Things to Do

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Activities in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve are as diverse as the park and preserve itself. Whether you have a few hours or a lifetime, whether your idea of adventure is a leisurely shoreline walk, a kayak tour, or a bivouac in a snow cave, there is plenty to do here!

Join a Ranger and Discover Your Park!

Explore Bartlett Cove
Bartlett Cove is the only developed area in Glacier Bay National Park. Glacier Bay Lodge, the Park Visitor Center, Visitor Information Station, exhibits, Park Headquarters, several trails, a public dock, kayak rentals, and walk-in campground provide a variety of services surrounded by the Alaskan wilderness. Park Rangers provide regular guided activities, and also board cruise ships and tour vessels to present information about Glacier Bay and answer questions. Learn more about what to do in and near Gustavus, and Bartlett Cove.

passengers on bow of boat

Cruising Glacier Bay
As its name implies, Glacier Bay National Park is largely water. Whether on a cruise ship with thousands of other passengers or in a single kayak, most visitors experience Glacier Bay from a boat. Learn more about cruise ships, tour vessels, charter boats, and bringing your own boat to Glacier Bay.


Wilderness Adventures
Glacier Bay is above all a wilderness park and saves its greatest rewards for those who are willing to sweat a bit and sleep on the ground. Learn more about camping, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, rafting, and mountaineering.

Alsek River rafting

Glacier Bay National Preserve
Glacier Bay National Preserve, northwest of the park, is managed differently than the park. Hunting, trapping, and commercial fishing are allowed here. Learn more about Dry Bay, the Alsek River, the gateway community of Yakutat, and hunting, fishing, and rafting, and mountaineering in the preserve.


Other Activities

Flightseeing from nearby communities gives an amazing aerial perspective (weather permitting).

Birdwatching is a popular activity given the 274 species sighted in the park.

Sport fishing opportunities abound for both fresh and saltwater fish.

See also:

Maps, Directions, Operating Hours, Permits

Area Visitor Services is a listing of businesses that provide lodging, transportation, tours, and other useful visitor services.

Be familiar with the rules that protect the park and its visitors.

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