Alaska wildlife is a must-see adventure for nature enthusiasts. Its majestic landscapes are home to a remarkable array of animals, making it a dream destination for nature enthusiasts. From huge bears to graceful whales and everything in between, Alaska’s diverse ecosystems offer a chance to witness the incredible wonders of nature in Alaska. In this blog, we’ll cover some of the most fascinating animals you can see when you visit!
To add more ideas to your Alaska vacation itinerary, explore our Things to Do page. We’ve curated a list of activities that will keep your schedule full of exciting adventures the entire time you’re here!
Discover the Untamed Beauty of Alaska Wildlife
Alaska’s Majestic Animals
Welcome to the heart of Alaska, where an array of wildlife thrives. Brown bears, black bears, grizzlies, Kodiak bears, and polar bears roam freely in various areas of Alaska. Alaska’s Caribou, number over 900,000 in 32 herds and may be seen along some of Alaska’s roadways.
Moose are always fun to see especially when in May and June when their newborn calves are close by. Alaska’s Dall sheep and mountain goats are both agile and glimpses may be caught in Alaska’s mountainous terrain. Observing these amazing creatures in their natural world is an incredible experience.
Coastal Wonders of Alaska
Alaska’s coastal waters are a treasure trove of marine life. Whales, including humpback whales, orcas, and migratory whales, grace these waters, offering spectacular opportunities for whale watching. Alaska’s reputation for salmon is well-deserved, boasting several species like sockeye, coho, and king salmon, with annual runs that supply communities with an amazing renewable resource.
Birdwatchers will find paradise in Alaska with hundreds of species, from bald eagles to snowy owls, ravens to swans. It’s a true birdwatching paradise and Homer hosts an annual Shorebird Festival every year over Mother’s Day. The marine world in these waters hosts a rich variety of animals, from playful sea lions to seals and adorable sea otters. This coastal ecosystem is a world worth exploring.
Small but Significant
In the depths of Alaska’s marine waters, over 3,000 species of aquatic macroinvertebrates thrive. Shrimp, crab, and sponge species create a bustling underwater world.
Exciting Ways to Observe Alaska’s Wildlife
Alaska’s wildlife is incredible, and there are plenty of exciting ways to observe it. Join a guided bear-viewing tour for a close encounter with these majestic creatures. You can also go fishing for halibut and salmon with experienced captains. For a combined adventure, try a water taxi cruise, kayaking, and a glacier lake hike, where you might even spot eagles, whales, sea lions, otters, seals, and more.
If you prefer a relaxed experience, explore intertidal life with tours that unveil the hidden world beneath your feet. Additionally, indulge in guided tide-pooling just a block from Driftwood Inn. These diverse options ensure you’ll make lasting memories of Alaska’s incredible wildlife while discovering more things to do in the area.
Experience It All in Homer, AK
As you plan your adventure to see Alaska wildlife, consider making Homer, AK, your base. Our vacation rentals are close to many great things to do and attractions. Choose from a variety of options, including Modern Lodges, Old Town Cottages, Woodside Lodge Suites, Historic Inn Rooms, Tiny Houses, and RV Park.
Are you ready to embark on a journey through the untamed wilderness of Alaska? Check availability and book your stay with us today!