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Fortress of the Bear

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Address: 4639 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, AK 99835
Phone Number: +1 907-747-3032
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Good opportunity to see bears up close

These are orphaned bears that are being raised in a protected environment, so the Fortress is not quite a zoo, but nevertheless restricted with not much vegetation. It rained the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Down Under
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

These are orphaned bears that are being raised in a protected environment, so the Fortress is not quite a zoo, but nevertheless restricted with not much vegetation. It rained the day I visited and the bear enclosure was very muddy. However, the bears were very entertaining!

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Beaumont, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This center was interesting and we did get a great view of the Bears up close, but not much else to see or do there.

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Munich, Germany
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We went to the fortress of the bear as part of an excursion during a 7 nights Alaska cruise. It was a nice experience. The people who run this place do care about the bears. The place itself is not in the nicest location, the bears like it. We all enjoyed it as we were able to learn about the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is a great facility run by people who really care about the bears. Well worth visiting and supporting. The $10 entrance fee is well spent as you get up close and personal with these beautiful animals. The staff are also helpful and friendly. A must do even if you are only in Sitka for a short time. Sitka Tours... More 

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Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

They rescue and rehabilitate orphan bear cubs, many of which are on display on their grounds. Not much here really, but a worth a stop particularly if you have kids

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Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

What these guys are doing here is so good for conservation and education. Was great to watch the black and brown bears playing, and entertaining us doing their daily thing. Great to be so close to the bears, in such nice big enclosures for them. Oh and when we were there, quiet a few eagles a well, Nice.

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Lincoln, NE
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

The Fortress of the Bear is a rescue organization for orphaned bear cubs. The organization cannot legally release the cubs back into the wild after caring for them, so this place is more like a zoo. The bears are well-cared for and appear happy in their large containment areas and you have a good vantage point from the walkways.

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New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Fabulous effort by these people to rescue what orphaned bears they can. You can get some good natural looking photos and learn a bit about bear behaviour. Such a pity they can't be released into the wild due to strange laws that prohibit that in the US.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This little centre works really hard to save bears which are injured or orphaned and only survives on donations. These people must be really dedicated. We were able to see the bears clearly, watch them feed, swim and sleep. The keeper got one to do a few things like waving which the crowd enjoyed. There is not there but it... More 

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Orlando
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

It was great to see the bears (brown and black when we were there) up close - you can really see their size and beauty. That being said, these are bears that can never go back to the wild, which is sad. On the other hand, each group played with each other while we were there and did seem happier... More 

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Address: Address: 4639 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, AK 99835
Phone Number: +1 907-747-3032
Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Sitka
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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