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Begich, Boggs Visitor Center at Portage Glacier

Mile 5.5 Portage Glacier Road, Girdwood, AK 99587
+1 907 783 2326; +1 907 783 3242
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Ranked #6 of 12 Activities in Girdwood
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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Houston, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

If you're going to be staying in the Seward/Girdwood/Anchorage area for several days, this is a good activity for really rainy days because it's indoors and parking is relatively close. You probably only need like 2 hours to go through the center and watch the film. At a $5 entry fee for adults and my 7-year-old was free, it's a... More

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Charlestown, New Hampshire
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12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Visited the center on a rainy day when the wind had blown a huge berg which grounded itself in front of the center. What a sight. The center is a gem with many exhibits, storyboards, and a wonderful introductory film. Staff is knowledgeable and friendly.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We were planning on doing the Byron Glacier hike, but unfortunately it was very rainy the morning we were here. We instead went into the Begich and Boggs Visitor Center and we enjoyed looking around and checking out the exhibits. It was full of interesting information and history of the area and Alaska. We thoroughly enjoyed the stop. The drive... More

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Los Angeles, California
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62 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Beautiful outside walkway in first parking lot with great views. Don't miss the stops on the spur road in to look at the other glaciers. The visitors center has a free foul weather observation area and information center. The exhibits are $5 for adults or free of you have a national park pass(good for4 persons). I found informative and lots... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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54 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This is a good place to visit on a rainy day, otherwise i think it is better to enjoy the views outside It is very well laid out and has informative displays. Most of it has recorded audio to accompany the displays and you are able to choose what you what to listen to A five dollar entrance covers the... More

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Palestine, Texas
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12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

After the movie the curtain opens to a view of the water with an iceberg floating by the window. We had a senior pass and got in free, but it would have been worth paying.

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Columbus Ohio
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117 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Please remember that this visitor center does NOT have a view of the portage glacier anymore. The visitor center has some information on the glacier and a good video. I got in for free with a national park pass which if this is the case, then its worth the stop. To view the glacier continue down the road to the... More

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Jacksonville
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64 reviews 64 reviews
21 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Portage Lake and the surrounding mountains is very, very scenic. But this is the only visitor center I've ever been to where they want to charge you for it. We couldn't make ourselves do it when the best part of the place was free to just go outside and drink in the beauty. Actually, the best part of our visit... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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60 reviews 60 reviews
37 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

The visitor center was a great stop on the trip between Anchorage and Seward. It was free to go in and look around. There were things to see and do and a nice gift shop inside the center, but the location was spectacular. It is situated between majestic mountains, next to a lake filled with icebergs (in late May). It... More

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Nashville, TN
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359 attraction reviews
509 helpful votes 509 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

After the wonderful boat ride to Portage Glacier and a great walk on the Byron Glacier trail, we stopped briefly at Begich Boggs Visitor Center. The video was very informative, and the displays are nicely done. Some of it is more geared to families and children, but we were satisfied with our short time here, especially since our Senior National... More

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