Things To Do In Ketchikan | Ketchikan Tours & Ketchikan Attractions

Welcome to Ketchikan, also known as the “First City” or the “Gateway City.” That’s because Ketchikan is usually the first port-of-call when traveling north from the “Lower 48.” There are lots of things to do in Ketchikan.

Originally, Ketchikan was a timber town with sawmills and pulp mills dotting the shoreline. Those days are gone. Today, Ketchikan is a regional hub for marine construction,  transportation, medical care, shopping and services. Residents of Prince of Wales Island, Annette Island and communities as far north as Wrangell come to Ketchikan to do business. There are two drydocks and an airport, where travelers must take a short ferry ride to the “town side” after collecting their bags. 

In the summertime, Ketchikan booms as a popular tourist destination. Many visitors see Ketchikan when their cruise ship stops in port. From the  port, which is right downtown, visitors fan our to tour Misty Fjords National Monument, to ride a zipline through the rainforest or go kayaking in the calm waters of Ward Cove.

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Misty Fjords Flightseeing - Taquan Air

Depart Ketchikan’s waterfront in an Alaskan floatplane. View 3,000 foot granite walls plunging into the fjords. See wildlife, waterfalls and alpine lakes. Enjoy a water landing on a remote fjord or lake. Your pilot provides a personal narration of this national treasure!

Sea Kayaking - Southeast Sea Kayaks

Leave from Southeast Sea Kayaks' waterfront location and go island hopping by kayak and look for wildlife in the protected waterways around Pennock, Snow and Gravina Islands. Shoreline paddling, floating beneath huge trees over the shore, rainforest reaching down to the water's edge--you have arrived. You may see pods of Humpbacks and Orcas or Stellar Sea Lions and Ketchikan's historic waterfront.

Ketchikan Things To Do - Ziplining

Ziplining Adventure - Alaska Canopy Adventures

The ultimate experience–dual-cable tree-top ziplines, giant skybridge, rappelling, and ascent to the launch location by all-terrain vehicle. This thrilling adventure affords an eagle-eye view of the Tongass National Forest. Trained guides and top-rated safety equipment.

Nature, City and Totem Tour - Local Alaskan Tours

Enjoy a combination Ketchikan City Tour/Totem Tour from a local Ketchikan guide. Learn local stories and history of the Native Alaska Village. See the Clan House, the Carving Center and authentic Native Alaska crafts and artwork. Also, see the Russian Museum and Historic Creek Street.

Rainforest Canoe Adventure - Alaska Travel Adventures

Start your adventure with a tour to a secluded mountain lake, where you’ll board your 37-foot canoe. Scan the shore for wildlife as you paddle across the lake. Stop on shore for a hearty snack of smoked salmon, clam chowder and other goodies. Take a guided walk through the rain forest and learn about the unique plant species.

Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary 

Ketchikan Things To Do - Canoe

This 40-acre preserve is in a temperate rainforest bordering the Tongass National Forest (Near Ketchikan). Walk along a salmon spawning stream and watch for bears in season. Bald eagles, ravens and great blue herons are commonly sighted. Feed Alaskan reindeer, visit a historic sawmill, and watch a Native master totem-pole carver at work.

Ward Cove Wildlife Tour - Alaska Sea Cycle

Visit a wildlife estuary. Watch for seals, eagles, salmon and bears. Travel by unique "sea cycles" around Ward Cove and the Tongass Narrows. Learn how Alaskans utilize the land and sea in authentic traditional ways. Our journey ends back at the float house with our guests savoring an Alaska style picnic before returning to town. Your tour also includes a drive/tour of Totem Bight.

Adventure Kart Expedition - Adventure Karts

Ketchikan Things To Do - Rainforest SanctuaryLeave your driving inhibitions behind on this ATV challenge over miles of Alaska mountain wilderness roads. Unsurpassed views. Experience the exhilaration of driving a TomCar. Valid driver's license required. Participants must be at least 50 inches tall and weigh between 40 and 300 pounds. Karts accommodate two guests.


Interisland Ferry Service - Between Ketchikan and Hollis

Explore Prince of Wales Island via the Interisland Ferry Authority’s ship, the “Prince of Wales”. See wildlife, scenery, sport fishing and local cultures! Convenient departures each day from the Ketchikan Ferry Dock. 


Things To Do In Ketchikan


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Historic Ward Cove Wildlife Tour


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Rain Forest Canoe Adventure & Nature Trail


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Ketchikan Kayak Adventure


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Classic Misty Fjords Floatplane Adventure


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