At the Ladd Macaulay Visitor Center, we invite you to come learn about the fascinating life cycle of salmon, their near shore marine environment, and the inner workings of a hatchery through our variety of attractions and tours. We offer a fun, educational, and affordable experience for the entire family!
In our touch tank aquariums we invite you to get up close to our favorite Alaskan critters. Feel slimy sea cucumbers, spiny urchins, crawly crabs, and a variety of different sea star species. A MUST for children and brave adults.
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For those that prefer to learn at their own pace, our educational exhibits contain a wealth of knowledge about the life cycle of Pacific Salmon and Alaska hatchery operations.
Have you ever wondered what lives under the sea in Alaska? Our salt water aquariums are full over 150 species for you to view and learn about. Our knowledgeable guides are always available to answer questions and provide fun facts about our amazing marine creatures.
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Witness the incredible struggle of adult salmon making their way up stream from just beyond the glass of our outdoor viewing window. In late June through early October, salmon can be seen swimming against the current to the sorting area of the hatchery to fulfill their lifelong purpose of spawning in their natal stream.
Expand your knowledge of Alaska wildlife with our beautiful brown bear and bald eagle displays, learn all about these amazing creatures and their lives in the Alaska wilderness, and fool your friends back home with a life like close up next to these ferocious critters!
Salmon are available for viewing year round in our fresh water rearing facility. Get a bird's eye view of the millions of tiny salmon from the rearing facility cat walk and watch the feeding frenzy as our hatchery technicians hand feed the baby salmon throughout the day.
The hatchery is a great place to catch a glimpse of many species of Alaskan wildlife. Bald eagles swoop down to grab salmon in their talons, harbor seals curiously pop their heads out of the water to view the daily hatchery operations, and sea lions swim by hoping for a snack. In Alaska, everyone loves salmon.
Arriving in late June through early September? Experience the true awe of the masses! When explorers first visited Alaska, they spoke of salmon schooling so thick one could walk across the water on their backs. The stories were true, and you can see the crowding fish as they gather in the channel before making the difficult journey up our 450ft fish ladder (FYI: walking across their backs is NOT an activity we allow). We start seeing adult salmon return in late June or early July, and a few trickle in through mid October, but the big show is mid summer.