Ketchikan, Alaska sees only 100 sunny days a year. That means that 234 days are filled with grey skies and precipitation. In fact, this is one of the rainiest places in North America. That’s because we’re located in the heart of the Tongass National Forest, which is the largest rainforest in North America.
But we don’t let the weather get us down. We dress in plenty of layers (including a rain jacket) to explore the world outside and have lots to do inside. But what are those indoor pursuits?
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Alaska Firearms Adventures, which is (obviously) our favorite thing to do on a wet day in Ketchikan. In fact, our owner created these adventures because he wanted to provide the town with even more fun! After you shoot your shot, here are a few other options to get out of the wet.
Creek Street District: What once was the town’s red-light district is now a great place for Alaskan souvenirs. When the city outlawed prostitution in 1953, the street became a mix of residential and commercial area. Today, many of the shops are owned by locals, so you can feel good about supporting small business owners (and getting out of the bad weather.)
Alaska Fish House: This restaurant’s cannery-style building can be found in the center of historic Thomas Basin and Ketchikan’s fishing fleet. We’re not the only locals that head their way for live music and performances--which include a Thursday to Saturday nightly piano bar. Of course, the fish and chips and cocktails are favorites, as well.
Annabelle’s Famous Keg & Chowder House: This restaurant should also make its way to the top of your list. This popular Ketchikan eatery can be found inside the historic Gilmore Hotel. We can’t leave without sampling one of their homemade desserts and trying a beer from the Alaskan Brewing Company or a Bloody Mary (made with their own pepper vodka).
Potlatch Totem Park and Museum: This museum is one of our favorites, because it highlights everything from old cars to old guns. Some of the rarest and oldest firearms can be found in this obscure museum. It’s located right next to the Totem Bight State Historical Park, which is also worth a stop.
Dolly’s House: After you shop in the Creek Street District, you’ll need to take a peek into the last Ketchikan brothel to shut down. Once there you’ll find photos of Dolly herself, information about the women of the red light district, and even the secret closet in her bedroom where she stashed contraband liquor during Prohibition.
What are your favorite things to do on a rainy day in Ketchikan? Tell us in the comments below.