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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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Great place to pass time

We love to watch the bears when we have a moment to spare. We have an annual family membership. Time seems to fly when spent here! These bears are among the most active animals... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Sitka, Alaska
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Sitka, Alaska
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48 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love to watch the bears when we have a moment to spare. We have an annual family membership. Time seems to fly when spent here! These bears are among the most active animals I have ever seen in captivity. This is because there are no standard feeding times. The people who take care of them keep their lives interesting... More 

Thank DianaPrinceww
Glendora, California
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160 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friends and I spent a couple of hours here while we were in Sitka. I love what this place stands for, not allowing bears to be euthanized. It is neat to see these beautiful animals play with one another.

Thank Grey M
New York City, New York
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66 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I feel like they can do a lot more with the facility. Felt kind of run down. Bears seemed like they were being cared for. Not a lot to see.

Thank DHyer84
Detroit, Michigan
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99 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were in port from our cruise and it was pouring rain. The only day with bad weather on the whole cruise. So we decided to do a tour that stopped here. It is best to view the bears by going up the stairs to view from the platform. That is where a guide will tell you about the bears.... More 

Thank Laura T
Pueblo, Colorado
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We spent several hours at the Fortress of the Bear. Our first impression was less than thrilled but as we heard their mission and saw the Bears roaming and playing we really warmed to the entire experience. If you want to see both black and brown bears up close then this is the place to go. Spectacular!

Thank Bill B
Sitka, Alaska
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

The Fortress does a great service to SE Alaska, keeping these bear cubs from being euthanized. Hopefully you'll never get this close to a bear in the wild! Don't expect a tourist attraction. This is a working habitat. Also not walkable from town.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

I would have liked a bit more information , about bears , where they came from etc. they are doing wonderful work .

Thank Junrolo
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

I took one of the last cruises to Alaska on Holland America in September. Sitka was one of the stops. Being adventurous and cheap, I did not purchase the excursion with the cruise line. I just basically bought the shuttle ticket for $10 to take a ride to the Fortress of the Bear then paid another $10 for the ticket... More 

Thank Holly N
Bossier City, Louisiana
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We visited the Fortress of the Bear in July 2015. It was a wonderful facility. They had three different bear environments, with about a dozen bears - grizzlies and black bears. We really enjoyed watching three young black bears playing - they were completely unaware of the visitors watching - they were just like oversized puppies playing. We also enjoyed... More 

Thank Janice K
Tampa, Florida
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

You are able to see the brown and black bears in a natural setting as close as you'd probably want to be! They are playing, swimming, and if you time it right you can see them feeding. Chris, one of the caretakers, is friendly and knowledgeable providing information and background on the bears.

Thank Michelle L

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