Things To Do In Glacier Bay National Park
1. Get Out on the Water
With some of the world’s most impressive tidewater glaciers—backdropped by soaring peaks—the shimmering waters of Glacier Bay National Park serve up ideal sea kayaking opportunities. Grab a paddle and take a single- or multi-day guided kayaking tour through the Inside Passage’s only national park and look for the area’s unique wildlife, from whales to sea lions and eagles to bears.
Love to sail? If you’re visiting the park earlier in April or May, you can explore the natural playground of this park on a 10-day sailing tour. You can even take the helm as you coast through these waters, with a licensed captain at the ready (and keeping a watchful eye!).
2. Stay at Glacier Bay Lodge
The only accommodations available inside the park, Glacier Bay Lodge sits between rainforest and beach and makes the most of its location. Clusters of rooms are built seamlessly into the landscape, and glorious views abound from around the property. Take advantage of tours and activities like a day cruise, whale watching, guided hikes, and more.
3. Go for a Hike
Be prepared to experience the magic of Alaska’s wildlife and views when you set out for a hike on one of Glacier Bay’s trails. Experience both shimmering ocean waters and lush rainforest as you keep an eye out for bears, moose, birds, porcupines, and more. (And be sure to check out our tips on viewing wildlife safely.)
Things To Do
Glacier Bay National Park Day Tours & Attractions View All
Explore Alaska’s hidden gems with customized flightseeing and backcountry adventures for small groups to fit your timeline from Juneau, Sitka, or Glacier Bay National Park. Some options include bear viewing, glacier tours or hot spring adventures!
Day Trip, $500 per per hour | Multi-Day, $2800 per day (whole boat, up to 6 pax)
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: S/V Arcturus
This Southeast Alaska-based tour operator will leave you with a new definition of what it means to have a once-in-a-lifetime Alaska cruise: You sail on an intimate vessel — often getting to steer yourself, under the supervision of an experienced licensed captain — while exploring away from the crowds, and getting a wonderfully up-close view of the wildlife and scenery. Sailings from Juneau and Sitka.
Guided sea kayaking in Alaska’s Southeast opens up the magical world of water-based touring. Glide through a marine environment with gorgeous views in every direction, and many opportunities to spot wildlife – from eagles and salmon to bears, whales and sea lions. Options include day tours for busy schedules and multi-day immersions, all under the expert guidance of naturalists who help you understand the complex workings of a unique and amazing ...more
Glacier Bay National Park Parks & Trails View All
This trail passes along an intertidal lagoon and through a forest of spruce and hemlock before ending at the Bartlett estuary. You may see coyotes, moose, bear, and river otter along the beach. Ducks, geese and other water birds concentrate in the intertidal area during migrations and molting. Salmon run up the river later in the summer that draws in hungry harbor seals. To reach the trailhead, park at the Glacier Bay Lodge/Visitor Center and… ...more