This is your opportunity to get within 25 feet of Alaska's distinctive brown bear in a naturalized setting. Our three-quarter acre habitat is located about 5 miles from the town center, set against the Tongass National Forest. Enjoy 3 populations of bears and observe their unique personalities from a large covered viewing platform. Meet experienced naturalists as they share their love and knowledge of this often feared, yet most revered creature of the forest. Learn the challenges we face as we work to rescue these incredible giants.
In order to discourage the bears from getting into a routine, there is no set feeding time. However, the bears love to have visitors and interact with the keepers. Tours last approximately 30 minutes, followed by time to view on your own and visit the gift shop. A beverage area and restrooms are also available.
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We welcome visitors year round, weather permitting.
May 1 - Sep. 30:
9am - 5pm daily
Last Admission: 4:30pm
October and April:
10am - 4pm weekends*
Last Admission: 3:30pm
*In the winter months (usually November to March), the bears hibernate, so we are closed to the public completely for the season. We advise that you call ahead to check with staff whether or not a visit will be possible. When the bears are asleep, there is very little to see! Our bear dens do not have public viewing access.
If you would like to view the bears during the week in the winter, please call for an appointment:
Children (7-18) $5.00
Children under 7 free.
(unlimited visits for 4 people
May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2015)
Shuttle $10.00 r/t
City Bus (runs weekdays)
$2.00 each way drop-off 200 yards from gate.
Local tour companies often run a shuttle service on days that cruise ships are docked in town.
Shuttles generally run hourly, but a minimum of 10 passengers is required.
Check with the following companies on the day of your visit for more information:
Alternative Tours and Transportation
Sitka Wildlife Tours
Specialized Tours of Sitka
(907) 623- 7716
Baranof Island Taxi (907) 738-4722
Cummins Taxi & Tours
Yellow Jersey Cycles