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Ketchikan Day Tours & Attractions

Fishing Charters View All

Salmon • Halibut • Southeast, Alaska

Season: May 15 to Sep 15 $200+ per person 4-8 hrs

Ketchikan is known as the salmon cap­i­tal of the world,” and this unique­ly per­son­al tour is your chance to angle for these icon­ic Alaskan fish — as well as huge hal­ibut. You’ll board an inti­mate fish­ing boat — com­plete with top-qual­i­ty fish­ing and rain gear, as well as heaters, snacks, and bev­er­ages — close to the Ketchikan cruise ter­mi­nal. And, since this is a pri­vate char­ter, it will be only your group on board!

$249+ Day Trips 6+ hrs

Bara­nof Fish­ing Excur­sions offers clas­sic Alas­ka fish­ing expe­ri­ences from their pri­vate mari­na in down­town Ketchikan. They pro­vide every­thing you need from rub­ber boots to expert guides, for an extra­or­di­nary fish­ing adventure!

Season: Year Round $195+ 4 hrs - Full Day

Spend a few hours or a whole day of unfor­get­table angling on a scenic tour with this fam­i­ly-run char­ter fish­ing com­pa­ny in Ketchikan, a town world-famous for its fish­ing. Ide­al for cruise ship pas­sen­gers or any vis­i­tor to town look­ing for an amaz­ing fish­ing experience.

$200+ Fishing, $100 Wildlife Viewing 2 hours - Full Day

You’ll find out why Ketchikan is famous for salmon with Cap­tain Jared of Rainy Day Char­ters. Leave the cruise ship crowds behind for an authen­tic Alaskan expe­ri­ence, sur­round­ed by water, wilder­ness and wildlife. It’s a per­fect excur­sion for a half-day in port, even bet­ter if you have more time to fill your entire box with fish.

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Flightseeing Tours View All

Visit Misty Fjords National Monument

Season: Apr 25 to Oct 10 $249 2.25 hours

Fly through dra­mat­i­cal­ly beau­ti­ful land­scapes in a DeHav­il­land float­plane for an icon­ic Alaskan expe­ri­ence. In this 2‑hour adven­ture, you’ll vis­it Misty Fjords Nation­al Mon­u­ment, where glac­i­ers carved out the land 17,000 years ago. See an untouched world of deep fjords, lush green for­est and sparkling lakes. Expe­ri­ence a water land­ing and ven­ture out onto the floats to take in the beau­ty – and peace­ful­ness – of remote Alaska.

Season: May 01 to Sep 30 $115+ 10 - 45 mins

Get a thrilling, bird’s‑eye view of Alaska’s snow-capped peaks, moun­tain lakes, water­falls, and more on an unfor­get­table heli­copter flight­see­ing tour from Ketchikan.

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Zipline Tours View All

Zipline up to 135 ft above lush rainforest
Season: Apr 25 to Oct 10 $174+ 3.5 hours

Fly through the upper sto­ries of a tem­per­ate rain­for­est in this thrilling zipline adven­ture. Two excit­ing cours­es, each with 8 zips, are locat­ed with­in the Alas­ka Rain­for­est Sanc­tu­ary – home to spawn­ing salmon, bald eagles, and black bear! Whether you’re a new­bie or an old hand, this is the ulti­mate loca­tion for a zip­ping good time.

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Sea Kayaking Tours View All

Ocean Kayaking • Great shore excursion during a cruise
Season: Apr 01 to Sep 30 $159+ per person 3+ hrs

Expe­ri­ence kayak­ing in Alas­ka the way it should be — away from the crowds — with these unique Ketchikan pad­dling tours that make you feel like a true explor­er. Your small group (usu­al­ly just 4 peo­ple) will board the company’s com­fort­able boat and set off from the Ketchikan cruise-ship dock, leav­ing the big ships and the crowds behind. Choose from a 3‑hour tour, or 5‑hour kayak and hike tour.

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Guided Hiking View All

Rainforest & coastal views
Season: Apr 25 to Oct 10 $92 2.75 hours

Just out­side Ketchikan, the Alas­ka Rain­for­est Sanc­tu­ary promis­es a close-up view of old-growth for­est, salmon habi­tat, an his­toric lum­ber mill, totem carv­ing, rap­tor exhibits, and chances to see black bear and oth­er wildlife – all in under 3 hours! There’s no bet­ter intro­duc­tion to Alaska’s South­east than this show­case of ecol­o­gy, wildlife, his­to­ry and Native culture.

$129 per person 3 hrs

Bike 5 miles along­side a 100-year-old water flume, sur­round­ed by the gor­geous Ton­gass Nation­al For­est, to a salmon-spawn­ing stream at Ward Creek. After a deli­cious snack, hike about ¾‑mile, fol­low­ing a board­walk up into the for­est. You’ll learn all about the plants that thrive in this unique environment.

Season: Apr 01 to Sep 30 $159+ per person 3+ hrs

Expe­ri­ence kayak­ing in Alas­ka the way it should be — away from the crowds — with these unique Ketchikan pad­dling tours that make you feel like a true explor­er. Your small group (usu­al­ly just 4 peo­ple) will board the company’s com­fort­able boat and set off from the Ketchikan cruise-ship dock, leav­ing the big ships and the crowds behind. Choose from a 3‑hour tour, or 5‑hour kayak and hike tour.

$147 per person 4 hrs

Board a rigid-hull inflat­able boat for a 20-minute ride out to a seclud­ed island. Weave through a series of small islands with mas­sive cliffs that rise hun­dreds of feet out of the ocean, check out active bald eagle nests and look for sea lions and seabird rook­eries along the way. Once at the island, you’ll climb out on the beach, break out into small­er groups, and set off on a stun­ning hike on a board­walk that snakes through the rainforest.  ...more

$99 2.5 hrs

Alas­ka invites con­tem­pla­tion and reflec­tion. Expe­ri­ence the qui­et side of Ketchikan on a guid­ed walk through dense stands of cedar and spruce to a rur­al ocean beach. Here you can con­nect with the land and sea through activ­i­ties such as cre­ative writ­ing, med­i­ta­tion or tai chi.

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Jeep & ATV Tours View All

Tongass National Forest • Independent tour, or great shore excursion

Season: May 05 to Oct 10 $220 3.25 hours

This exhil­a­rat­ing tour puts you in a rugged Tom­car for a back coun­try ATV adven­ture over 10 miles of old log­ging roads through the Ton­gass Nation­al For­est. The off-road excite­ment is matched by amaz­ing views as you nav­i­gate twist and turns, motor eas­i­ly up hills, and splash through epic pot­holes. It’s sheer fun for the whole fam­i­ly. Get Dirty!

$164 per person 4 hrs

Dri­ve your own jeep along pri­vate log­ging roads that wind up into the moun­tains, on your way to an alpine lake. Pad­dle across the shim­mer­ing lake to a shore­line camp for a deli­cious snack over an open fire. Enjoy some sto­ry­telling, then go on a short nature walk through a beau­ti­ful old-growth forest.

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Bear Viewing Tours View All

Watch black bears fish for salmon
Season: Jul 07 to Sep 30 $215 3.25 hours

Ketchikan is black bear coun­try, and just out­side town you can see them in their favorite sum­mer­time activ­i­ty – fish­ing for pro­tein-rich Alas­ka salmon. A walk­ing tour through the lush foliage of the Alas­ka Rain­for­est Sanc­tu­ary reveals prime salmon habi­tat, a cer­tain attrac­tion for hun­gry bears. Wait and watch for this apex species in action – pounc­ing on fish, teach­ing cubs, and chas­ing each oth­er to the feast­ing grounds.

$389 3 hours

The lush green Ton­gass Nation­al For­est stretch­es out below as you take a clas­sic Alaskan float­plane ride to Neets Bay, one of the best places in South­east Alas­ka to see black bears fish­ing for salmon. This 3‑hour trip packs in spec­tac­u­lar flight­see­ing, a nature walk, and the chance to watch bears in their nat­ur­al habitat.

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Museums & Cultural Centers View All

Totem Poles • World-Class Exhibits & More

The art of totem pole carv­ing was a lux­u­ry that expe­ri­enced its hey­day in the mid-1700s to the late 1800s. The fur trade had pro­vid­ed the Tlin­git, Hai­da and Tsimshi­an peo­ples a new­found sense of wealth – and time to focus on the artistry of the totem 

Expe­ri­ence world-class exhibits and audio­vi­su­al pro­grams. Dis­cov­er Tsimshi­an, Hai­da and Tlin­git totem poles, the rain­for­est room, a Native fish camp scene, and exhibits on South­east Alaska’s ecosys­tems, fish­ing, min­ing, tim­ber and tourism. Locat­ed one block from the cruise ship dock in down­town Ketchikan. Accepts Amer­i­ca-the-Beau­ti­ful passes.

As part of the New Deal dur­ing the 1930s, the Civil­ian Con­ser­va­tion Corps came to this area and hired skilled Native artists who could recre­ate old crum­bling poles and train appren­tices, to keep the art form alive. You can wan­der the grounds at this state park, and learn about how to inter­pret the sym­bols on poles, or check out the large, carved trib­al house. Was named to the Nation­al Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places in 1970. 10 miles out of town on  ...more

Built on the old fish­ing grounds of Tlin­git Natives, the park hosts some of the finest native art in the world!

In the muse­um are artifacts,text and pho­tos telling of Alaska’s spir­it­ed First City as a Native fish camp, min­ing hub, salmon can­ning cap­i­tal, fish­ing port and tim­ber town. The Cen­ten­ni­al Build­ing com­mem­o­rates the pur­chase of Alas­ka from Rus­sia in 1867. In front is the Raven Steal­ing the Sun pole, carved by Dempsey Bob and raised in 1983

If you want a chance to sit back and enjoy an icon­ic view of Alas­ka, catch up on your work, or peruse a large col­lec­tion of Alaskana, there’s no more per­fect place than the new Ketchikan library. 

List­ed on the Nation­al Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places, this col­lec­tion of 19th cen­tu­ry totem poles is the biggest in the world. Sal­vaged from aban­doned Hai­da and Tlin­git vil­lages, some are as old as 160 years — no small feat, since totem poles usu­al­ly dete­ri­o­rate in less than a cen­tu­ry. You can take a quick, free tour, or check out the cur­rent exhibits of con­tem­po­rary Tlin­git art.

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Bicycle Tours View All

$129 per person 3 hrs

Bike 5 miles along­side a 100-year-old water flume, sur­round­ed by the gor­geous Ton­gass Nation­al For­est, to a salmon-spawn­ing stream at Ward Creek. After a deli­cious snack, hike about ¾‑mile, fol­low­ing a board­walk up into the for­est. You’ll learn all about the plants that thrive in this unique environment.

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Canoeing Tours View All

$164 per person 4 hrs

Dri­ve your own jeep along pri­vate log­ging roads that wind up into the moun­tains, on your way to an alpine lake. Pad­dle across the shim­mer­ing lake to a shore­line camp for a deli­cious snack over an open fire. Enjoy some sto­ry­telling, then go on a short nature walk through a beau­ti­ful old-growth forest.

$102 per person 3.5 hrs

Pad­dle all around a shim­mer­ing lake, look­ing for wildlife on the shore and rev­el­ing in the spec­tac­u­lar moun­tain views that sur­round you. Then stop off at a shore­line camp to enjoy a snack over an open fire. When you’re fin­ished, you’ll go on a short walk through a dra­mat­ic old-growth forest.

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Historic Parks & Sites View All

Near­ly a cen­tu­ry ago in 1903, this was the small min­ing and fish­ing town’s red-light dis­trict but today the board­walk street, propped up over Ketchikan Creek on wood­en pil­ings, teems with gift shops, muse­ums and well-pre­served homes.

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Fairs & Festivals View All

Per­fect­ly timed for the approach­ing hol­i­day sea­son, the Ketchikan Arts & Human­i­ties Council’s Win­ter Arts Faire show­cas­es the cre­ations of local artists, which make for great gifts. More than 80 artists exhib­it their work here, so you could eas­i­ly fill all of your hol­i­day wish lists with local, hand­made gifts. 

With almost 30 years under its belt, the Ketchikan Wear­able Arts Show is an event you don’t want to miss. Described as the orig­i­nal run­way per­for­mance,” this show has inspired imi­ta­tions in neigh­bor­ing com­mu­ni­ties and around the world. If you’d like to see a show that most clear­ly rep­re­sents pure artis­tic tal­ent, this is it. 

Sum­mers are busy in Ketchikan, with up to five cruise ships mak­ing port every day, but the locals also know how to play hard — espe­cial­ly at the huge Blue­ber­ry Arts Fes­ti­val, host­ed every August by the Ketchikan Arts and Human­i­ties Coun­cil. In a town of 14,000, you’re like­ly to see as many as 8,000 peo­ple come out to this fam­i­ly-friend­ly event that cel­e­brates the South­east Alaskan blueberry. 

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Points of Interest View All

Refuge Cove State Recre­ation Site is a sliv­er of land lin­ing part of an edge of a neigh­bor­hood and is a pop­u­lar beach pic­nick­ing des­ti­na­tion with the locals. The site comes com­plete with pit toi­lets, shel­tered and unshel­tered pic­nic tables with fire grates, and a quar­ter-mile trail accom­pa­nied by inter­pre­tive signs that address the local nat­ur­al history.

Her­ring Cove, at the right time of year, is a won­der­ful place to view wildlife, and in par­tic­u­lar, black bears. Mid-June through ear­ly Sep­tem­ber, when the salmon are run­ning, is prob­a­bly the best time for a chance to see black bears here.

Spot­ting eagles is a high­light of any vis­it to Alas­ka. Ketchikan has 30 nest­ing sites weigh­ing in up to 2,000 pounds and mea­sure 6 feet deep. Eagle’s remain in Ketchikan because eagles know they won’t starve here. Eagles are car­ni­vores and live to eat fish, so you’ll see them plen­ty at the mouth of salmon streams. Eagles even hang around in win­ter; the water remains ice-free, and the fish keep coming.

The most spec­tac­u­lar and acces­si­ble water­falls around Alas­ka you can see from the road, from a hike, or from a day cruise.

On one of the run-off creeks from Achilles Moun­tain or Twin Peaks Moun­tain above pours a 100-foot or more water­fall right beside Ton­gass High­way towards the end of the road

Ketchikan Arts & Human­i­ties Coun­cil (KAAHC) is the pow­er­house of Ketchikan’s arts com­mu­ni­ty; if there’s an arts event in Ketchikan, this orga­ni­za­tion is on it! Locat­ed at the Main Street Gallery, KAAHC pro­duces dozens of art events annu­al­ly, such as summer’s Blue­ber­ry Arts Fes­ti­val and February’s famous Wear­able Arts Show.

When she’s not carv­ing linoleum or wood, you may find Evon on one of her many teach­ing gigs around the state. She’s one of Alaska’s favorite artists-in-res­i­dence, which allows her to share her pas­sion for print­mak­ing with stu­dents from Kinder­garten on up. 

Want to expe­ri­ence a lit­tle piece of rus­tic, old-timey Ketchikan? Head to the Main Street Gallery at 7 p.m. every sec­ond Fri­day of the month for a night of square danc­ing. Pop­u­lar year-round (but espe­cial­ly in the sum­mer), this is a great way to social­ize like the pio­neers did 100 years ago. Nev­er square danced before? No wor­ries. The reg­u­lar dancers are a friend­ly, inclu­sive crew, ready to teach you how it’s done. 

This may be the most well-known bridge to have nev­er been built. The idea was to replace the fer­ry con­nect­ing Ketchikan with Grav­ina Island, where the Ketchikan Air­port is.

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Plays & Performances View All

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Walking Tours View All

Season: Apr 25 to Oct 10 $92 2.75 hours

Just out­side Ketchikan, the Alas­ka Rain­for­est Sanc­tu­ary promis­es a close-up view of old-growth for­est, salmon habi­tat, an his­toric lum­ber mill, totem carv­ing, rap­tor exhibits, and chances to see black bear and oth­er wildlife – all in under 3 hours! There’s no bet­ter intro­duc­tion to Alaska’s South­east than this show­case of ecol­o­gy, wildlife, his­to­ry and Native culture.

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Wildlife Parks View All

Season: Jul 07 to Sep 30 $215 3.25 hours

Ketchikan is black bear coun­try, and just out­side town you can see them in their favorite sum­mer­time activ­i­ty – fish­ing for pro­tein-rich Alas­ka salmon. A walk­ing tour through the lush foliage of the Alas­ka Rain­for­est Sanc­tu­ary reveals prime salmon habi­tat, a cer­tain attrac­tion for hun­gry bears. Wait and watch for this apex species in action – pounc­ing on fish, teach­ing cubs, and chas­ing each oth­er to the feast­ing grounds.

Season: Apr 25 to Oct 10 $92 2.75 hours

Just out­side Ketchikan, the Alas­ka Rain­for­est Sanc­tu­ary promis­es a close-up view of old-growth for­est, salmon habi­tat, an his­toric lum­ber mill, totem carv­ing, rap­tor exhibits, and chances to see black bear and oth­er wildlife – all in under 3 hours! There’s no bet­ter intro­duc­tion to Alaska’s South­east than this show­case of ecol­o­gy, wildlife, his­to­ry and Native culture.

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