- 4 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Admire epic scenery and spot Alaskan wildlife on this tour from Anchorage, which takes you along the Seward Highway to the Turnagain Arm and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Keep your eye out for whales, wolves, moose, goats and sheep on your drive, and get up close to bears, elk and caribou on your educational tour of the rescue and rehabilitation center. You also have the option to adopt an animal!
- Select hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transportation to and from Portage for the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
- Local Certified guide
- Entry/Admission - Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
- Gratuities are recommended for your driver/guide if excellent service is provided
Salmon Berry Travel & Tours
Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
Returns to original departure point
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Girdwood, Anchorage, Alaska
Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a 200-acre natural habitat that provides wildlife education and rehabilitation for some of Alaska’s favorite animals! This is Alaska’s only guaranteed wildlife viewing! Get close enough to observe and photograph some of our favorite land animals such as moose, reindeer, bison, wolves, and more!
Duration: 2 hours
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Our driver was very nice and provided a lot of commentary about Alaska while we were on the road. However, the stops we made were extremely brief. 10-15 minute stops at each point, 1 lookout point on Turnagain arm, and animal areas at the Wildlife Conservation Center. 1 stop was 45 minutes, which was at the gift shop area, of course. Our driver provided some info on the Center itself and a couple of the animals there, but I would've wished for a Conservation Biologist to provide informational talks and the back-stories of each animal that ended up at the center. None of the workers at the Center really spoke to us. Only 1 person did, to tell us how to spot the hiding spot of the Lynx, but that was it. There is a lot of missed opportunities with this tour, I didn't feel quite the connection to the Center as I thought I would've. That's too bad because wildlife and conservation is the #1 reason as to why I decided to visit Alaska in the 1st place. Hopefully, this tour in the future will provide a little more connection with the Center's mission or just make the tour last longer. I felt that we were just being rushed and shuttled between areas. At least during our visit, all the animals decided to wake up and put on a show for us. A brown bear was rolling around on his back, and another was scratching an itch on a pole. The wolves were napping at first and then all 3 woke up and started pacing and hoping on top of things. There was plenty to see so that was good. And I think I may have seen a beluga whale while driving on Turnagain Arm, but i'm not certain.
This excursion was one of the best things we did in Alaska. Our guide was prompt and professional, and very helpful with navigating Anchorage (as it was our first day there). The Wildlife Conservation Center was remarkable. We were literally 3 feet away from brown and black bears, moose, caribou, foxes, etc. Funny enough, we were thrilled to be there on a sunny day with a bright blue sky, but we were told the animals are often more active when it rains (which it does frequently during the summer in Alaska.) Anyway, everyone who visits Anchorage should make it a point to go out to the remarkable Turnagain Arm and Wildlife Conservation Center. It is well worth it! And, going with this tour did not disappoint! We loved it!
Our tour guide, John, made the trip worthwhile. His knowledge of Alaska and the Anchorage area was interesting and fascinating at the same time as well as his stories of life in Alaska. At the wildlife refuge, we got to see quite a few animals up close. As the first excursion of our cruise, it really made us excited for what was to come next! Highly recommend this tour.
This tour was great! I booked it at the very last minute and was able to do so quite easily. Rebecca, our guide, picked us up at the hotel and provided a commentary throughout on the scenery and wildlife. As there were only six of us , the tour was tailored to everyone's preferences. On our last day in Alaska we were finally able to get some great pictures of: bears, elk, reindeer, moose, wolves and some other animals that were elusive in the wild. The Wildlife Nature Center was a great way to see the animals up close and personal. I would highly recommend Salmonberry Tours.
The guide was really great and full of great information about life in Alaska today and in the past. Really enjoyed this tour!
Fantastic tour!! Our guide Kevin was knowledgeable and very friendly...gave us tons of interesting facts, history and fun stories. We saved the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center for the last day of our 3-week vacation in Alaska. It is a MUST-SEE!! We saw more animals in one day than the 3 weeks!
This was a great tour. The scenery was beautiful, the guide knowledgeable about the area and the wonderful animals we saw. I thought it was well worth the money. We got lots of great pictures of the animals. We got our only close-up bear experience during our Alaska trip at the Animal Refuge! I recommend this tour and would do it again.
Chloe, our guide, was excellent. She was very knowledgeable about Alaska, Anchorage, and the wildlife as well as personable and professional too. The drive was beautiful and seeing the wildlife up close was spectacular. We decided to take this tour because seeing wildlife is so unpredictable and this was a sure way to see them. We watched the bears for a long time and would have loved to watch them even longer. It was awesome that I was able to support such a wonderful establishment.
We all enjoyed the trip thoroughly - the young lady tour guide had excellent knowledge and stopped for some great photo shoots.
The tour of the Wildlife Sanctuary was excellent - and she seemed to know many of the animals by name.
Really worthwhile trip to learn more about Alsaka.
A Little bit to expensive. Only a car drive to the wildlife Center and back.
The Center is really great.
This was an excellent tour, I enjoyed the animals at the Conservation Center, the tour guide was very knowledgable, and interested in what we had to say, and answered all our questions. I would definietly recommend this tour, and the price was awesome as well.
Fantastic tour!! The guide / driver, Rebecca, is amazing. She was very friendly and flexible. When some people on the coach noticed a pretty area, she added an impromptu stop so we could get out and take more pictures. She wasn't at all in a rush like most tours she asked if anyone had dinner plans or a preferred time to return to Anchorage, and then gave us extra time to enjoy the scenery. It is a stunning drive, and the wildlife park doesn't disappoint. It's great to see the conservation efforts in action. The animals have plenty of room and a semblance of normal life. Make sure you try to catch the bear feeding. This tour with Rebecca was the highlight of my time in Anchorage.
I loved the wildlife tour. The driver was knowledgeable and friendly. The scenery was magnificent, and seeing the animals up close was a highlight of my trip to Alaska. I would definitely recommend Salmon Berry Tours. When there was a ticketing mix-up, I called their toll free number, and the operator was able to correct the problem.
excellent. we found all our expectancies. Anchorage a pretty city, clean, orgnizated and a very good attention for the visitors. fecitations. invited to return
Mary is a friendly, very knowledgeable and accommodating host. We enjoyed the drive and the wildlife tour.
The drive is amazing! Great scenery along the way. The Wildlife Reserve is ok, not really worth the 99. This really isn't a tour and the reserve is not very big. You can see the whole thing in an hour or less depending on how fast you want to get through it. The bears were out and about when we went which was very cool and I finally saw a moose there. Admission to the reserve is only 12.50 so you are really paying for the van to get you there and back. If you can, I would suggest renting a car, seeing the reserve, and then do some hiking lots of great trails nearby. The guide was great, very friendly and provided some interesting commentary along the ride.
My husband and I were in Alaska for 9 days and traveled by rail from Anchorage to Fairbanks. Your “Wilderness Tour” was our last activity prior to flying back to our home state. Unfortunately both my husband and I were extremely disappointed. All of your information and brochures that we had been given or sent featured a picture of a wolf in its natural habitat. Since we had not seen any wolves we were certainly looking forward to that but not only were there no wolves, there was no mention or reference to them on the premises. Although there were some photographs and signage at the areas where the animals were penned, there was no one to talk about them or to answer questions. Your driver, other that an occasional comment or remarks, spent the majority of the drive, coming and going, interacting and conversing with the couple sitting directly behind her rather than involving or sharing information with others on the bus. Upon arrival, she simply dropped us off at the gift shop and told us when to return for the drive back. I can’t speak for others, but we did not see her during our “do it yourself tour”.
We were fortunate enough to have other tours and excursions that were much more enjoyable and informative, but had to specifically been looking forward to this one to be a final memory of our wonderful time in Alaska.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to express my thoughts. Bev Bley
Really enjoyed this tour, scenery was beautiful and was great to see the animals, weather wasnt good alas, but our guide was very informative and interesting.