You might feel there's a gift shop at every turn in Alaska, but few of these offer the opportunity to contribute to the protection of Alaska wildlife like the Discovery Gift Shop at the Alaska SeaLife Center. With their "Round up for Rehab" program and a guaranteed percentage of profits going to aquarium programs, your purchases here contribute to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured or orphaned wildlife, as well as the education and outreach done by the Center.
Even better, you'll be shopping at one of the state's largest collections of marine-based products, including a large assortment of locally made goods. (Look for the "Made in Alaska" tag). They carry paintings and prints, highlighted by watercolors of well-known Alaska artist Karla Morreira. They also have a collection of Alaska Native art.
As part of their commitment to the environment, the gift shop has an increasing amount of "green" products, from recycled bags to organic cotton and bamboo t-shirts.
For those whose interest was piqued touring the SeaLife Center, the gift shop also has a large selection of ocean-themed books, ranging from history to biology to contemporary environmental issues.
And their kids' selection is huge, with an amazing assortment of stuffed animals, from puffins to walrus to fur seals. There's also clothing, toys and souvenirs for the youngsters.
- Summer 9am-6:30pm Mon-Thurs, 8am-6:30pm Fri-Sun
- Winter (Sept-April): 10am-5pm daily