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Fortress of the Bear

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Address: 4639 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, AK 99835
Phone Number: 907-747-3032
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Fantastic-a must see!

Even if you only have a few hours to spare in Sitka, please make time for the Fortress of the Bear if you are a genuine animal lover, with a special soft spot for bears looking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 30, 2015
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Montreal
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Even if you only have a few hours to spare in Sitka, please make time for the Fortress of the Bear if you are a genuine animal lover, with a special soft spot for bears looking for the real deal you have come to an absolutely wonderful place. I am a bear lover. I have been to Katmai to see... More 

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Batesville, Arkansas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
41 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

This is a great place to see bears without a trip into the wild. If you get the opportunity, try to make it during feeding time. One of the younger grizzly bears clasps his paws together and does a little dance to try to alert the keeper that he is hungry. It really is hilarious! It is a bit pricey... More 

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Casper, Wyoming
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I fed a grizzly bear grapes! Great place to visit the owners were incredible people. Not your lower 48 zoo by a long shot. Straight up the coolest place I went in Sitka. If you like wildlife photography plan some time. Again I fed a bear.

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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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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133 reviews 133 reviews
90 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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