What to do with 5 Hours in Ketchikan during an Alaska Cruise
What to do in Ketchikan during an Alaska Cruise
Ketchikan is a really easy town to walk around on your own. From the top deck of our cruise ship, we could almost see from one end of town to the other end.
You can easily get to the majority of tourist stops in town on your own and within a few blocks. I really wanted to see Creek Street. On all of the maps I thought it was going to be a bit of a walk from the cruise ship dock. It actually is only about 4 blocks from the cruise dock if that. You can see the entire length of Creek Street from the boat.
We got off the boat super early in the morning since we were only in town for 5 hours. I was really worried we would not have enough time to see everything. I honestly had nothing to worry about. We were back on the boat an hour before the boat departed.
We started our morning with a walk along Creek Street which is really pretty. The houses are built up over the creek and really cool to look at. One bonus of getting off the ship early is we were the only people on Creek Street. We were able to get a ton of pictures of just the houses. John thought it was a bonus that we were out before any of the stores opened.
After walking through Creek Street we wandered through town for a bit and honestly after about an hour did not have much else to see. We decided to not walk down or take a cab to Totem Bright park so we would have something to do on our next visit.
We ended up splurging on tickets to the Lumberjack show. The Lumberjack Show ended up being the total highlight of our day in Ketchikan. It is so cheesy but so much fun. John was enthralled with the high powered chainsaws that the contestants use. I was amazed at how fast they could swing an axe and with such precision.
The show is perfect for all ages. The Lumberjacks interact with the crowd and make everyone feel welcome. We laughed and cheered for our Lumberjack team throughout the entire show. You cannot help but get caught up in the fun as you cheer on your Lumberjack. At the end of the show, you can have your picture taken with the Lumberjacks for free!!! This was a great fun photo to bring home. The Great American Lumberjack Show is a quick and easy walk from the cruise ship. This show lasts a couple of hours and is a great way to see the amazing work that these lumberjacks are able to do. Be prepared to get riled up and cheer for your lumberjack!
After picking up all of our free trinkets from our Alaska shopping book we headed back on the boat to relax until our next port.
You can book a floatplane trip to Misty Fjords National Monument, which I have to note is not a true National Monument so you will not see it on the National Park Website. Check out this post on Cruising to America's National Parks- Alaska Ports of Call to see all of the National Park properties you can visit during your cruise.
Totem Bight State Historical Park is located outside of town and you may want to grab a taxi to reach the park and have time to explore.
More than 250 species of birds have been identified around Ketchikan! Keep an eye out for Bald Eagles and other great birds.
What time is it?
Ketchikan is located in the Alaska Time Zone, which is one hour earlier than the Pacific Time Zone. Alaska does follow Daylight Savings Time
What should I bring to wear?
Layers are your friend in Ketchikan no matter what time of year you visit. The weather can go from sunny and gorgeous to cool and cold in a matter of moments. Waterproof footwear is also a really great idea.
How many hours of daylight are there in Juneau?
The longest day in Juneau is June 21st, and there will be 18 hours and 18 minutes of daylight. The shortest day is December 21st with 6 hours and 21 minutes of daylight.
Do I need a fishing license to fish in Juneau?
Yes, a fishing license is required if you are over 16 years old. You can visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website for information on licenses, permits, and regulations. Permits and licenses can be purchased online and by mail if you want to buy them before your trip.
Is there a visitor center in Ketchikan?
Yes, the Ketchikan information center is located right near the port terminal. It is in the heart of Ketchikan next to Berth 2. The visitor center offers a free walking tour map and has a ton of brochures available. You can also book tours directly from the information center.
Will I have cell phone service in Ketchikan?
We have not had any issues having cell phone service while in town with T-Mobile. If you go outside of town your service may become a bit more spotty.