Fodor's Expert Review Alaska Raptor Center

Sitka Zoo/Aquarium

Above Indian Creek, a 20-minute walk from downtown, Alaska's only full-service avian hospital rehabilitates from 100 to 200 birds each year. Well-versed guides provide an introduction to the center (there's also a short video), and guests can visit with one of these majestic birds. The primary attraction is an enclosed 20,000-square-foot flight-training center, built to replicate the rain forest, where injured eagles relearn survival skills, including flying and catching salmon. Visitors watch through one-way glass windows. A large deck out back faces an open-air enclosure for eagles and other raptors whose injuries prevent them from returning to the wild. Additional mews with hawks, owls, and other birds lie along a rain-forest path. The gift shop sells all sorts of eagle paraphernalia, the proceeds from which fund the center's programs.

Zoo/Aquarium Family Silversea Cruise

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1000 Raptor Way
Sitka, Alaska  99835, USA

907-747–8662

www.alaskaraptor.org

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Rate Includes: $13, No tours Oct.-Apr.

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