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September 23, 2010
From journal Follies in Seward
February 3, 2006
On our last day in Seward, we all decided to make a quick trip to the Alaska Sea Life Center since I had heard such great things about it. We arrived about 10am on a Sunday morning, which is a great time to visit, since there was barely anyone else there. We almost had the entire center to ourselves for about the first hour. Admission is normally $15 for adults and $12 for children, but we purchased our tickets ahead of time through the Seward Military Lodge at a discounted military rate.
Upon walking through the center, I was surprised to learn that it has only been open since May 1998 and owes its existence to funds mostly provided from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Settlement. It is dedicated to understanding and maintaining the Alaska marine ecosystem through research, rehabilitation, education, and exhibition, and it does a great job. My husband and I were already somewhat knowledgeable about Alaska, yet we still learned quite a bit. My in-laws, on the other hand, were, of course, new to Alaska, and they admitted to us afterwards that they were really surprised how much they learned in the few hours at the center.
There are interactive displays and several tanks showing all types of sea life native to Alaskan waters, as well at least three different large exhibitions that showcase stellar sea lions, water fowl, and harbor seals. Many of these beautiful animals are currently being rehabilitated so they can be returned back to their natural habitats. On the lower floors you can even watch as the seals seem to perform for you. My husband and I seemed to make a friend of one of them, as he swam back to us over and over again.
Before you leave, make sure to take a visit outside on the balcony, as there is a great view of Resurrection Bay. It makes a great photo opportunity for friends and family back home! For more information regarding current hours of operation and news, see http://www.alaskasealife.org/.
From journal Alaska Experiences with the In-Laws
September 9, 2005
You can, of course, explore without a tour guide--the path loops around, with an option to continue on a longer hike. The glacier has signs posted all over, warning you not to get too close (apparently it's not desirable to be squashed by falling chunks of ice), but of course there are always a few tourists who ignore the warnings in order to get that up-close snapshot for their home slide shows.
You might see a grizzly bear if you're lucky (or terribly unlucky, depending how you look at it).
From journal 5 Days in Seward, Alaska
by Jack Ventura
August 24, 2002
From journal The Edge of Sea and Summer
October 30, 2000
From journal Knowing Alaska's 'real' places