This park is Alaska's oldest federally designated park and was established in 1910 to commemorate the 1804 Battle of Sitka. Authentic totem poles set along the scenic coastal trails tell the history of native Tlingit and Haida people with intricate carvings, rich colors, and animal symbols such as bears, ravens, and eagles.
Explore the work of over 100 Alaskan artists, including whalebone and walrus ivory carvings by Yupik and Inuit artists, oils, acrylics and watercolors by Sitka painters, wood engravings, bronze sculptures and lampwork glass jewelry. The Gallery is located in the historic Hanlon-Osbakken House, next to the Russian Bishop's House.
This house is one of the few remaining examples of Russian colonial architecture in North America. Completed in 1842, it was the center of the Russian Orthodox Church until it closed in 1969. Then, the National Park Service restored the property and transformed it into a museum, which now offers guided tours highlighting historic artifacts, the bishop's chambers and a private chapel.
The Alaska Raptor Center has become the state's foremost bald eagle hospital and educational center. Each year, it provides medical treatment to 100-200 injured bald eagles and other birds such as hawks, falcons and owls. Trainers lead visitors through insightful tours of the facilities, where you can watch eagles at a flight-training center through one-way mirrors.
Located in an old cable house with outdoor seats and ocean views, the Larkspur Cafe is a funky coffeehouse with hearty food, Sunday brunch, and live music.
Old Harbor Books is located just down the street from its original location, which was established in 1976 by three local families who shared a passion for books. OHB offers a great selection of Alaska books and merchandise bearing artist Norm Campbell's rendering of their vintage letterpress.