- The waterfront in Valdez is set up to accommodate fishermen as well as visitors out for a stroll. The public promenade offers fine views of activity in the Small Boat Harbor.
- Take a boat tour to see Columbia Glacier, second largest tidewater glacier in North America, Shoup Glacier and other Prince William Sound attractions.
- Interpretive exhibits at the Valdez Historical Museum include the gold rush, the 1964 earthquake, the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. A restored 1907 Ahrens steam fire engine, models of antique aircraft, and the original Cape Hinchinbrook lighthouse lens are also on display.
- Remembering Old Valdez Exhibit has a wonderful 1:20 scale Historic Old Town Model showing Valdez as it appeared in 1963, just prior to the earthquake.
- The Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum at Prince William Sound Community College is a huge private collection of animal mounts, Native dolls, an Eskimo kayak, prehistoric artifacts and carved ivory. Well worth a stop.
- The Last Frontier Theatre Conference takes place at the Valdez Convention and Civic Center in June.
- Gold Rush Days, held in August, is an annual celebration that includes a parade, contests, game night and town fish fry.
- Sea kayaking is an ideal way to explore Prince William Sound. Sea kayak rentals and outfitters located at the Small Boat Harbor. Guided trips range from an afternoon paddle around Port Valdez to glacier day tours and camping tours: check with Panagea Adventures.
- Go flightseeing, and see Columbia Glacier, spectacular Prince William Sound and the surrounding Chugach Mountains from the air.
- Wildlife watching at sea, aboard the LuLu Belle Glacier Wildlife Cruise or Stan Stephens Glacier and Wildlife Cruises.
- Crooked Creek Salmon Spawning Viewing Area offers a close-up look at spawning pink and chum salmon mid-July to early September.
- Dayville Road is a 5.8-mile paved side road (with bike trail) that leads to shoreside camping, picnicking, fishing and scenic views along Port Valdez, the 13-mile-long estuary at the head of Valdez Arm.
- See Waterfalls. From downtown Valdez, drive out the Richardson Highway 17.4 miles to see Horsetail Falls. A short distance beyond Horsetail Falls is Bridal Veil Falls. Both are favorite photo stops.
- Fish the annual halibut or silver salmon derbies.