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Brooks Falls

Address: Katmai National Park and Preserve, AK
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$625*
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96%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Area on the Brooks River where a large number of brown bears spend...
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Type: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Area on the Brooks River where a large number of brown bears spend their summer due to salmon migration.
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Key West, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

When the Sockeye Salmon are jumping up the falls, the bears are all over. The lookout tour is a great place to get some killer pictures!

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Vancouver, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We did a day trip here from Anchorage via Katmailand. It was a lot of travel (and money!) for only ~5 or so hours of bear viewing but I still have to say it was worth it. We went mid July and it had started to quiet down in terms of how many bears but we saw lots of the... More 

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Spokane, Washington
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Visited katmai np / brooks falls through brooks resort day trip from anchorage. It consists of taking a pen air flight to king salmon, and then a float plane to the park. The float plane was small and cramped, but it is only a one hour flight. I went in early July, not during the peak of the salmon run,... More 

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Alaska
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

You may see the amount of bears others have reported, you may see only half that. Honestly you need to go regardless. I went in July when in previous years it was prime time to view bears. When we arrived, we learned the salmon had peaked a week earlier. Although some of the photographers were a bit disappointed, I thoroughly... More 

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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Yes it's expensive to go but there is simply no other place like this anywhere. Save up and go, you won't regret it. We came in Sept. and there was only 1 bear at the falls, several more down by the lake. It was a simply stunning and perfect day.

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Tipp City, Ohio
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153 reviews 153 reviews
77 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Actually we were there in mid July and the salmon were running--and there were SO MANY BEARS everywhere catching and eating salmon. The "date of visit pull down" on this site only goes back to October 2013...so that's what it says up above. I never saw anything like this national park, and probably never will again. As soon as our... More 

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Gotland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Save and easy bear watching from platform. Short walk from lodge through the woods. Dont forget to call out"hello bear". ;)

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Columbus, Ohio
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21 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I can't even explain the majesty of Brooks Falls. Watching sockeye swim upstream to spawn, bears fishing, bears fighting, bear fights! This is one of the best adventures I have ever done. My husband and I did a day trip on Katmailand air and think it was worth every penny!!

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Cairns, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Recently visited Brooks Falls to see the bears fishing at the falls. Unfortunately the salmon arrived early this season and we only caught the tail end of the bears. Still we had a marvelous time,we saw several bears one with her cub and a couple of youngsters frolicking around. The scenery is magnificent and the trip out to Brooks Lodge... More 

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Belgium
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I went on this bearviewing trip with my 18 y old son. We had the time of our life. We flew in with Bald Mountain Air from Homer, a 1,5 hour flight by floatplane. You have great views of Katchemak Bay, Mt Augustine and other volcanoes, the mountains and glaciers of Katmai NP. We were packed with lunch, water, binoculars,... More 

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