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Fortress of the Bear

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4639 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, AK 99835-9805
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Reviewed November 7, 2018

Went to see the Bears while on a cruise to Alaska. If you are in Sitka this place is a must see. The Bears are in as natural a place possible for them to live. The alternative would have been for them to have been...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 25, 2018

Sitka was one of our stops during our recent Alakan cruise on Oceania's Regatta. As part of one of the excursions we visited the Fortress of the Bear. It is sad to see the Bears in captivity, but knowing they were rescued is a good...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 6, 2018

Rescued animals with little chance of being released make for a sad show. Unlike the raptor center, there's not much chance to engage with individual animals.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 1, 2018

it was a lot of fun, you get very close to the bears, i would suggest going early group it got very crowded near the end of our tour

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

We live in Sitka so we have the opportunity to visit the bears a couple times a month. My little ones love it. The staff is very knowledgeable and always friendly.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

Almost a dozen bears in a rustic appearance but very effective habitat. Got to see bears feeding and learn from the staff about bears and the challenges that surround them in Alaska.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 16, 2018

Got to see several Bears that have been rescued kept in a fairly large area with a big pond. An announcer gives a talk about the place and describes each bear and their habits. They were swimming, playing, eating, napping. Was very interesting. The place...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Marshall K
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

Nice donation, and might be a highlight for Sitka with limited things to do. Quick visit though since it is rather small. The staff is very educated and I enjoyed learning so this is while I was there. If you have 20 minutes, I would...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

Very nice educational experience about Alaska’s largest bear, and a worthy cause to support. They are fortunate to have such a large area for the bears to live, swim and wander. Feeding time is particularly interesting as the bears have learned to respond to human...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 15, 2018

Fortress of the Bear has saved several bears from being killed and for that I give them a lot of credit. I think they have done their best to build a habitat for their bears but we did feel a little sorry for them having...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Patsy G
May 4, 2018|
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Response from kdeaver | Reviewed this property |
We signed up at the dock for a combo Fortress of the Bears and Eagle Sanctuary bus tour. It was approximately $30 per person. It was a far better deal than any preorder trip on the ship! The guide told us all about the area... More
James H
March 14, 2018|
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Response from leewI2778AB | Reviewed this property |
We took the bus in mid-Sep on a Frriday, which went to Fortress of the Bear and a bird place on the same trip.
June 19, 2017|
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Response from Kbwhat | Reviewed this property |
There is a ramp as well as stairs.