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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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A fun visit and your supporting a good cause

These bears are adorable and are rescued orphans who would have been killed if this place didn't exist. No exactly a natural setting, but the bears seem to be happy.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
San Francisco
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San Francisco
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

These bears are adorable and are rescued orphans who would have been killed if this place didn't exist. No exactly a natural setting, but the bears seem to be happy.

Thank VTMSanFrancisco
Lynnwood, Washington
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful side trip to see these amazing creatures! Would visit again in a heartbeat- remember to bring your best camera for some amusing shots!

Thank Josie O
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff at FOTB were knowledgeable, and we appreciate their patience and effort in teaching visitors about the amazing animals they are caring for. The bears are amazing and details are seen up close of the bears. I highly recommend all visitors of Sitka to make a trip to the Fortress to see these wonderful creatures.

Thank anniebanannie66
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

If you are in Sitka, you must go to the Fortress of the Bear. The tour companies in town will provide a ride. See the beautiful, intelligent, and playful brown bears and black bears up close and learn all about them from the incredibly passionate staff. The care of these orphaned bears is a community effort. Food waste and other... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Claire and her husband were incredibly informative and were so passionate about the bears, who were a hoot to see, with the three black cubs playing "king of the tree stump" and the browns doing all sorts of cool stuff (like the one who sat with his butt on a tree stump, feet on the ground, just like a human,... More 

Thank DJTrav
Sitka, Alaska
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59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

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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161 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

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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69 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

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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102 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

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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78 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

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

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