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Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure

7600 Glacier Highway, 7 Mi From Downtown Cruise Docks, 1 Mi From the Airport, Juneau, AK
+1 907-790-3377
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Ranked #33 of 81 Activities in Juneau
Type: Gardens
Owner description: View the world renowned Upside Down Flower Towers only at Glacier Gardens, AND indulge your senses in the naturally stunning temperate rainforest... more » Owner description: View the world renowned Upside Down Flower Towers only at Glacier Gardens, AND indulge your senses in the naturally stunning temperate rainforest garden of the Tongass National Forest (tour provided in cooperation with the United States Forest Service). Your fully guided tour offers you a unique and fascinating garden experience that combines natural landscapes and non-native manicured gardens for the most colorful garden display found in Alaska's capital city. Tucked in the grasp of the mighty Tongass National Forest you will discover an Alaskan botanical garden unlike any found throughout the world. Travel onboard a guided tour through Juneau's temperate rainforest in covered vehicles while learning about native plant species such as Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock trees, devil's club, and skunk cabbage. No tour gives you easier access to the gorgeous Tongass atmostphere. The vast gardens are the creation of Steve and Cindy Bowhay, former local commercial fisherman and local master gardeners. Your guide will escort you through the gardens, past the renowned Flower Towers which were named as America's Most Interesting Landmark in a 2012 Reader's Digest issue, and into the rugged and unforgiving Tongass habitat to explain about the history of this property and to highlight the interesting characteristics of the natural environment you now find yourself. Bright floral arrangements and elegantly designed landscapes complement the natural beauty of the towering temperate rainforest and the cascading waterfalls bubbling nearby. There is a break for a short walk to an amazing cliff-side panoramic viewpoint where the thick forest gives way to a sweeping view of Juneau, the Mendenhall Valley, Gastineau Channel, Douglas Island, and the Chilkat Mountains. You return to the lower gardens where you can spend more time meandering the grounds and indulging in the Visitor's Center atrium filled with even more floral structures, such as the heart shaped impatience and hanging flower gardens - some petunias stretch to up to 12 feet long! The Visitor's Center features a live video feed from a camera aimed at an active bald eagles nest that is found on the property. You can find the feed online at our website as well. The Garden Gift Shop sells garden specific gifts like the wildflower-seed packets that you can plant at home, and the Garden Cafe serves espresso drinks, beverages, and light snacks so you can re-energize for your next Juneau adventure. « less
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Alpine, California
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123 reviews 123 reviews
69 attraction reviews
276 helpful votes 276 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

After seeing this place on TripAdvisor, I knew this was someplace we wanted to see on our visit to Juneau. We took their advice and went on the City bus #3 going and #4 on the way back. The bus depot is the closest to the port to start your 30 minute journey. It is $2 one way per person... More

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Palmer, Alaska
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Easily accessible using the Juneau bus system, this experience was very enjoyable. The staff was very knowledgeable about their gardens history and content. The flowers were beautiful, the trees stunning, and the morale and enthusiasm of the employees very high.

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Salina, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The guides take you up in a tram and talk the whole time about what you are seeing. The vegetation is so abundant and the views are fabulous of the water areas and mountains in the area. Beautiful in the entrance area and also out in the Park area too. Good stop especially for garden lovers.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Guides were knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the entire attraction; providing lots of information & answering all our questions. Although it was rainy & a tad chilly, the experience was very enjoyable: beautiful flowers, fascinating engineering feats, gorgeous vistas of the area.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Extremely impressed with the amount of work that has gone into this little garden. Took a tour off a cruise ship and was tremendously surprised.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It's incredible to think this is the result of one man's dream and we are so fortunate to be able to visit and see it. The entrance fee of $25 is a bit steep, but worth it. We were in Juneau for a few hours on a cruise ship. We took the #4 bus from the main transportation bus center... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Absolutely beautiful gardens and the unique use of upside down tree stumps for flowers is amazing. Gorgeous flowers everywhere and the cart ride up to the top observatory was fun and our guide explained so much about the trees,moss,and the history of the area..The view from the top out over the flats to the outer islands and mountains was equally... More

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Owner has done some beautiful and original upside down displays. Trees are place in ground with root balls upward and then planted with stunning local floral. Overall just an beautiful site with scenic views and very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Really glad we went.

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Carlsbad NM
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Drizzly day. But the wetness of the day seemed to enhance the scenery somehow. The flowers on the upside down trees seemed to shine, but I feared that the tour bus tires were going to spin on the wet roadway since we ascended to an observation platform that was at least 800 feet from where we started. Tour guy was... More

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Villa Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Beautiful gardens and excellent tour guides in little motored golf cart like vehicles. Great we didn't have to walk. The flowers were all in full bloom and beautifully arranged. Very worth the time to see.

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