|Seward, in the distance, seen from a helicopter|
That doesn't mean it isn't worth visiting. The smart visitor uses its extraordinary museum cum aquarium (The Alaska Sea Life Center) as a primer for understanding the area's marine life and lifestyle; and then gets out into nature to enjoy the real thing.
But don't skip the Sea Life Center. It's one of those rare museums that educates painlessly. With the use of interactive exhibits, visitors discover just how important the Bering Sea (viewable from the museum snapshot-worthy terrace) is, to both the world economy (60% of the fish consumed in the US comes from it); and its overall ecology. The lifecycle of the salmon is brought to vivid life, thanks in part to a tankful of the critters. And on the aquarium side of the spectrum are a delightful touch tank (who knew anemones would be as silky as mink?) as well as large areas housing seas, sea otters, sea lions, adorable puffins and more. Its really quite well done, and will delight grandson and grandma alike.
|Tourists at the face of Exit Glacier|
|One of the many lovely views from the hike up to Exit Glacier|
More on Seward tomorrow.