The Great Alaska Family Adventure
Kids 15 and under 50% off
The Family Adventure Safari is a groundbreaking family experience that has been truly embraced by our Guests. Start with a day fishing the world famous Kenai or Kasilof rivers with our world class guides, then add wilderness hiking, Bald Eagle scenic Floating, Kenai Fjords Glacier Cruising, and unique "End of the Road" touring in Homer, Alaska. Each night you'll overlook the most famous stretch of salmon fishing water on the world famous Kenai River and the kayaks are yours to paddle.
This trip features our Renowned riverside main lodge on the World Famous Kenai River. All trips are double occupancy, with single rooms sometimes available for an additional fee. Evening activities include Moose River Kayaking or Paddle boarding, "by the fire" salmon fly fishing and sometimes, some campfire salmon with s'mores.
This experience features stays at our world famous BearCamp and renowned riverside main lodge. BearCamp is a "glamping" style basecamp with twin and queen beds and linens, gas heat and light, "en Suite" potties in the tents and composting toilets and showers in shared bathrooms. Main lodge features river and mountain view rooms complete with individual decks
Kenai River Salmon Fishing
Your Alaska Family Vacation will begin with a pick up at your hotel (3 designated pickup spots) in Anchorage at 7:30 am for the scenic and comfortable trip to Great Alaska Adventure Lodge. After a thorough orientation, you’ll enjoy lunch and meet your guide and head out for the fish. Depending upon the season you'll powerboat or drift boat the Kenai or Kasilof river. All trips are based upon species availability- ask your adventure expert for the species available during the time frame you are booking. Return to lodge for happy hour and dinner. (Check out our "Ultimate Family Adventure" itinerary with BearCamp here)
"End of the Road" Tour
Today, we'll tour Homer, Alaska. We'll visit a Russian orthodox church, see active volcanoes, mountain vistas and spot Moose with their spring young. Your first view of Homer and Kachemak Bay is truly unforgettable and we'll spend a fun filled day exploring the art and rustic uniqueness of a bush community at “Land’s End”. We'll walk "the Spit", stroll the bay side Boardwalk and visit the world -famous Salty Dog Saloon. For Natural history buffs, a stop at the amazing "Islands and Oceans" exhibit is a must. Every tour is different, and you'll be back to the lodge in time for family friendly happy hour, dinner and overnight.
Kenai Fjords Glacier & Wildlife Cruising
Today we'll cruise the incomparable Kenai Fjords National Park! On the way to Seward we'll stretch our legs by walking to the face of a retreating Glacier close enough to almost touch. Then it's on to Seward to spend the rest of this day cruising and seeking calving Glaciers, Humpback whales and Orca, charming Sea Otters and endangered Stellar Sea Lions. Return to the lodge in time for happy hour, dinner and evening activities for the energetic kids and relaxation on the deck for the adults.
The Chugach Mountains and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge are renowned for their range of hiking options. Our favorite is a gentle hike to a raised viewing platform over a rushing Alaska river, where we'll hope to see Sockeye salmon leaping towards their natal spawning grounds. For those who still have energy, we may continue on to a spectacular sub-alpine lake for lunch. After photos, we'll head back to the lodge for dinner.
Kayaking on Hidden Lake
Today we'll spend the afternoon on one of our beautiful wilderness lakes, paddling our safe and stable kayaks in a gorgeous setting. Perfect for beginners and strong paddlers alike, we'll explore the coastline and wildlife of the area and find an island to hop out and spread out the lunch. A great way to combine a little exercise with a fun activity in a gorgeous area. Return to lodge in the early afternoon with diner and happy hour to follow.
Scenic Bald Eagle Float
Today we'll float through the turquoise clear waters of the upper Kenai River and it's prodigious salmon spawning grounds to see one of nature's most amazing events. This annual returning salmon brings Bear and Eagle (plus wild Trout!) in numbers to feast on salmon eggs and the carcasses of hundreds of thousands of dying salmon. The tumbling aquamarine water rushes along rocks and forest through the younger and "Swiss-Alp" inspired Kenai Mountains. Gourmet lunch served shore side by your guide with Reindeer sausage and a robust Merlot for the grown ups.
Kayaking on the Moose River
This morning we'll paddle into the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge- leaving civilization behind as we head towards our tent camp on the Moose river. Nesting Swans, giant Moose, Beaver, Lynx and more call this region home. Return to the lodge in time for check out and depart (Return to Anchorage flight not included in package cost).
Recommended Gear List
However you choose to arrive, please be "dressed for adventure" , as you will not be checking into your rooms until you return to the lodge that evening (approximately 6:00 pm). Please see our pre trip info for specific what to bring list. All necessary gear is provided on our daily safari experiences, but we highly recommend bringing a medium sized day pack to carry all of your essentials on your daily adventures, along with a water bottle. That same pack or bag can be your carry-on item when you board the plane heading to and from Alaska, so it will do double duty! Be sure to bring a water bottle!
Our trips include complimentary sightseeing van pickup in Anchorage (we pickup at 4 downtown, mid town and airport locations). Pickup is typically at 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. (time varies slightly each day based upon number and location of pickups). You'll arrive at the main lodge around 10:30 for check in and orientation. We pick up at the cruise dock in Seward or Whittier for an additional fee. R/T transfers via rental car is also available and we have no charge parking for your vehicle while you are with us.
Complimentary van pickup in Anchorage on day one followed by sightseeing transfer to lodge. Trips include our signature meals "nearly world famous" nightly happy hour and appetizers, plus of course our legendary evening activities like "by the fire" salmon fishing and Moose River wildlife kayaking/paddle boarding. Finally, all necessary equipment for your daily adventures is included in your package along with lodge concierge service
What's Not Included
Gratuities, Alaska fishing license, resort fee, fish processing/shipping and return to Anchorage on your final day are not included in the package price.