We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 4639 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, AK 99835
Phone Number: 907-747-3032
Website
Today
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Visit Fortress of the Bear like an insider
Top Rated
$689*
and up
Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing from Juneau

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 181 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 122
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Want to see bears in Alaska? Check it off the bucket list here!

The best way to see bears in Alaska! It cost $10 person but they let my friend in for free since he had no money. We actually hitchhiked there to save money too (it's very safe to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
TurboTraveler30
,
Austin, Texas
Add Photo Write a Review

181 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Austin, Texas
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The best way to see bears in Alaska! It cost $10 person but they let my friend in for free since he had no money. We actually hitchhiked there to save money too (it's very safe to hitchhike in Alaska). The location was very scenic. Beautiful mountains everywhere. While we were there, they fed the bears and eagles which was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kake, Alaska
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Sure this place is a guaranteed way to see bears, but one could do better at ANY zoo in America. It's just bears in big concrete pins and the atmosphere is horrible. I will add that these guys are helping orphaned bears find home at zoos across the world and there is that component that is commendable.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Montreal
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
17 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Batesville, Arkansas
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
47 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Casper, Wyoming
Contributor
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Anchorage, Alaska
Senior Reviewer
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Anchorage, Alaska
Senior Reviewer
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Diego, California
Senior Reviewer
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Brisbane, Australia
Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
90 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Been to Fortress of the Bear? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Fortress of the Bear and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Fortress of the Bear staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?