Where To See Wildlife Near Anchorage

Alaska has some amazing wildlife, so here’s where you can view some of these animals while you’re in Anchorage!

Where To See Wildlife In Anchorage

To See Moose

Don’t get too close – they may be beautiful animals but moose are tough!  Watch them from a safe distance at Moose Pond, located on Lost Lake Trail.  You’ll have the best vantage point if you go right before dusk, as they drink and eat before settling down.  You may also spot beavers in the water!

To See Bears

One option is to charter a flight to a nature preserve like Lake Clark, but the simplest option is to visit Chugach Mountains, just outside Anchorage.  While you can hike, it’s a better idea to take an ATV tour.  Either way, admire from a distance – they are soft and fuzzy, but also big and dangerous.

To See Birds

Potter Marsh, in the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, is a wonderful place to see local birds, like bald eagles, trumpeter swans, and northern pintails.  Walk down the wooden boardwalk to see birds on the water, or if you have binoculars, you may be able to spot nests in the distance.  In addition to the birds, you’ll likely look down and see dozens of salmon swimming through the creek.

To See Whales

Cruise through Kenai Fjords to see humpback whales and orcas, along with other marine life, including otters, sea lions, and various birds.  You’ll need to get up early, since the bus departs at 6:30 in the morning, but you get to enjoy a whole day on the water with some marvelous views.  The captains on the boat are extremely knowledgeable, and not only will they make sure you see any animals that pass by, they are also more than happy to tell you interesting facts about Alaskan wildlife.

To See Beluga Whales

While a cruise is a great idea to see orcas or sperm whales, there’s a better option for Beluga whales.  Just off of the Seward Highway is a little viewing area called Beluga Point Lookout.  Go when the tide is coming in and you’ll see several belugas frolicking in the surf.  They’re adorable animals and you definitely don’t want to miss the chance to see them in their natural habitat.

Enjoy all of the natural beauty Anchorage has to offer!