Creek Street, with its small houses built on stilts over the creek, was formerly Ketchikan's infamous red-light district. Since 1954, when prostitution became illegal, most of the houses have been converted to trendy little shops. The most famous brothel, known as Dolly's House, has been preserved as a museum right down to the original furnishings and a short history of Ketchikan's most famous madam. The board walk starts at 203 Steadman Street, just upstream from the Thomas Basin boat harbor. During the season, salmon can be viewed from the boardwalk.
Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery and Eagle Center
The hatchery is adjacent to the Totem Heritage center and within walking distance of downtown. Here tens of thousands of coho and king salmon smolts (two-year-olds) are released each year. There are observation platforms and educational displays concerning the salmon's life cycle.
Southeast Alaska Visitor Center
Three large totem poles greet you as you enter the lobby. Here you will find exhibits and audiovisual programs on native culture, Alaska's ecosystems and the local industries. Located one block from the cruise ship dock, in downtown Ketchikan. There is also a smaller visitor's center right at the dock.
Tongass Historical Museum
The museum features a small collection of local and indigenous artifacts, many related to Ketchikan's fishing past. The Raven Stealing the Sun totem pole stands at the front of the museum. The city of Ketchikan commissioned the totem to honor the Tlingit people.
Totem Heritage Center
The Totem Heritage Center has an extensive display of weathered, original totem carvings some more than a century old. It may well be the world's largest collection. These totem poles were salvaged from deserted Tlingit communities and restored. At the center you will find a central gallery with indigenous art and a model of a traditional native fishing camp. And if you have still have not had your fill of totem poles more can be found at the Saxman Native Village, 2.5 miles south of Ketchikan. Here you can take a tour of a tribal house and catch performances of traditional Native Alaskan dances and rituals.