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Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary

154th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99587
907-345-5014
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Ranked #17 of 102 attractions in Anchorage
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching
Description: Popular locale for viewing waterfowl and salmon.
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Phoenix, Arizona
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117 reviews 117 reviews
39 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Make sure to spend at least a 1/2 hour on your way to Seward. It's free and there is a well maintained boardwalk for viewing. It's very peaceful and just lovely. It's right outside Anchorage as well if you're not heading down to Seward.

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Johnson City TN
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

You'll need a rental car to make this short trip from Anchorage. Once there, you will walk on a very nice boardwalk over marsh and streams. The boardwalk is nicely done with placards explaining the local environment. Depending on your luck you will see a lot of wildlife. Very worth 3-4 hours. Great photography.

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Wellington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

NIce area with good faciilities. Enjoyed boardwalk but were disappointed we saw so few birds. Nice combined with trip to Cook Inlet.

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Roswell, Georgia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I really like the boardwalk that allows you to see various habitat. However, it is located very close to Highway 1 which can take away from the serenity of the sanctuary. Worth checking out, though.

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San Diego
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16 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Had fun looking for the different birds and finding small fish in the water. Makes for a nice easy walk with beautiful scenery. The entrance is on the inner side of the road so it's easiest to access when traveling towards Anchorage from the south.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Potter Marsh is my favorite spot to visit in town. I go numerous times a year to enjoy the wildlife and scenery. Most people that aren't local don't know there is a pair of mating eagles who nest there. They can be seen from the farthest eastern point on the boardwalk. If they are around you will hear them before... More

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Massachusetts
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20 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Potter Marsh was our first stop on our recent trip to Anchorage. The raised boardwalk has a lot of informative signs and the views are beautiful. Did not see a lot of birds but the walk was nice. Hard to believe something so peaceful exists by the side of a busy highway.

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Boulder, CO
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Go to the very end of this lovely boardwalk to see the eagle nest and both BALD EAGLES bring food to their chicks! Nice telescopes for viewing, beautiful views. Interesting history of the area.

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Sacramento, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This stop was amazing. The elevated boardwalk pathways went every which way. Birds were everywhere. I saw several schools of sal,on swimming upstream. So many, so big.

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chicago
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169 reviews 169 reviews
27 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

A great stop along the Alaska Highway. Beautiful views of Turnagain Arm and the mountains. A variety of birds frequent the marsh. The boardwalk is a great walk for people of all ages.

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