Alaska Raptor Center

1000 Raptor Way, Sitka, AK 99835

A pioneering wildlife project, the Alaska Raptor Center has for years proven that dedicated volunteer effort and innovative veterinary medicine can make a life-or-death difference on Alaska’s raptors (birds of prey). The center’s goal is to rehabilitate and release into the wild all bird patients; however, a few never fully recover and remain housed at the center’s outdoor sanctuary. One of Sitka’s most popular attractions, visitors are welcome at the Alaska Raptor Center’s facility that includes an impressive flight training enclosure. Summer Hours: mid-May to mid-September: 8am – 4pm daily. Winter Hours: 10am – 3pm, closed weekends. Prices: $15 for adults, $6 for children.

Fortress of The Bear

4639 Sawmill Creek Rd., Sitka, AK 99835

A 501(c)(3) non-profit education and rescue center with an exquisite three-quarter acre habitat for orphaned brown bear cubs complete with covered viewing areas.  Alaska brown bear viewing in a natural type setting.  A three 3/4 acre exhibit replicates the Southeast Alaska brown bear and black bear habitats.  View brown bears as you would encounter them in the wild!  $15 per adult, $5 per child, no charge for children under 7.

SUMMER 2020 UPDATE: Currently open by pre-booked appointments only from Wed-Sun. Book your slot online here or by telephone. Appointments are 45 minutes long. Masks required, and only card payments accepted at this time.

Sitka Sound Science Center

834 Lincoln St., Sitka, AK 99835

Experience the spectacular diversity of the many amazing sea creatures that thrive in the waters surrounding Sitka. The aquarium houses an 850-gallon tank that gives visitors a glimpse of our kelp forest ecosystem and local fish species. The three large touch tanks allow you to feel the spiny skin of a sea star, the soft tentacles of a sea anemone, and the coarse shell of an abalone. During your visit take a guided tour through the salmon hatchery to learn about the history of hatcheries in Alaska, the salmon lifecycle, and the process for collecting eggs. This non-profit science center is dedicated to science research and education. It is a part of the historic Sheldon Jackson Campus located a 0.5 mile walk from Harrigan Centennial Hall downtown on the way to the Raptor Center and the Sitka National Historical Park.

We are currently open limited hours and reservations are required to visit the Science Center, so visit www.sitkascience.org and click Book Now to buy your tickets.