Alaska Raptor Center
Alaska Raptor Center
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Growing from a backyard, volunteer-run operation, the Alaska Raptor Center has become Alaska's foremost bald eagle hospital and educational center, as well as one of the state's premier visitor attractions.Each year, the Alaska Raptor Center provides medical treatment to 100-200 injured bald eagles and other birds. Our goal is to release our patients back into the wild; some, however, are injured so severely they could not survive in the wild even after rehabilitation. These birds may join our Raptors-in-Residence, providing excitement and education for more than 36,000 annual visitors and for the 15,000 schoolchildren we reach through the Adopt-A-Raptor program and Classroom Presentations around the country.The Alaska Raptor Center's 17-acre campus borders the Tongass National Forest, a temperate coastal rainforest, and the Indian River in Sitka, Alaska, and features award-winning natural habitats for our 19 Raptors-in-Residence.
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  • Leighly
    Houston, Texas233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Way to Learn About Alaska Raptors
    The Raptor Center is located off Indian River, a reasonable walk from downtown Sitka or a quick car ride. Admission is $15.00 which includes access to the training center, the raptors, and the educational experience/tour. An hour is a good amount to tour, and the mission of this center is absolutely fantastic. The stories around the individual birds are compelling to hear or read, and it's not just a learning experience but a well planned and executed rehabilitation center first and foremost. The admission fee and donations are going to a good cause.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 June 2023
  • lisab4142014
    Linthicum Heights, Maryland208 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Stop Worth it
    See an eagle up close…good stop. They brought in an eagle and gave some history. There was a room with recooperating birds but they were hard to photograph due to a screen on the window. It is worth giving your money to this center as they rehab and release eagles.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 June 2023
  • tammyBaltimore_Md
    Baltimore, Maryland3,819 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful huge bald eagles best place to see them below in trees near gift shop
    Beautiful huge bald eagles, owls, Falcon in cages and trees overlooking running creek. Admission $15 for adults, cheaper for kids. Little walk from park but easy if you have no problem walking over rugged ground Definitely worth a look if you love wildlife
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 July 2023
  • IndieBajan
    New York City, New York95 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Raptor = Wings
    It's places like this which makes the animal world come alive. I was fortunate to visit the Raptor Center in Sitka, Alaska during my Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas cruise from July 7th-July 14th. I'm adventurous so I opt to visit independently instead of booking a cruise excursion. On my way back from the Fortress of the Bear I stop here. It was $15 adults and $10 for children 12yrs and under. There was a 15/20 mins information session with a train zoologist showing off a rescue raptor. After the show we were free to explore the grounds filled with streams and trails. A few of the cages were empty but overall an informative and amazing experience. We took out time and walk back to Centennial Center which was only a 15 minutes walk.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 July 2023
  • TeeFromBC
    29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    En-raptor-ing!
    This was a great experience. Upon entering the facility, we were greeted by a beautiful glass sculpture depicting the mating dance of two bald eagles. The birds are majestic and the staff clearly love playing a part in their rehabilitation.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 August 2023
  • 2rollon
    California758 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place
    Took a tour to this place from the cruise ship. I live nature and animals. This center dose a excellent job show what their center is all about. Being able to see the wildlife up close is great.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Sandra B
    115 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    It was great to get to visit the Raptor Centre during our tour of Sitka (from the cruise ship). What an amazing job all the staff/volunteers do to rehabilitate the wildlife that they can. We got to see the Centre's ambassador Bald Eagle - Rain, who put on a great show for us - even if she wasn't hungry at the time! Would definitely recommend a vist here to learn more about Bald Eagles and the other wildlife they help to rehabilitate.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Troonie1
    Drouin South, Australia719 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Understanding raptors- great visit
    Well established and structured facility taking care of injured wild birds. Great educational talks and ability to see the raptors. Great philanthropic support makes this a well balanced education and tourist event
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 May 2024
  • Mary P
    Pensacola, Florida5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Up close with beautiful raptors
    Amazing work these folks are doing to rehabilitate raptors and get them back in the wild if at all possible. Great flying pen allowing eagles to get their “wings” back. Those that can’t be released are kept safe and well cared for.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 June 2024
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Mary P
Pensacola, FL5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Amazing work these folks are doing to rehabilitate raptors and get them back in the wild if at all possible. Great flying pen allowing eagles to get their “wings” back. Those that can’t be released are kept safe and well cared for.
Written 9 June 2024
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GaryBrazel
Brooklyn, NY1,156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
They do excellent work caring for and rehabilitating birds.
You are able to get close up views of the birds and the employees provide information about them and answer any questions.
Written 5 June 2024
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Scott S
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Most fascinating experience. To be up close to these majestic birds was incredible.
The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and more than willing to tell you about each bird under their care.
Excellent excursion from a cruise ship. Well worth it.
Written 23 May 2024
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Jackie g
Paeroa, New Zealand6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We took an excursion booked on the day in Sitka which included the Raptor Centre- well worth a visit. Such lovely birds there and the staff were really informative.
Written 21 May 2024
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ajsoflo
Phuket, Thailand149 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Don’t waste your money, nothing to see here. The experience was very poor, only a few birds and just not worth the $15 at all.
Written 11 May 2024
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We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit. While our center may not be like a large zoo, we work hard to care for our 25 permanent residents and the 200+ patients we rehabilitate each year. If you have any specific issues or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to us at any time.
Written 20 May 2024
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Troonie1
Drouin South, Australia719 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Well established and structured facility taking care of injured wild birds. Great educational talks and ability to see the raptors. Great philanthropic support makes this a well balanced education and tourist event
Written 9 May 2024
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Leanne
Wolverhampton, UK48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This was a great trip and I would recommend a visit. We were on part of a tour and were rushed to the next stop. I would have liked to have spent a good few hours here so would recommend that you check how long the stop is here if you are on a tour.
Written 28 March 2024
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Melissa
Culpeper, VA336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This was my son’s favorite stop during our Alaska cruise. I wish we had had more time to spend there. The staff were super nice, friendly, and knowledgeable. We loved getting to see the raptors up close. If we ever get back to Alaska, we will definitely be making a stop here!
Written 9 January 2024
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lisab4142014
Linthicum Heights, MD208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Great experience getting up close with bald Eagles! We went on a cruise and chose this as a stop. We were glad we did!
Written 8 December 2023
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David I
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We liked this so much that we went back the next day with a tour. It was instructional and a wonderful chance to see eagles up close. Keep up the good work!!
Written 17 November 2023
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