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Alaska Raptor Center

#1 of 46 things to do in Sitka Features Animals
1000 Raptor Way, Sitka, AK 99835-9302
+1 800-643-9425
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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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  • Average3%
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1000 Raptor Way, Sitka, AK 99835-9302
+1 800-643-9425
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you love wild life, you would be impressed with this well-managed non-profit raptor center. Injured raptors are treated and sent back to the wild if they are in the condition that will be survived in the wild; or else, they stay on this retirement...More

Thank Duendanaya
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If one of the goals on your Alaska trip is to see a bald eagle, you can accomplish this with a visit to the Alaska Raptor Rehabilitation Center. Located a stone's throw away from downtown Sitka, the center has the large avian hospital where dozens...More

Thank Suzanne B
Reviewed 2 days ago

This center is largely a rehab center for a variety of birds who have been wounded in the wild. Some are permanent residents if they are unable to return to their natural habitat and others are healed and returned to the wilderness. The large eagle...More

Thank mek99
Reviewed 3 days ago

After viewing raptor birds through one-way glass, a short live presentation with an attendant holding an Eagle explains more about raptors and responds to questions. There is a small clinic where injured birds are tended, which can be viewed through glass. Small gift shop. Whole...More

Thank Annette B
Reviewed 4 days ago

This place is about a 1-mile walk from downtown Sitka. It is not huge, but it is very interesting to see eagles, hawks, owls etc. Has a beautiful short nature trail also. Especially interesting is the "flight training" room where they prepare bird for re-release...More

Thank WendellBF
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you want a quickie exposure to raptor, this is the place. We saw many in the wild in many places both in the air, on trees, on the ground.

Thank Bill A
Management response:Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the review. If there is anything we could have done to have made your visit a 4 or 5 circle review, feel free to send me an email! Richard.Hart@alaskaraptor.org

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The Raptor Center was highly recommended to us but we were somewhat disappointed. You just go in an area and view raptors sitting on limbs or up on ropes. No lectures, explanations or anything. Then you walk outside and look at the birds sitting outside...More

Thank R M
Management response:Responded 2 days ago

I'm so sorry that your visit to the Center was not up to your or our expectations. We have Interpreters stationed in 4 different areas of the center, one in our 20,000 cubic foot Bald Eagle Flight Training Center, and three outside, to talk about...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

Informative and engaging for all ages. Lots to see and a. Ice little hike around the center as well.

Thank Laura_Portland_97217
Management response:Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our forest/muskeg trail!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Closest I have ever been to raptors. Lovely rehabilitation facility for birds in need. Also, a retirement facility for birds that can't be released back into the wild.

Thank Ann H
Management response:Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the fantastic review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your time visiting the Center!

Reviewed 1 week ago

We made the short walk to the Raptor Center from downtown Sitka. We were amazed by all of the eagles and owls, including some real miniature owls at the entrance. The staff was very informative about what the Center's mission is and how they helped...More

Thank JonFromRichmond
Management response:Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the great review! It's always so nice to hear when someone really enjoyed their visit to the Center. Petey and Tootsie (the small owls) say hello!

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Jesse R
23 June 2017|
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Response from CndnGuider | Reviewed this property |
Yes HAL runs a tour to the Raptor Centre. Don't know if the bus will accommodate you. We walked up to the centre but would not advise you to do that
21 August 2016|
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Response from jscoops | Reviewed this property |
we actually took the ship bus to the main part of town and then we walked through Sitka for free. It is beautiful. we went through the totem poll park and then walked across the street to the raptor center for free. Our... More
17 May 2015|
Response from Ed C | Reviewed this property |
Google alaska raptor center the first response will be their website, and at the top of the website is a link to their gift shop. I would include the links but trip adviser prohibits it