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Alaska Raptor Center

1000 Raptor Way, P.O. Box 2984, Sitka, AK 99835
800-643-9425
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Ranked #1 of 16 Attractions in Sitka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Growing from a backyard, volunteer-run operation, the Alaska Raptor Center has become Alaska's foremost bald eagle hospital and educational center, as... more » Owner description: Growing from a backyard, volunteer-run operation, the Alaska Raptor Center has become Alaska's foremost bald eagle hospital and educational center, as well as one of the state's premier visitor attractions.Each year, the Alaska Raptor Center provides medical treatment to 100-200 injured bald eagles and other birds. Our goal is to release our patients back into the wild; some, however, are injured so severely they could not survive in the wild even after rehabilitation. These birds may join our Raptors-in-Residence, providing excitement and education for more than 36,000 annual visitors and for the 15,000 schoolchildren we reach through the Adopt-A-Raptor program and Classroom Presentations around the country.The Alaska Raptor Center's 17-acre campus borders the Tongass National Forest, a temperate coastal rainforest, and the Indian River in Sitka, Alaska, and features award-winning natural habitats for our 19 Raptors-in-Residence. « less
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Seattle, Washington
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Great little visit. Birds are awesome and the tour guide was very knowledgable and friendly. We learned a lot about raptors!

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Missoula, Montana
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

I know this gets rave reviews, but I found it depressing. It is edifying that they are rehabbing some birds to turn loose, but seeing the others in cages, some tethered to branches with umbrellas over their heads does not meet my criteria for a quality experience.

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Sitka, Alaska, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

An active research and rehabilitation center for raptors from all over North America, not just Alaska. Some indoor exhibits and some outdoors, birds of prey in various stages of rehabilitation. Some of them are permanent residents due to the severity of their injuries, but the gola is to release the ones that an be released

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Austin, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Loved this place! These folks do an incredible job of taking care of raptors. Loved seeing the Bald Eagles, Owls, Hawks, etc. up close and personal! Beautiful creatures!! It would be heaven to work here and be with these raptors every day! :) Great staff -- loved the gift shop -- loved the flight training center. Highly recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

This is a great place to visit while you're in Sitka. The birds are very well taken care of and are in as natural a setting as possible! The people working there seem to truly care about them. Wonderful experience!!

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San Diego
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64 reviews 64 reviews
24 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I visited about 10 years ago and was very pleased that it was even better. They now have a large indoor flight area and many more outdoor cages.

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New York City, New York
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25 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

It's a short walk through Totem Pole Park. It's great to be able to see these birds up close, have a learning experience and support good work. The most amazing part was seeing the bald eagle so close up as it was resting on the speaker's arm. Wow. Also loved seeing the other raptors, especially all the owls. We were... More

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Franklin, Virginia
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12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I cannot speak highly enough of the Raptor Center or its work. My first visit (we were in town as part of an Alaskan cruise) was so impressive that I wrote them a check before I left to support their work. They provide education to visitors and medical treatment and rehabilitation for as many as 200 raptors throughout the year.... More

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NJ
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7 reviews 7 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

birds birds..birds birds birds eagles raptors talk by the raptor employee outdoor viewing area great good gift shop

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Jacksonville, Florida
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Enjoyed the visit and felt good about supporting an organization that is helping injured raptors return to the wild. The educational program and displays were interesting and enjoyed seeing the birds that are outside the center. Saw this the first day i was in Alaska and it was fun to understand the raptors i was seeing in the wild.

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