While Alaska is usually known for its bigger cities like Anchorage and Fairbanks, the small port city of Seward is also known as the playground of Alaska. Situated in the southern part of Alaska, it’s also the head of Resurrection Bay and surrounded by snow-dusted mountain peaks.
If you’re planning a date in Seward, you’ll be delighted to know that there are plenty of dates that you can enjoy with your significant other that costs under $50. From exploring the bustling downtown to world-class hiking trails, and immersing yourself in the gorgeous scenery, the options are endless. Here, we’ve curated a number of date ideas that will provide unforgettable experiences but won’t break the bank.
Enjoy a hike with your date
Nature and scenery is a big part of Seward, and you’ll be missing out if you don’t make full use of what mother nature has to offer. There are plenty of hikes available at Seward to suit different levels of fitness and experience.
To explore the vast wilderness with your date, head to the Marathon Bowl Trail – one of the most popular trails in Seward that starts just a short distance away from downtown. You’ll traverse through the lush forests, make your way up the trail, and be rewarded with a picturesque view of Resurrection Bay, the trail culminates in a spectacular view of the Kenai Mountains – one that you can relish in with your date.
If you’re both feeling a little more adventurous, there’s nothing quite like the Mount Marathon Race trail. It’s a gruelling racecourse that takes you through three different trails including a glacial valley before you make it to the top and be blown away by the view of Resurrection Bay.
Marvel at the beauty of Kenai Fjords National Park
You could easily spend a whole day at Kenai Fjords National Park, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery offered. Located at the edge of the Kenai Peninsula, you’ll be in awe of the 40 glaciers that reside in the park. All of these glaciers all stem from the Harding Icefield, which is a magnificent blanket of ice with a view that you’re sure to remember for many years to come. You’ll also get to spot a plethora of wildlife ranging from whales to bears. If you and your date are avid explorers, you can even decide to embark on the 8.2-mile Harding Icefield Trail.
At Kenai Fjords National Park, don’t forget to also head to the Exit Glacier visitors centre for complimentary ranger talks and guided tours. You can then walk through an easy trail that’ll take you to the glacier where you and your date can marvel in the beauty of nature.
Take a drive down the Scenic Seward Highway
While there are plenty of scenic drives across the United States, nothing can quite compare with the stunning vistas that you’d encounter on the Seward Highway. While the highway is about 127-miles long, you don’t have to drive down the entire highway and can choose to drive down parts of it while enjoying the incredible views and picturesque towns.
While you’re driving down the first bit of the Seward Highway, you’ll encounter the hilly mountains followed by the Turnagain Arm where you might spot beluga whales, waterfalls, and even eagles. The rest of the drive will take you through exceedingly beautiful mountains that offer dramatic views of Alaska. You can even drop by the town of Girdwood for a relaxing afternoon, or drive to the historic mining town of Hope.
Take a romantic stroll along a waterfront park
While the Alaska SeaLife Center is incredibly popular, it’s a little pricey. Instead of heading there, you can head to the waterfront park and have a leisurely stroll down the shoreline with your date. While waterfront park has a campground, it also has a promenade that’ll take you along the Seward waterfront and harbor for incredible views of Resurrection Bay. If you’re lucky, you may even spot some wildlife such as a sea otter, and even a sea lion or seal.
If it’s a gorgeous day out, you can even have a picnic in one of the spacious picnicking areas, take a look at the skate park, and enjoy a day out at the beach. The park’s trail also has some historical landmarks to explore such as the Old Railroad Depot, and the Founder’s monument.
Learn about local history together at the Seward Museum
If you fancy a day of learning about local history with your date, look no further than the Seward Museum. This small community-managed museum is ideal if you’re seeking refuge from poor weather, or looking to enrich your knowledge.
You’ll learn about the big earthquake that hit Seward in 1964, examine a collection of photographs, artifacts, archives, and keepsakes. While you’re at the museum, don’t’ forget to also head to the library to be dazzled by the huge collection of books, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, and more. As a bonus, the library also has a fantastic view of Resurrection Bay, so you can indulge in some books while soaking in the views.
Cost: $5 per person
Walk around the small boat harbor
Since there’s plenty to see around Seward by foot, it’s of no surprise that the next date idea is a walk around the small boat harbor. This harbor is home to over 100 charter fishing boats and dozens of tour boats. Have a bit fun with your date, and see who can find the most creative vessel with interestingly crafted names. You may also spot some sea otters frolicking around the ocean.
You and your date will be amazed by the full-service port that comprises of power utilities, repair yards, and a significant part of the commercial fishing fleet of the state. Some boats you may spot include long-liners, gill-netters, and purse-seiners. While on your walk, don’t forget to also take a look at the US Coast Guard Cutter Mustang that’s stationed in Seward, Alaska, and is one of the seven Island-class patrol boats that manages maritime safety.
Have a flight of beers at Seward Brewing Company
Even though its only open during the summer, the Seward Brewing Company is worth a visit with your date as it has a good selection of flagship beers along with some tasty grub to go along with it. There’s also a bit of history behind the Seward Brewing Company as it was originally opened as a bar in 1904 before becoming a theatre, an Elks Club, and subsequently the Seward Brewing Company in 2012. You’ll notice that the interior has a couple of relics that reflect the history, including the original theatre seats and even an Alaska Steamship Logo.
While you’re at the Seward Brewing Company, get a flight of beer with your date, and hang out at the Attic Pie that also serves wood-fired pizza in an upstairs, loft space, or relax at the pub with your beer.
Cost: $12 per person for a flight of beer
Take in the breathtaking views at Miller’s Landing
At Seward Alaska, there are plenty of breathtaking views for you to enjoy with your date. Don’t forget to head to Miller’s Landing – located between Kenai Fjords National Park, and Lowell Point, it’s a popular campground that is surrounded by views of Resurrection Bay that’s sure to take your breath away.
If you’re looking for a spot that has a bit of privacy, Miller’s Landing is great as it isn’t overpopulated or commercialized, so you can both take your time to enjoy the picturesque scenery of Alaska. Don’t forget to see if you can spot some of the wildlife such as a humpback or an orca, or even sea otters frolicking around the ocean.
With Seward Alaska being such a scenic and picturesque town, there’s plenty to do with your date even if you’re on a budget. If none of these date ideas piques your interest, there are plenty of other hiking trails, scenic routes, and outdoor activities to suit your preference. For more travel tips and ideas, check out Trip101.