Eagles, Raptors & Rainforest Experience

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    Learn about the different species that call this region home.
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    How do you measure up to a Bald Eagle’s wing span?
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    The raptor center does incredible recovery work, and they are the only full service avian hospital in Alaska!
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    Your naturalist guide is with you every step of the way to teach you about the fascinating local plants and wildlife.
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    At this raptor courtyard, you’ll have time to ask the handler more questions and photograph these amazing birds of prey close up.
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    The 1,500 square foot flight auditorium may very well be the highlight of your visit!
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    An overlook at Herring Creek is a great spot for opportunities to see other types of wildlife!
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    This totem park is the first Tsimshian totem pole park in the country!
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    Meet the birds and hear their rehabilitation and recovery stories!
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    Guests of all ages love seeing these birds of prey up close, and the varied nature of this tour captures everyone’s interests!
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    Don’t miss the totem park with the impressive 40-foot totem!
Are you fascinated by birds of prey and would you like to get as close as possible to them? If so, the Eagles, Raptors & Rainforest Experience is for you! This Ketchikan excursion provides you with incredibly in-depth and up-close participation at the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, which is home to a variety of native birds at the center's private 40-acre reserve. The highlights of this tour include a presentation at the flight auditorium and raptor courtyard as well as a nature walk through the lush temperate rainforest. If you love wildlife, especially eagles and raptors, you'll love this Ketchikan tour!

What to expect and what not to expect with this Ketchikan shore excursion

Your wildlife journey on this Eagles, Raptors & Rainforest Experience begins with a convenient pick up at the cruise ship docks and a scenic 8-mile coastal drive to the reserve. Begin with an easy half-mile walk as your naturalist guide leads you through the forest to the overlook at Herring Creek. Wildlife is often seen here, especially during the salmon spawning season when bears and seals come to feed at the creek! Have your camera ready and don't hesitate to ask your friendly guide questions about the local plants and animals! Next, it's time to enjoy an exciting 30-minute presentation at the flight auditorium where you'll learn about the behaviors of these birds while they fly right before your eyes! Additionally, you'll visit the raptor courtyard for viewing more incredible birds and a Q&A with the handler.

  • 3 hour duration
  • Perfect for nature & animal lovers!
  • Rainforest walk with naturalist guide
  • Close-up raptor presentation plus many more opportunities for viewing wildlife
  • Round trip transportation included

This raptor center and other similar organizations have done such amazing work rehabilitating these birds of prey that they have been able to move the Bald Eagle off of the endangered species list. Part of the proceeds from these tours directly benefits their rehabilitation efforts, education, and research.

There's lots more to explore at the center and you'll have free time to do so! Check out the historic Lumber Company Saw Mill, see the impressive totem pole park, watch a blacksmith at work, and shop for unique goods at the general store. You'll return back to town with a camera full of incredible wildlife photos and fond memories from your Eagles, Raptors & Rainforest Experience!

For another exciting wildlife excursion in Ketchikan, consider the Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour. And, for the ultimate wildlife shore excursion itinerary for your journey along the Inside Passage, pair this tour with Juneau's Whale Watching Tour and Skagway's Wildlife Safari & Bear Viewing!

Minimum Ages, Cancellations, Accessibility, Etc.

KETCHIKAN TOURS DETAILS:

  • Restrictions: This is a family-friendly tour for all ages!
  • Accessibility: The walk is about a half-mile total along an improved, but natural trail. The terrain is relatively level with a few slight inclines.
  • Cancellation Policy: In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we always issue a full refund for the tour. Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure with absolutely no penalty. Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure are nonrefundable.
  • What to Wear: This tour operates rain or shine and we suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing, and a waterproof jacket. It can be cold, warm, sunny or rainy on the day of your tour, so wearing layers will allow you to adjust as needed. Rain ponchos can be provided if necessary.
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  • Adult Rate: $109
  • Child Rate: $89 (ages 4-12)
  • Infant Rate: Free (ages 3 & under)
  • + 6.5% sales tax
You've got questions, we've got answers
Q:What should I wear?
This tour operates in all weather conditions. Comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing and a waterproof jacket are recommended. Rain ponchos are available, if necessary. Don't forget your camera!
Q:What is the best time of year for bear viewing?
Much of the local wildlife including the eagles and bears centers around the salmon run. Typically, July and August are the best times for bear viewing in this area, but they can be spotted throughout the season.
Q:What if our ship is delayed or doesn't make it into port? Refund?
It's very rare that a ship is delayed into port, but in those cases, we will try our best to work with you to reschedule the tour to a later time. If that is not a possibility or your ship doesn't make it into port, we will of course refund the full cost of the tour.
Q:When should we reserve this tour? Can we book it when we arrive to Ketchikan?
This tour, like many others, does operate with limited spacing so advanced reservations are recommended. Often times, last-minute reservations or day-of arrivals cannot be accommodated, so we always say that it's best to book the tour as soon as you have an idea that this is the one for you.
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