Raptor Center. FOTB is a great place to take pictures of brown & black bears. They are usually very active & are in an area that replicates their natural environment. They charge $10 admission & it's well worth the fee. The bus returns every hour. From there they'll take you to the Raptor Center. This is a $12 admission. It's for a good cause, but you truly don't get a lot for your money. If you don't go in to the building, you can enjoy the caged birds outside, take a short hiking path (which warns you that this is a perfect area for brown bears, so be aware) & go by a small stream where people (probably fellow cruisers) pay to do some catch & release trout fishing. This path takes you back to the Raptor parking lot. If you don't talk the bus & walk out to the main road and turn left, you'll come upon a beautiful park with very easy walking paths, Follow the signs & you'll walk by a bunch of Indian totem poles, see a nature center & walk by an interesting salmon ladder all on the way back to town. The town is great to stroll. Merchants are friendly & helpful. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Went to fortress of the bears and also the Raptor center .The highlight for me was the show with the Eagle on the trainers arm up close . What a magnificent bird .No wonder it is the US symbol .
Went to fortress of the bears and also the Raptor center .The highlight for me was the show with the Eagle on the trainers arm up close . What a magnificent bird .No wonder it is the US symbol . Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Such a nice town with so much history. We booked a private tour to the Fortess of the Bears, the Raptor Center, and the Hatchery, most enjoyable especially the Raptor Center.
Such a nice town with so much history. We booked a private tour to the Fortess of the Bears, the Raptor Center, and the Hatchery, most enjoyable especially the Raptor Center. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We were upset. We just walked around and learned the history of the natives and the Russians.
We were upset. We just walked around and learned the history of the natives and the Russians. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We took the shuttle bus to the Fortress of the Bear - fun display of the orphaned bears! Good place, only takes 30 minutes to see. Then we stopped by the Raptor Center to check out the big birds. Also a lot of fun, they do a good job ... Read More
We took the shuttle bus to the Fortress of the Bear - fun display of the orphaned bears! Good place, only takes 30 minutes to see. Then we stopped by the Raptor Center to check out the big birds. Also a lot of fun, they do a good job with the awesome birds! Then we walked back through the Historical Park and saw the totems, the old battlefield and the Visitor Center. What a fun day! Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
This was our best excursion and for the lowest price. It did sell out, so book ahead of time or within the first couple of days on the ship. What a thrill! I was actually really scared, but for no reason. The ride was super bumpy, but I ... Read More
This was our best excursion and for the lowest price. It did sell out, so book ahead of time or within the first couple of days on the ship. What a thrill! I was actually really scared, but for no reason. The ride was super bumpy, but I never felt like we were in danger or out of control. It was just a little bit of 'beat up the tourists'. They recommended you use your feet to absorb an impact as you went over the waves, which was good advice if you didn't want a sore behind. First we took a really quick van ride across the street, which wasn't really all that necessary. Then we suited up in this flotation suits that went over your clothes. They had a youth size and most adults wore a size small suit, but I'm sure they had even bigger ones if you're over maybe 250 pounds. Anyway, you really bundled up with them, followed by gloves and a fleece headpiece if you felt like you needed it. It wasn't particularly cold, but the wind made it feel cooler once we got moving. We were able to just wear our glasses, but they had some little goggles if you wanted to borrow them (which they sanitized between uses). Then we waddled across the street to meet the raft, which held up to 6 passengers and the driver (who does 2 to 3 tours in a day). We were on the later tour at noon, which worked out great because we got to stay out longer and see way more than the earlier tours (much of it depends on the tide). We floated up to sea otters, saw the most amazing birds and went into a volcanic cave. We even got to see about 30 puffin on the water. On the way back we slowed down to look for whales when a humpback came up about 10 feet away from us within seconds. It was incredible. It was so much fun. We noticed many of the guests getting off the ride before us were likely in their 70s and had a great time too, so don't be intimidated by it sounding strenuous. They were kind enough to drop us off at the ship afterward so we didn't have to wait for a bus back from downtown. The downtown area was easy to navigate and we were about to buy some souvenirs while waiting for our noon departure for the raft ride. The library was next to where you were dropped off and lots of people were out front using the wifi. There were also many tours available downtown for things like the raptor center that others enjoyed visiting Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
We booked a whale watching tour on the dock and it was wonderful. The captain was a Tlingit native and had a very nice boat that could seat six (would have been a tight squeeze), but there were only three of us. We saw eagles, sea otters ... Read More
We booked a whale watching tour on the dock and it was wonderful. The captain was a Tlingit native and had a very nice boat that could seat six (would have been a tight squeeze), but there were only three of us. We saw eagles, sea otters and many, many humpback whales. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Lovely city with lots of things to do. Absolutely do see the Raptor Center. You can get a cab to the Center and then walk down to the city through the national forest. Good shopping.
Lovely city with lots of things to do. Absolutely do see the Raptor Center. You can get a cab to the Center and then walk down to the city through the national forest. Good shopping. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
We might move here. (lol) there is so much to see. We lucked out and found the community center and watched a local tribal dance and show.
We might move here. (lol) there is so much to see. We lucked out and found the community center and watched a local tribal dance and show. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Everything was close to the ship. They took you from the ship and dropped you off in town. a lot of historical stuff; and the national park had a nice tour of the Totem poles. also visit the Raptor Center.
Everything was close to the ship. They took you from the ship and dropped you off in town. a lot of historical stuff; and the national park had a nice tour of the Totem poles. also visit the Raptor Center. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
The National Historic Park has a visitor's center with totem carving and leather tanning demonstrations, and Alaska Raptor Center was excellent, including a rain forest hike.
The National Historic Park has a visitor's center with totem carving and leather tanning demonstrations, and Alaska Raptor Center was excellent, including a rain forest hike. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
As we were leaving Sitka an american eagle landed on the dock.
As we were leaving Sitka an american eagle landed on the dock. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We went to the Sitka Sound and Science Center and had a great time. Small but educational, they had areas that you could view and touch the sea life. Check out the gift shop for the best sourdough bread and chowder around.
We went to the Sitka Sound and Science Center and had a great time. Small but educational, they had areas that you could view and touch the sea life. Check out the gift shop for the best sourdough bread and chowder around. Read Less

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