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Begich, Boggs Visitor Center at Portage Glacier

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Address: Mile 5.5 Portage Glacier Road, Girdwood, AK 99587
Phone Number: +1 907 783 2326; +1 907 783 3242
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Great stop during a rainy day

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2014
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Fairbanks, Alaska
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76 reviews 76 reviews
26 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The title really says it all here - just another visitors center. Sadly, the Portage Glacier is not worth stopping at (see my review on the Portage Glacier) so the visitors center is kind of a waste of time as well. Worth stopping in if you are there, but don't take the time to go by there just to see... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This place is good to stop on your way to Whittier, waiting for the tunnel, but if you want to really see the Visitor Center you have to pay to go to the exhibits. Luckily, the glass "observatory" (maybe) which let you see through the glass onto the lake, and the shore (and on a moderately clear day), and the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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15 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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78 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 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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182 helpful votes 182 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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217 reviews 217 reviews
144 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 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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21 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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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