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Ketchikan Shore Excursion Reviews

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30 Excursions Found (Displaying Results 1 - 25)

#1 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Lumberjack Show

333 Reviews
Enjoy the Great Alaska Lumberjack Show while in port at Ketchikan. This extravaganza will introduce you to the world's best lumberjacks, who compete in a number of events for the title of "Bull of the Woods."
#2 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Misty Fjords Flightseeing

166 Reviews
Explore Misty Fjords -- one of nature's most spectacular natural creations -- while cruising on a luxury vessel through Ketchikan.
#3 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Duck Tour

140 Reviews
Why settle for just land or sea when you could have both? Ketchikan's Duck Tour will take you for a splash with a fully amphibious sightseeing tour.
#4 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Wilderness Tour & Crab Feast

129 Reviews
This is a perfect option for fans of TV’s “Deadliest Catch” -- get your hands wet pulling up crab pots from waters surrounding Ketchikan’s coastline followed by a fresh Dungeness Crab feast!
#5 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour

125 Reviews
Board a real life crab-fishing vessel in Ketchikan. Popularized by the television show Deadliest Catch, fishing for king crab is notorious for being one of the world's most dangerous professions.
#6 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Totem Bight State Park

114 Reviews
Parks such as Ketchikan Totem Bight State Park feature recreated Native Alaskan villages with traditional homes for a taste of native history and mythology.
#7 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Misty Fjords Wilderness Cruise

113 Reviews
Journey into the heart of Misty Fjords National Monument, a nearly 2.3 million-acre tract of wilderness east of Ketchikan, and experience the raw power of the great Alaskan north. Known as "The Yosemite of the North," the terrain in Misty Fjords has been sculpted over the millennia by creeping glaciers to create a drastic but beautiful landscape.
#8 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Saxman Native Village

109 Reviews
Visit Ketchikan's own Saxman Native Village, home to an authentic clan house and the world's largest collection of standing totem poles. If you book a tour through your cruise ship you can even see a native dancing show.
#9 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Rainforest Hike

104 Reviews
A rainforest hike in Ketchikan is a great way to get active outdoors—and admire the flora and fauna that makes Alaska so memorable.
#10 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Fishing

100 Reviews
Opt for a salmon fishing adventure or go bottom fishing for rockfish and halibut -- two popular fishing excursions enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
#11 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Flightseeing

95 Reviews
Take flight by chartered seaplane and observe the Ketchikan wild and breath-taking views of untapped nature from an innovative and amazing perspective.
#12 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Zip-lining

86 Reviews
With breathtaking views and abundant wildlife, a zip-lining tour is the perfect way to spend a day experiencing Ketchikan.
#13 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Lighthouses, Totems and Eagles

69 Reviews
Take in the breathtaking seascape as you witness an abundance of local wildlife and learn about the area's history and culture.
#14 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

City Tour

64 Reviews
Tour the town of Ketchikan, the first city on the Inside Passage, by visiting local attractions and learning about Alaskan history and culture.
#15 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Kayaking

58 Reviews
Kayaking through Ketchikan's icy waters is an active way to experience Alaska's gorgeous scenery.
#16 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Wildlife Sanctuary

52 Reviews
Venture into the Tongass National Rainforest on a trail that puts you up close and personal with the flora and fauna of the area. Look for wildlife that frequent the area including a variety of birds, black bears, deer, mink, marten and seals.
#17 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Zodiac Boat

34 Reviews
Emerge into Ketchikan’s true backcountry as you embark on a zodiac excursion around Alaska’s coastline.
#18 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Adventure Kart Expedition

33 Reviews
Hit the accelerator for an off-road adventure of a lifetime. Venture through mountain trails and rainforests and along canals as you learn about the history, culture and economy of Ketchikan in an adventure kart expedition.
#19 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Potlatch Park

33 Reviews
Experience a day in the life of a local Alaskan as you explore recreated Native Alaskan villages and watch Native carvers at work at Ketchikan’s Potlatch Park.
#20 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Trolley Tour

32 Reviews
Watch wildlife appear before your eyes as you are guided through beautiful Ketchikan. The history is as rich as the beautiful scenery you will encounter.
#21 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Ketchikan On Our Own

31 Reviews
Visitors to Ketchikan will be intrigued by its rich Native heritage and impressed with both the scenic town and its surroundings.
#22 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Snorkeling

31 Reviews
Immerse yourself in Ketchikan’s breathtaking underwater world as you snorkel the calm, emerald waters off its coastline.
#23 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Wildlife Cruise

25 Reviews
A wildlife cruise will bring you right to the heart of Alaska as captains and crew share stories and point out unique wildlife in Ketchikan’s waterways. Note: Keep your eyes peeled for rare bald eagles!
#24 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Canoeing

22 Reviews
Take a canoe trip through the beautiful waters of Ketchikan, and experience the Alaskan wilderness.
#25 of 30 Ketchikan Shore Excursions

Jeep Tour

14 Reviews
This is a land adventure that's not to be missed. Drive a four-wheel drive automatic Jeep Wrangler over Ketchikan's backroads.

Food and Drink in Ketchikan

Alaska is known for its cold-water seafood such as halibut, salmon, scallops and king crab as well as large game including moose and elk. Wild berries are used in jams and pastries, and reindeer sausage is found in breakfast items and has a peppery flavor. Local beer often accompanies a meal, and traditional American fare is also widely available.

Alava's Fish-n-Chowder: We heard from multiple people that some of the best fish and chips of their life came from this red shack. They also serve a popular clam chowder. (420 Water Street; 907-617-5328)

New York Hotel and Cafe: This historic inn serves plenty of seafood and some of the best coffee in town. (207 Stedman Street; 907-225-0256)

Annabelle's Keg and Chowder House: This place celebrates seafood amid a 1920s atmosphere, with two sections: a formal linen-tablecloth dining room and a boisterous, atmospheric pub. (Gilmore Hotel, 326 Front Street; 907-225-6009)

The Waterfront Restaurant: Here, you'll find Chinese and Filipino cuisine, as well as traditional American fare. Patrons can watch seaplanes taking off and landing while they dine. (1245 Tongass Avenue; 907-225-5400)

Asylum Bar: A locals' dive bar that will welcome you with enthusiasm, Asylum pours a crazy amount of beers on tap -- 22, including plenty of local brews -- and all for $3.50 drafts. Nosh on an incredible burger menu courtesy of Burger Queen, a shack with a window attached to the bar. (522 Water Street; 907-220-0809)

Don't Miss in Ketchikan

Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show: The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show celebrates Ketchikan's logging heyday. Watch pros compete at log rolling, ax throwing and pole climbing. The bleacher seats, thankfully, are covered and heated. The show -- bordering on cheesy but just too impressive to pass up -- lasts about an hour, leaving plenty of time for shopping (a shore activity of choice). (420 Spruce Mill Way; 907-225-9050; shows run as many as five times a day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $37 for adults, $18.50 for children)

Misty Fjords National Monument: Go sea kayaking, deep-sea fishing or tour Misty Fjords National Monument wilderness area by air (operators have booths at the tourism center at the pier). Flights are extremely weather dependent, so have a backup plan (high-speed wilderness cruises are an option).

Museums: Enjoy museum-hopping around town. The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center (50 Main Street; 907-228-6220; open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during summer; $5 adults, free for kids) has an interactive rain forest gallery and a terrific gift shop. Also, check out the Totem Heritage Center (601 Deermount Street; 907-225-5900; open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m; $5 adults, free for kids) and the Tongass Historical Museum (629 Dock Street; open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $3 adults, free for kids).

Totem Poles: Outside of Ketchikan, three must-see totem pole locations are Totem Bight State Historical Park (10 miles north), Potlatch Park (near Totem Bight) and Saxman Native Village (2 miles south). At Potlatch and Saxman, you can watch carvers at work during the guided tour.

Creek Street: The most interesting area -- both for historic value and good shopping -- is Creek Street. Not a street at all, this boardwalk winds along Ketchikan Creek and was once the locale for all the area's brothels. Now, it's home to artsy galleries like Soho Coho (5 Creek Street; 907-225-5954), which sells fish-themed artwork and a variety of higher-end crafts, from gorgeous velvet scarves to watercolors to soaps. Nearby, you'll see the Alaska Eagle Art Gallery (5 Creek Street No. 3; 907-225-8365), where Pendleton blankets with Indian themes are a standout, as are silver pendants and bronze sculptures.

In front of Creek Street is Parnassus Books (105 Stedman Street; 907-225-7690), an interesting bookstore with a great selection of Alaska-oriented tomes. Try Sam McGee's A Taste of Alaska (18 Creek Street; 907-225-7267) for regionally made items like honey, barbecue sauce, soaps, lotions and ulu knives.

Cape Fox Lodge: Catch a great view of Ketchikan and beyond from the Cape Fox Lodge; you can access this hilltop resort from a funicular that operates on Creek Street -- the fee for the funicular is waived if you eat at the restaurant.

Tongass National Forest: Watch black bears catch and eat their fill of salmon at Neets Bay in Tongass National Forest. Sign up onboard your ship for this floatplane and bear-watching thrill (late July through September).

Deer Mountain: Serious hikers will enjoy the 3-mile trail on Deer Mountain that begins in Ketchikan (Fair and Deermount Streets). Remember that this is still bear country, so hiking in pairs or groups is advised. Another good practice is to sing and make noise as you walk to avoid startling bears.

Boat and Cycle Tours: Take a part-bike part-boat tour with Alaska Sea Cycle Tours (907-821-2728), a great family-friendly activity. The tour combines wildlife spotting, exercise and an Alaskan picnic.

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