2. See Wildlife in Its Habitat
Keep your binoculars ready and watch for Alaska wildlife. This unspoiled marine ecosystem serves as a rich habitat and feeding ground for all sorts of creatures—as big and majestic as a humpback whale, as small as krill.
There are more than 200 species of birds in Glacier Bay National Park. Look for majestic bald eagles soaring high or the speedy peregrine falcon, perched ready to swoop. You can spot black-legged kittiwakes, tufted puffins, rare murrelets, and one of North America’s smallest birds—the ruby-crowned kinglet.
Scan the waters for marine wildlife and the rugged coastline for terrestrial animals. Harbor seals, humpback whales, moose and Alaskan brown bears are a few of the favorites. Did you know Glacier Bay also has salmon shark and little brown bats?
Park Rangers will help you identify the wildlife.
3. Learn About the Huna Tlingit
Glacier Bay was the treasured homeland of the Huna Tlingit until an advancing glacier destroyed their villages. Huna Tlingit place names capture their history in this ever-changing biosphere. For example, S’é Shuyee means “edge of the glacial silt.”
As you cruise Glacier Bay, attend a cultural program on board to gain a deeper understanding of the people who were here long before European explorers.
4. Get Your Passport Stamped
Unlike most of the other national parks, Glacier Bay is only accessible by air or water. But don’t worry—you can still get your Glacier Bay National Park passport stamp. The Park Rangers set up a mobile visitor’s center and can stamp your booklet. Kids get to experience a JR Ranger program at Club HAL®.
Read more about other National Parks in Alaska.