Enjoy the serene beauty of the Alaska wild at Whale Park, conveniently located at 2500 Sawmill Creek Rd. Once you arrive at the parking lot, you’ll wind down a steep staircase that leads directly to the ocean’s brim. Here, three covered gazebos with fixed binoculars and picnic tables offer the perfect place for a leisurely lunch, photography, or a simple getaway.

Nearby, life-sized sculptures of humpback whales provide the perfect place for little ones to climb, side and play. Although whale season is September through December, it’s always possible to spot a whale while on your adventure. Bring your own binoculars on a stroll along the nearby trails and keep an eye out for one of Alaska’s most famous creatures.

Breaking Waves

The entire “trek” is under half a mile, which makes it ideal for most visitors. However, be careful at the staircases, which can be slick. In addition to whales, there’s also a rich variety of shorebirds, eagles, sea ducks, harbor seals and Steller sea lions in the area. It’s a nature lover’s delight and sure to help you make the most of your Alaska trip.

Ask a local Sitka restaurant to pack a picnic for you featuring local seafood and seasonal treats. Whale Park is a favorite destination for locals, and visitors quickly fall in love with its quirky fun and great views.