Beach-side walking trails connecting historic totems.
This State Park is a fun afternoon stop. We went when it was raining, but it's almost always raining in Ketchikan. Bring raingear, rubber boots, and an umbrella if you're the umbrella-using kind.
There are 14 totems all very accessible on this site. All are connected with well-maintained walking paths or boardwalks. There are some interpretive signs but there is an informational pamphlet that you should grab at the entrance to help your family learn the most!
There are thimbleberries and salmonberries all over when in season - a great nature lesson and yummy snack. You can also expect Devil's club. The park is bounded by the highway on one side and the ocean on the other, so if you plan your visit at low tide, you can have some fun in the tide pools! This is a great site for Goose Tongue - another snack for the kids to learn about!
We enjoyed talking with our son about the totems and the characters depicted on them. Saxman Village on the other side of town has a great totem collection as well so the two stops really compliment each other. We recommend going to both!
Be "Bear Aware" -- you could be sharing your afternoon walk and berry snack with a bear. There are however, few tourists if you go when there isn't a bus there!
Great space for kids to play and learn! Well-worth your time in Ketchikan to make a jaunt to the park.