Sitka Sound Science Center Tour

This dynamic excursion leads you on a behind-the-scenes tour of a renowned science center before sweeping you off to an expedition cruise through Sitka’s island-studded and wildlife-rich waters. You will have the chance to stroll along a remote Alaska shoreline.

  • Behind-the-scenes tour of the Sitka Science Center
  • Chance to touch sea urchins and anemones at the aquarium
  • See a wide range of animal species.
  • Enjoy local hot clam chowder.
  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Easy

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  • From

    $ 199

  • Notices

    Appropriate warm clothing with layers, rainproof jacket, and comfortable shoes

After a short and narrated transfer aboard a 12-passenger expedition van, you’ll enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sitka Sound Science Center. At this historic facility, you will have the chance to touch sea urchins and anemones at the aquarium, get up close to a wolf eel, and view the different species of fish and invertebrates found in the depths of Sitka Sound. You’ll also have exclusive access to areas not open to the general public. This includes a more personal viewing of one of the aquarium’s most popular residents, a Giant Pacific Octopus, and a close-up look at the center’s state-of-the art marine research and Pacific salmon rearing facility.

Afterwards, board the van for a transfer to Allen Marine’s private dock and shipyard. Here, you’ll board a 12-passenger expedition vessel built by our Alaska Native-owned company. As the captain navigates the craft into Sitka Sound, enjoy a hot bowl of locally made clam chowder. Local delicacies such as smoked salmon spread with crackers, kelp salsa, and more will also be served, alongside chilled beverages, coffee, tea, and hot cocoa.

As you ply the waters of Sitka Sound, your Scientific Expedition Leader will highlight points of interest and wildlife. The area is home to a wide range of animal species, such as sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, eagles, and humpback whales. After selecting a stretch of pristine shoreline perfect for the day’s weather conditions, the captain will land the vessel for a beach exploration. Stroll this beach in the intertidal zone while enjoying the fresh Alaska air and stunning scenery.

Practical information:

  • Language: English.

  • Included: Razor clam chowder and snacks, including coffee, tea, and hot cocoa, with local delicacies and chilled beverages or tea, coffee or hot cocoa.

  • Walking information: Short periods of walking around the science center Guests must be able to embark the tour vessel.

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.