Family Travel Destinations: Things To Do With Kids In Ketchikan, Ak

Ketchikan, Alaska is a native cultural center. It is also a sport-fishing capital with five species of salmon and halibut.

Ketchikan's Classic Tour will take you for a ride in a 55 Chevy offering many personalized tours. While on the tour, you will see an occupied Bald Eagle nest, learn of Alaska's native cultures, and see totem poles and native art.

Ketchikan walking tour is a world famous walking tour of historic Ketchikan and it is free. You will see over 33 points of interest within easy walking distance of the downtown area. The tour is two miles and takes about two hours. You can get a free map at the Visitors Bureau.

Creek Street is a wooden street or boardwalk located in the old "red light district" You will also see Ketchikan's famous Dolly's House while touring Creek Street. Many museums, historic homes, and shops sit above the Ketchikan Creek. You can also take the tram to a mountainside restaurant with a spectacular view of the city. Creek Street is a part of the walking tour also.

Ketchikan's Museum & Library is located on Dock Street containing a vast display of Alaskan memorabilia, old photos, Indian artifacts, books on Alaska and much more. This site is also on the walking tour. Ketchikan Creek and Falls lie at the end of Creek Street on the walking tour and offers magnificent views of the salmon runs.

Totem Heritage Center is next to the city park. Here you will find 33 original totem poles and parts of totem poles from deserted Tlingit or Haida Indian villages. This site is also on the walking tour and a craft center offers a workshop for craftsmen and classes are also taught in tool making, basketry, and carving. There is a free 15-minute guided tour during summer hours.

Deer Mountain Hatchery is located next to the Totem Heritage Center and is on the walking tour. The hatchery releases thousands of coho and king salmon (two-year-olds) each year. Observation platforms and educational displays offer breathtaking views and facts about the life cycle of the salmon. Next to Deer Mountain Hatchery is the Eagle Center. Here you can see the eagles close up in their natural environment.

Deer Mountain Trail is one of many hiking trails beginning at the back of City Park. It is not a very hard trail but is very steep and five miles long. Children will love the rain forest vegetation growing alongside the trail due to the area's wet climate. The hike should take between four to five hours and offers a gorgeous view of the city and many of the islands. Ward Lake Trail is a one mile nature trail and mostly on level ground making it the easiest of all the trails. Perseverance Trail is three miles long mostly boardwalk winding through the muskeg (peat bogs) and forest ending at a small lake seated at the base of a mountain.

Shoreline fishing offers the fisherman an opportunity to catch Rock Cod, Halibut, or Salmon. Fresh water fishing at Ward Lake, Perserverance, Connell, or Talbot lakes offer Rainbow, Dolly Varden, Brook, and Cutthroat trout, Pink and Silver Salmon, and Steelhead. The area also has a rain shelter, hiking trails, fishing streams, and picnic area. You may also book a charter fishing expedition and have your catch of fish processed by the charter company also. Fishing stamps and licenses can be purchased at the boat. Prices vary and can include:

* All fishing gear, tackle and bait.

* Raingear

* Beverages and snacks

Ketchikan is the wettest spot in North America with an average rainfall of around 160 inches. This rain gauge shows the measurements in feet. Westcoast Cape Fox Lodge offers 72 guest rooms and free high-speed wireless internet access in all guest rooms. Also available in all rooms are AM/FM radio alarm clocks, coffee makers, television with cable, and modem lines. Room service, Restaurant, no smoking rooms, and hairdryers are available also.

Anchor Inn by the Sea offers vacation rental units close to the ocean. The view from your suites window is a show of native wildlife. Eagles nest close by, otters, porpoises, and seals can be seen. Three private suites and one private room are available at the Inn. Each has a private entry and private baths. The suites are stocked and equipped with all you will need - kitchens, living room, dining room, king size beds, satellite TV, private phones and all guests have access to a washer and dryer.

House of Stewart is a bed and breakfast with three clean comfortable rooms. Each comes with a 19" color TV and VCR. A delicious full breakfast is served in two of the rooms from Sunday to Friday. On Saturday, there is a continental breakfast. The apartment has a kitchen completely equipped and a living room, bedroom, twin day bed and private bath. Children and pets are allowed on request and a crib is available.

Almost Home Bed & Breakfast offers privacy and comfort in a two-bedroom apartment. It has a well-equipped kitchen and microwave. Also provided are cable TV, gas BBQ, private phone, and laundry. Blueberry Hill Bread and Breakfast is in one Ketchikan's finest historical homes. All rooms have private baths and full breakfast is served. The Bread and Breakfast is located downtown. Corner Bed and Breakfast has a private entrance, fully equipped kitchen, telephone and bath. Captain's Quarters sit on a historic hill with private entrance, queen beds, TV, phone, and a spectacular view.

Lundberg's South Shore Inn offers fully furnished two-bedroom apartment and full kitchen. Private entrance, great fishing near by and set in the country along Alaska's scenic waterway. S and E Bed and Breakfast is located downtown and has a kitchenette, private baths and a spa. Nantucket House offers a luxurious private suite, private deck, and a full kitchen with a beautiful view of Deer Mountain and Tongass Narrows. Sea Otter Bed and Breakfast is quiet, private, and comfortable. Here you will find a hot tub, satellite TV, and well-equipped kitchen.

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