One of the most overlooked aspects of a mid-summer fishing expedition to Alaska’s Big Salmon Lodge on Middle Island is the fact that all visiting anglers are only a 15-minute boat ride from nearby Sitka Alaska. For a city of under 9,000 people, this beautiful community is home to a brewery, art galleries, fine dining, an aquarium, multiple tour guides, animal rescue centers, and an abundance of history. Whether you’re hoping to explore historic downtown or expecting some downtime before your return flight home, you’ll want to seek out these top-rated things to do in Sitka Alaska!
The 7 Best Things to Do in Sitka Alaska
We’re one of the only Sitka Alaska fishing lodges in the region and the only one on Middle Island, and yet, despite our wilderness seclusion, we’re just a short boat ride from downtown Sitka and Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport. To ensure that your stay at our world-class fishing lodge is nothing short of flawless, we’ve compiled seven of our favorite things to do in Sitka Alaska, based on personal experience and guest reviews!
- Animal rescue center: Fortress of the Bear – If you’re planning on witnessing live bears in a safe environment, then rent a car or take a taxi to Fortress of the Bear, a haven for orphaned brown and black bears.
- Aquarium: Sitka Sound Science Center – The Science Center’s Aquarium is perfect anglers young and old who wish to observe a wide variety of colorful, rare Pacific Ocean fish species.
- Brewery: Baranof Island Brewing Company – Yes, craft beer is a growing industry even in The Last Frontier. Baranof Island’s “Medvejie Stout” is perfect on a crisp afternoon.
- Coffee: Highliner Coffee Co. – Don’t leave town without purchasing a one-pound bag of Highliner’s French roast coffee beans.
- Fine dining: Ludvig’s Bistro – One of the most popular things to do in Sitka Alaska while waiting for a flight is dining at a local restaurant, which should come as no surprise. From the fried Alaskan rockfish to the alluring, rustic atmosphere, Ludvig’s always wows visiting anglers.
- Park: Sitka National Historical Park – The best way to soak up the Native American and Russian culture is with a stop at the Sitka National Historical Park, home to over a dozen jaw-dropping totem poles.
- Tour: Sitka Tours – If you have time to embark on a tour while in town, we highly recommend enrolling in the 2.5-hour Walk Sitka excursion.
Sitka Alaska Fishing Lodges
Alaska’s Big Salmon Lodge provides free boat rides to and from Sitka Alaska, so you’ll always have the option to explore this historic, mountainside city. There are several taxis as well as Avis Car Rentals at the airport. While Alaska Airlines does provide daily flights to-and-from the lower 48 states, you may have some downtime in Sitka Alaska, which is where this helpful guide will come in handy. To learn more about a potential once-in-a-lifetime fishing expedition to Middle Island, please give us a call today at 1-907-290-7030. We also have a wealth of knowledge about several other popular things to in Sitka Alaska – think of us your knowledgable concierges!