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Fortress of the Bear

4639 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, AK 99835
907-747-3032
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$689*
and up
Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing from Juneau
89%
Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Sitka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Farms, Zoos & Aquariums
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Type: Farms, Zoos & Aquariums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

May daughter and I took a cruise on Holland America this past September and went on excursions at every port. I will put this in the top three of ANY excursion I have been on and I have traveled fairly extensively. This venue may not please some who are looking for a more Hollywood-like version of animal watching. There are... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

If you're in Sitka, you really do have to stop at the Fortress of the Bear! I have never seen another bear habitat like it. The work that the people there are doing is amazing, and they are clearly very passionate about it. There is a very small admission fee that goes directly to support the program, and it will... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The bears are treated well and respected by the compassionate and knowledgeable staff. This is a must see attraction.

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San Diego, California
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

My husband and I visited Fortress of the Bear when we were in Sitka, Alaska. The reviews I had seen were mixed, but I highly recommend visiting this place. They rescue bears that would otherwise be shot by the government. This is not a razzle dazzle tourist show like Sea World or big zoos, but is is a place that... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

While I don't like seeing animals kept in captivity, the alternative for these cubs was a death sentence after their mothers were killed. To have this privately funded facility take care of the orphans for life and educate visitors along the way is a better alternative I believe. It was a chance to observe and learn about these beautiful creatures... More 

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The Hill Country, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Probably some of the happiest bears in the world. Everyone in the family will enjoy this. Try to get there at feeding time. Not like the average zoo, this place really knows how to keep their animals happy. A real treat. don't miss it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

They took some abandoned mill facilities and thru sweat equity turned (recycled) them into a habitant for wayward bears. This is a great place to get close enough to view several different bears. The guides are knowledgable and answered all questions.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Well worth a visit even though it has kind of a zoo feel. The bears are entertaining to watch and you can learn a great deal. Good photo opportunity. Recommended.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We went on a rainy August morning. The only people there for an hour or two, we watched the bears and listened as the young couple told us the story of Fortress of the Bear, talked about the individual bears, and described bear behaviors. We were fortunate to be present for a feeding. This is an orphanage for cubs who... More 

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Murrieta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The Fortress has 3 very large enclosed areas that house bears in their natural environment. They roam freely, play in the water, and climb logs. These bears were rescued when their mother died. You can get an up close (safe) view of all of them. We sure enjoyed watching them!

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