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Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, Anchorage

(4.4/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web)
Wander the boardwalks at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, home to a large number of waterfowl and migratory critters not far from the city. Located along the Seward Highway, the wetland area wends its way back toward the mountains from the sea. Park in the nearby lot and go for a stroll around the 472 m (1,550 ft) long boardwalk network raised above the sloughs, estuaries, and swamps, and keep your eyes peeled for eagles, gulls, terns, swans, and more as they scour the area for food. As you walk, take time to admire the natural views of the mountains and bay surrounding you as well. Put Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Anchorage itinerary planner.
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  • Drive down the Seward Hwy, and you can't miss it. Choose to view while driving by or pull over. There is a lovely boardwalk from which to view the birds, or you can see them from the highway (if you a...  more »
  • good close views of wildlife but always aware of the traffic unless you willing to walk some distance. nice place to stretch legs if you on long drive  more »
  • If you love Bird watching this is the palce for you. The main issue I see is a major road runs right by it so it doesn't give you a quiet day out.  more »
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  • A nice short walk on a well maintained elevated path. It is out and back, not a loop. If it looped it would get a higher rating. The path has several bridges over creeks so there is a chance of seeing salmon run if the season is right. Good place to see birds. I saw signs of moose, but no actual moose sightings here for me.
  • Love the scenery while walking up and down the boardwalk. It's a great place for fresh air and bird spotting.
  • Very nice view of the wet lands there , board walk stretchable pretty far maybe a quarter mile , you can spot eagles nest and Eagles on the far left side of the walk away from the high way. Also a dirt path that leads to parking moose can be spotted there too. On the walk by the high way underneath the walk there's salmon.
  • We saw ducks, puffins, an eagle and lots of Salmon. Easy to get to. Great parking. The board walks keep your feet dry and you up high to see the wildlife that day. Some viewfinders and binoculars free for you to use.
  • Pretty good views. Nice place for a quick walk. Road noise is a bummer tho, but it's ok.