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Ketchikan has lots of great activities for families. If you are on a cruise, Ketchikan is a great port to get out and do the experiential tours like fishing and kayaking while Juneau is the place to do a whale watching trip and/or see the Mendenhall Glacier.
Kids and adults will enjoy exploring the area by kayak. Tours are amazingly interactive with salmon, sea stars and jelly fish in the water and eagles along the shores. Southeast Sea Kayaks offers 2 different kayak tours. The shorter Ketchikan Kayaking trip leaves right from downtown and includes the waterfront and surrounding islands. The 4 hour Orcas Cove trip includes a boat ride to the cove, a snack and about 2.5 hours of kayaking. Kayaking tours are suitable for families with kids ages 6 and up, smaller kids ride in the center of triple kayaks with their parents. The owners of this company have toddler twin boys and best of all: they offer children's prices for ages 15 and under!
There's no better place to try fishing than the Salmon Capital of the World. Ketchikan has great salmon fishing and from late May through September even first timers can count on catching a fish. Charter boats in Ketchikan can fish only 6 poles at one time, so many families will have a boat to themselves. No fishing experience is required, the crew will teach the basics. If you are travelling on a cruise ship you can save money by booking your fishing with a local company like Ketchikan Charter Boats or Adventure Charters (who have a boat that can accomodate big family groups) rather than booking on board the cruise ship.
Pick up a map at the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau and follow the walking tour through historic downtown Ketchikan. From mid July to late September, there are salmon running in the Creek in the center of town. It is great fun to watch the salmon struggling upstream and to watch the combat fishing from the Stedman Street Bridge. The walk along Creek Street and Married Men's Trail to the Totem Heritage Center and Salmon Hatchery has lots of interesting stops and there are totem poles to see along the way. Unfortunately, there are no good parks with play areas in downtown Ketchikan, but there is a small play area at the City Park and a network of streams and trails to explore.
Burger Queen - Just north of the tunnel on the main street at 518 Water St. Burger Queen has the best burgers in Ketchikan as well as an excellent halibut sandwich and fish and chips. There are a couple of booths inside or get your food to go and eat at the picnic tables at the small Harborview Park (actually a boardwalk) across the street.
Oceanview Restaurant - Further north on Tongass (the main street) at 1831 Tongass Ave. Oceanview has a huge menu including Mexican and Italian fare and a reasonable priced kids menu. Oceanview also has lots of high chairs and a kid friendly atmosphere.
Subway - A reliable family standby. The Subway is at 417 Dock St, just a block back from the cruise ship dock.