Holgate Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
Kenai Peninsula, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska 99664| Map |
Holgate Glacier is a remote but fascinating place to visit within Kenai Fjords National Park, and offers a unique vacation experience for families with a taste for rugged adventure. A two- to four-hour boat ride away from Seward, Holgate Glacier is used by campers and kayakers to explore the fjords, streams and forests of the Holgate, and see the glacier up-close. This is very wild country, so campers need to be thoroughly experienced and prepared for staying at the glacier. The park service does have a public use cabin, a sturdy but rustic wooden structure that is probably better for families than roughing it at the beach campsites. From the porch, visitors have a scenic view of the bay, along with humpback whales and even bears that appear from time to time. These are attracted by the berries that they – and humans – love to eat; berry-picking is one of the day activities popular with visitors. As obscure as Holgate Glacier sounds, it gets plenty of visitors, and outdoorsy types may want to add this place to their Kenai travel itinerary.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
Call the park service well in advance to see about using the public cabin. Be prepared for rugged conditions.
Address: Kenai Peninsula, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska 99664| Map