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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 #7 of 11 activities in Girdwood
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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Los Angeles, California
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205 reviews 205 reviews
61 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 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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50 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 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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Columbus Ohio
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158 reviews 158 reviews
108 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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513 reviews 513 reviews
315 attraction reviews
480 helpful votes 480 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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Austin, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

The visitor center has good exhbits for adults and kids as well. The movie is very informative, and afterward they pull the heavy curtains apart and there it is, Portage Glacier - beautiful. Get your picture with Smokey the Bear!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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114 reviews 114 reviews
52 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

This visitor center is about 5-6 miles off the main highway, but worth a visit if you want to see the glacier. The visitor center overlooks the lake. For a $5 fee (no charge for kids) you can see more displays and a movie about the area and glaciers. There are bathrooms and a small gift shop here too.

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Warwick Township, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

I visited the visitor center according to other people's reviews and guide book. It's $5 per adult for a small exhibit and a movie. The ticket is not expensive but I don't think it's worth the time.

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California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
26 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

This one hour tour in a relatively small boat on a smooth lake was our best sightseeing experience in three days in the Anchorage to Seward area. The glacier was a beautiful blue and white color and ice from it calved into the lake while we watched on our cruise at three p.m. There is seating for all passengers inside... More

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