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Fortress of the Bear

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Address: 4639 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, AK 99835-9805
Phone Number: +1 907-747-3032
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Went to see bears they had 5 Brown 3 black bears go in morning more active also feed animals with fish and fruit

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Rick T
Neenah, Wisconsin, United States
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Neenah, Wisconsin, United States
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went to see bears they had 5 Brown 3 black bears go in morning more active also feed animals with fish and fruit

Thank Rick T
Columbus, Ohio
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We rented bikes and rode from downtown Sitka out to Fortress of the Bear. We happened to be there when they were bringing in fresh salmon to feed the bears. It was cool watching the bears up close catching the salmon they released into the water. One of the bears was using sign language for more - the girl informed... More 

Thank seza952016
New York City, New York
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can't get closer to bears, or do more to help people who rescue bears in Alaska. The setting is a little odd, but the bears are amazing

Thank dwlevine
Pollock Pines, California
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

They are very dedicated and have a nice home for some very lucky bears. We especially enjoyed seeing the brown bears in as close to a natural state as can be found in captivity.

Thank rOgeraf2014
Lynchburg, Virginia
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I went to Sitka to see scenery and bears. As it turned out, I saw the bears at the Fortress of the Bear. Housed in an old pulp mill, the bears have a lot more room to roam, unlike a zoo. The bears looked well taken care of. I enjoyed my time there.

Thank Roy E
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487 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A great and easy way to see both brown and black bears up close but in a safe way, with a shuttle service leaving from Westmark Hotel - $10 return and then had to pay a similar fee to get into the attraction. It was worth it, spent approximately an hour here, after a little while I felt sad about... More 

Thank Alice R
hartford, ct
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The people running this place are taking care of orphaned and injured bears that would otherwise have been euthanized by the state. Please visit.

Thank majik48
Baltimore, Maryland
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised at the sight of the bears. They looked so happy splashing around in their enclosure. These people are doing great work.

Thank ravenfootball
New York City, New York
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great place! The Bears were so fun and interesting to watch. One of my favorite stops on our trip.

Thank stacey s
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

These bears are in captivity and will remain so - they were orphaned and cannot be released or survive in the wild because they do not have the skills. While it is interesting for tender feet to see them, I personally do not like seeing them kept in captivity.

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