What to do and see in Petersburg, United States: The Best Places and Tips

January 1, 2018 Darwin Bolte

Petersburg (Tlingit: Gantiyaakw Séedi "Steamboat Channel") is a census-designated place (CDP) in Petersburg Borough, Alaska, United States. The population was 2,824 according to 2009 Census Bureau estimates.
Restaurants in Petersburg

1. Tongass Kayak Adventures

Petersburg, AK
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5 based on 79 reviews

Tongass Kayak Adventures

Adventure travel company that leads guided whale and glacier tours with and without kayaking to remote locations within Tongass National Forest in Alaska's Inside Passage.

Reviewed By Mountainkid - Kalispell

We signed up for both a kayak adventure and a whale watch with Scott at Tongass. When weather didn't cooperate for our kayak trip, we made a unanimous decision to cancel the kayak part of the day and spend more time with the glacier and also explore small bays in the area. This meant that we were still at the Glacier when it calved a HUGE chunk of ice, many stories high, that sank, then resurfaced in slow motion, only to sink again...several times. It was an amazing sight. We also found a beautiful green bay with orcas swimming by in the mist, watched the seal pups getting ready to swim into adulthood, and just spent a beautiful day that couldn't have been more perfect.
Till the next day... which was, when we saw huge numbers of humpback whales gathered together bubble feeding and breaching. Scott had a mic to drop into the water that allowed us to hear the whale conversations, but we were also able to hear them directly thru the boat - and it was beautiful! Sometimes several groups were feeding at the same time all around us. Scott was the perfect guide with the coolest boat who somehow always managed to be in the right place at the right time! Those two trips were the highlight of our entire two weeks in Alaska!

2. Petersburg Visitor Information Center

19 Fram St, Petersburg, AK 99833 +1 907-772-4636
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Petersburg Visitor Information Center

Your first stop when you get to Petersburg should be the Visitor Center. Experienced local hosts will provide you with information about the town and the Tongass National Forest. We have brochures, maps and displays that will help make your stay here memorable! Petersburg Visitor Information Center is a partnership between the Petersburg Chamber Of Commerce and the U.S. Forest Service, Petersburg Ranger District. Open daily in the summer months. You can contact us for a free guide and DVD. Make Petersburg your Destination Vacation this summer!!

Reviewed By Ryan M - Chennai (Madras), India

The volunteers and staff at the visitor's center always have great suggestions for things to do in Petersburg. There is a great collection of information that the Forest Service makes available -- from lichen identification brochures to trail guides.

3. Alaska Passages

Le Conte Glacier, Petersburg, AK
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5 based on 12 reviews

Alaska Passages

Alaska Passages One Day Adventures offers Whale Watching, Glacier Tours, Sea Kayaking and water taxi service. We are located in Petersburg, Alaska right in the heart of Alaska’s Inside Passage. We are in the prime jumping off place for all sorts of Alaskan adventures. The ‘Pelican’ is a sturdy, 28’ aluminum landing craft with heated cabin aft for a comfortable ride. The front deck has lots of open space for observation and photography or gear transport. The bow has a drop down ramp perfect for wilderness beachcombing or unloading kayaks and gear.

Reviewed By brooksz - Dallas

Captain Scott took our party of four on an unforgettable trip to the Le Conte glacier. He was patient in answering our questions, pointing out sea lions and scouting for whales.

He got us a close but safe distance to the glacier allowing us a glorious view. He shared some videos of the constantly moving glacier to give us a better understanding of the changing view.

Scott was great at slowing down around the ice fragments allowing for great phot opportunities. Spectacular.

On the way back to the Petersburg harbor we came across three Orcas chasing a worn out sea lion. Even though we were out the end of our tour, Scott took extra time to stop, explain the hunting process and allow us plenty of photo time.

A true highlight of our trip to Alaska!

4. Whale Song Cruises

207 N. Nordic Drive, Petersburg, AK
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Whale Song Cruises

Reviewed By Helena E - Lakeland, Florida

We went out on two whole day tours to whale watch with Whale Song Cruises and had an outstanding time. The trip was perfect in each and every way. Capt. Ron was very knowledgeable about whales. We did not know which direction to look one day as there were whales all around us. We took some awesome breaching photos. We highly recommend this company to do whale watching tours. We had an amazing two days whale watching. Bring your sandwich and chips for lunch.

5. Viking Travel, Inc.

101 N. Nordic Drive, Petersburg, AK 99833-0787 +1 800-327-2571
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Viking Travel, Inc.

If you are looking for an enjoyable and hassle-free way to see and explore Alaska, Alaska Ferry Vacations offers a variety of ferry-cruise tours which include your ferry reservations, lodging and sightseeing activities as a complete package. Alaska Ferry Vacations provides the perfect opportunity for the independent traveler wishing to see more than the average visitor. We keep you involved in helping to plan your day-to-day schedule while touring Alaska. Year-round service from Bellingham, Washington to Haines (drive through Canada to access the greater Alaska area) and summer service connecting Washington with Anchorage and out the Aleutian Chain to Western Alaska.

Reviewed By Luckydogs2 - minnesota

Great boat ride and informative narrator. We saw plenty of sea otters and glaciers were breathtaking. We even saw a whale and boat turned so all could view it. Lunch was good, too. We had a beautiful, sunny day and colors of glaciers were still...MoreYes, being prepared for any weather (bring your sunglasses!) allows you to be comfortable while viewing. It could be Tracy Arm with the twin Sawyer Glaciers, Glacier Bay or LeConte Glacier near Petersburg, any glacier excursion is worthwhile. Thanks for sharing.

6. Stikine-Leconte Wilderness

Tongass National Forest, Petersburg, AK
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Stikine-Leconte Wilderness

Reviewed By Rakkasan68 - Alaska

The Stikine River and the LeConte (maritime) Glacier and all the wild country in-between. Great place for a boat ride from Wrangell or Petersburg.

7. Clausen Memorial Museum

203 Fram St, Petersburg, AK 99833 +1 907-772-3598
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4 based on 11 reviews

Clausen Memorial Museum

Reviewed By Thad K - Las Vegas, Nevada

My wife and I visited the museum during our trip to Petersburg in July 2015. The museum itself is rather small, and its collection is not large, but it is very informative of the local history and development of the town.

The best part of the museum was the approximately half-hour long film detailing the history of the town and development of the local industry. We saw the town through a totally different lens after watching this.

Definitely worth an hour or so of your time during any visit to Petersburg.

8. Petersburg Lake Trial

Petersburg, AK
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Petersburg Lake Trial

Reviewed By Lee D - Montreal, Canada

May 2003 trip,

Its a 2-3 day hike depending on your fitness, and also how much you carry in l stayed 3 nights and went up further. You have to limit yourself to what you need and have great boots to go up.

This is bear country so, you do need to have bear canister with you.

The views and the scenery are well worth it though, you do have to organize a boat trip across and then also getting back.

9. Alaska Sea Adventures

Petersburg, AK 99833
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Alaska Sea Adventures

Reviewed By Hidden-Gems - Lostwithiel, United Kingdom

We visited Sitka, Alaska for the first time in March, 2017 to see whales and the stunning scenery. We spent 9 amazing days on a beautiful 84 foot yacht called 'The Northern Song' cruising all around part of the Inside Passage around Sitka. During that time we saw so many whales in the Sitka Sound, estimated number about 80 plus. Constant bubble netting of the humpback whales while we waited for the herring spawn. We witnessed the start of the Sitka Herring Fishery, setting nets and testing the size of the catch. At times, the water around us was sizzling with herring and consequently the whales were extremely active, breaching, lunging and bubble netting. A photographers dream. In the fact the whole cruise was a wonderful experience which we will never forget. The Northern Song yacht is a really beautiful boat and so well furnished inside and very comfortable to sleep on. It is 84 feet long and carries up to 8 passengers plus 3 very helpful crew. The food served on board was delicious and varied. We had a wonderful time on this trip, met some great people and would not hesitate to recommend this experience. If you want to see whales as we did, this is the time and the way to do it.

10. Alaska Sea Adventures

Petersburg, AK 99833
Alaska Sea Adventures

Private yacht charter of Alaska's protected scenic Inside Passage waterways. Locally owned and operated for over 40 years! Enjoy the spacious living aboard the 84' Northern Song featuring 4 guest cabins all with private bathrooms and showers. Perfect for families, couples groups and specialty cruises for 8 day day / 7 night cruises with custom itineraries.

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