Adventure By Jonathan Hermann

Set Sail for Family Fun in Alaska

Children of all ages love a good playground, and there’s no grander playground than Alaska. With its soaring mountains, colossal glaciers, primordial forests and captivating wildlife, the Last Frontier is equal parts jungle gym, cultural museum and ecological zoo. These aspects become more apparent when you explore the state by its craggy coastline via a cruise, where each day introduces your family to a new port and new opportunities for adventure.

Below you will find a selection of our favorite family-friendly shore events across Alaska. And the best part: these exclusive shore events are complimentary when booked through the SELECT Distinctive Voyages program. The cruise departures below also include a dedicated onboard concierge host and a private welcome-aboard cocktail reception—all at no additional cost. View all voyages to Alaska here.

Cruising in Alaska


The perfect shore excursion contains a balance that keeps both children, parents and grandparents engaged. All age groups will have something to shout about on this well-balanced tour of Alaska’s capital. It begins with a scenic tour of this beautiful city, ending with an excellent view of massive Mendenhall Glacier from Brotherhood Bridge. Then it’s off to the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery where you’ll overlook millions of tiny salmon from the facility catwalk. After interacting with local marine life in touch tanks and aquariums, you’ll visit the Alaska State Museum to enjoy their interactive displays of the state’s amazing history.

Mendenhall Glacier


This culinary tour begins with a thrilling start at the Alaska Raptor Center, where your family can witness bald eagles and other large birds of prey up close during your visit, learning about their lives and habitats in the process. Next, you’ll visit Sitka National Park, strolling the totem-lined paths deep into the rainforest where a guide will explain which plants are edible and which provide ancient medicinal remedies. Then it’s on to edible foods of a more refined variety, feasting on fresh-caught Alaskan salmon paired with a flight of beers at Baranof Island Brewery.

Panning for gold
Bald Eagle

Totem poles


The Klondike Gold Rush leaps from the history books in Skagway, the gateway to the Yukon Territory. Begin the day at the ancient Gold Rush Cemetery, a place your kids will classify as “very cool,” before driving up the scenic Klondike Highway to the White Pass Summit. The views along the way will be eye-opening to say the least, especially from scenic stops at Pitch Falls and the Moore Bridge Turnout, where you guide will tell lively stories about the Gold Rush’s most colorful characters. On the way down the mountain, stop off at the Gold Rush Brewery for a tour and a taste, giving you a chance to toast this amazing experience.


Totem poles are the main subject on your tour in Ketchikan, often called Alaska’s First City. At Totem Bight State Park, your family will dive into native Tlingit and Haida Indian cultures, hiking winding trails to old campsites filled with totem poles, each telling a fascinating tale. Next, at Potlach Totem Park, you’ll explore a fully recreated Native Alaskan village to truly understand how they lived in the 1800s. Here you’ll also see a totem pole carver demonstration you will never forget.

Seattle, Washington


Many voyages up to Alaska begin and end in Seattle or Vancouver, two family-friendly cities to spend extra nights in and explore before or after your cruise. You have several exceptional hotels to choose from in these exciting destinations, several of which your travel advisor can secure you SELECT bonus amenities to enjoy during your stay.

In Seattle, your choices include Motif Seattle, a stylish hotel where the cuisine is taken very seriously, and the Pan Pacific Seattle, just minutes from Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. In Vancouver, you can choose between then Fairmont Hotel Vancouver the “Castle in the City” close to Granville Island and the shopping on Robson Street, or JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, located near the stylish Gastown and Yaletown neighborhoods.

Vancouver, Canada