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Address: 7600 Glacier Highway, 7 Mi From Downtown Cruise Docks, 1 Mi From the Airport, Juneau, AK 99801
Phone Number: 19077903377
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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View the world renowned Flower Towers AND indulge your senses in the...

View the world renowned Flower Towers AND indulge your senses in the naturally stunning temperate rainforest of the Tongass National Forest (tour provided in cooperation with the United States Forest Service). Juneau's most colorful bright spot offers fully guided tours and self-guided walking paths for all types of nature enthusiasts. Your fully guided tour offers you a unique and fascinating garden experience that combines natural landscapes and non-native manicured gardens to create a dramatic contrast of colors and nature. Travel on board 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 atmosphere. The vast gardens are the creation of Steve and Cindy Bowhay and their family over the past 18 years. Your guide explain the Glacier Gardens story and tell you the unforgettable tale of the Flower Towers, which were named as America's Most Interesting Landmark in a 2012 Reader's Digest issue. Grab your map or join one of our driver guides as you venture into the rugged and unforgiving Tongass habitat where we, or your map, will explain about the history of this property and highlight the interesting characteristics of this rare temperate forest environment. Bright floral arrangements and elegantly designed landscapes complement the natural beauty of the towering temperate rainforest and the cascading waterfalls bubbling nearby. At the 580 ft level of our property you will find an amazing cliff-side panoramic viewpoint where the thick forest gives way to a sweeping view of Juneau, including views of 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 and a must have blueberry hot chocolate.

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Beautiful gardens

You are taken up the mountain comfortable golf carts through lush rain forest. The flower gardens are incredible.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Debbie S
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Homer, Alaska

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Homer, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You are taken up the mountain comfortable golf carts through lush rain forest. The flower gardens are incredible.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

We were in Juneau as the first stop on what was apparently just about the last Alaska Cruise of the season. We had opted for one of the trips, which encompassed both a trip to Mendenhall Glacier (already reviewed) and this attraction, which is on the way out of Juneau to the Glacier itself, it isn't really anywhere near the... More 

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SeanKSmith, Public Relations Manager at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, responded to this review

Thanks for your review for Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure! We are very thankful for your visit and for you taking the time to review of our tour. The tour is certainly a rainforest adventure as you scale a mountain-side in our motorized shuttles with our experienced guides. We have a tremendous safety record and train our guides to avoid any... More 

Antioch, California
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57 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

My family went here in July. This place is acres and acres of rainforest situation along the side of a mountain owned by a private owner. The owner has been in the process of developing the land, paving roads up and down the mountain, planting beautiful flowers, etc. When you first walk in to the visitor center there are hundreds... More 

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SeanKSmith, Public Relations Manager at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, responded to this review

Thanks for your review for Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure! We are very thankful for your visit and for you taking the time to review our tour. You highlight many of the fascinating aspects of a tour through Glacier Gardens so well in your review. We create our landscapes to add to the surrounding beauty of the area and bring our... More 

Madison Heights, Michigan
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We visited on a rainy day in September 2015 and enjoyed our time there. What surprised us was all of the colors we experienced this late in the season. We can only imagine what it must be like during it's peak. We were well taken care of and enjoyed our trip through the rainforest and our vista from the top.... More 

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SeanKSmith, Public Relations Manager at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure! We are very thankful for your visit and for you taking the time to review our tour. Rain or shine, Glacier Gardens has amazing colors on display no matter the time of year. As the seasons progress, so do the gardens as different plants and varieties come into bloom at... More 

Plymouth, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Meghan the guide was great. Outdoor gear provided was a bit porus. Some of the other travelers should not have been allowed on the tour due to their physical issues. They were told at least 3 times about what to expect. However, one individual fell a number of times. No injuries.

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SeanKSmith, Public Relations Manager at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure! We are very thankful for your visit and for you taking the time to review our tour. As with all tours in Alaska, wearing the appropriate outdoor gear is imperative to enjoying the outdoors and the unpredictable elements that Juneau often experiences. While you may have felt that some passengers... More 

the sea ranch
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Very interesting. It was part of the glaciers tour or we would not know it was here. The work to develop this property was unbelievable, and the upside down trees were beautiful. Nice gift shop and restrooms. Friendly staff.

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SeanKSmith, Public Relations Manager at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure! We are very thankful for your visit and for you taking the time to review our tour. We’re very happy to be paired with the Mendenhall Glacier as it gives visitors a great overview of Juneau’s amazing outdoor environments that everyone has access to. You got to experience a very... More 

Jackson, New Jersey
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This was a great way to spend some time, even in the rain. We were taken on a golf cart up a trail filled with many plants, trees and waterfalls. The young guide was very knowledgeable. He was a native of Juneau. The upside down trees were the highlight of the experience. It looked like they had taken some trees,... More 

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SeanKSmith, Public Relations Manager at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure! We are very thankful for your visit and glad you enjoyed the many different opportunities that a tour at Glacier Gardens provides. As a locally owned company, we strive to hire local employees who live and thrive in Juneau to be tour guides. The tour guides truly are the glue... More 

Seattle, Washington
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Nice garden. The upside down tree planters were pretty cool. We were there on a insane rainy day. Since you don't actually walk through this garden, it was a good rainy day activity as you are in a covered vehicle as they drive through. Lots of beautiful trees and a few animals.

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SeanKSmith, Public Relations Manager at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure! We are very thankful for your visit and for taking the time to send in a review to TripAdvisor. A rainy day in Juneau is par for the course – you got the authentic feeling of what it is like to be a local! While it can be hard to... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

Glacier gardens is known for its upside down trees but there is so much more to see. Your guide will drive you around in a 6 passenger golf cart and tell you the fascinating and funny story of one man's plan to create beauty and preserve land. No you cannot get out of the cart but you move slowly and... More 

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SeanKSmith, Public Relations Manager at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure! We are very thankful for your visit and for taking the time to send in a review to TripAdvisor. Your review encompasses a lot of what the tour entails with a variety of things to see and experience while at Glacier Gardens. Our covered vehicles and guided tour is where... More 

Redmond, Washington
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45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Although famous for the "upside down trees," the true jewel of this site is the beautiful temperate rain forest. Privately owned, adjacent to Tongass National Forest, the site is fully accessible only by golf cart "limos". Only 6-8 people per vehicle. Viewpoint at top overlooks Gastineau Channel. Our guide, Eli, was funny, informative and he obviously loves what he does,

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SeanKSmith, Public Relations Manager at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure! Juneau is certainly a special place as we are surrounded by beauty everywhere we look. Glacier Gardens has been able to enhance the natural beauty of our area by landscaping non-native plants and flowers that provide a stunning contrast with the dense foliage of the Tongass National Forest backdrop. We’re... More 

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