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Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure

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Address: 7600 Glacier Highway, 7 Mi From Downtown Cruise Docks, 1 Mi From the Airport, Juneau, AK 99801
Phone Number: 9077903377
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View the world renowned Upside Down Flower Towers only at Glacier...

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.

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A Ride in A Rainforest

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 28, 2015
Jackson, New Jersey
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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 NEW

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.

the sea ranch
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

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.

Jackson, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 NEW

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

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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Redmond, Washington
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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,

Sliema, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Walking through the rain forest with our well informed guide was enchanting and complemented the natural beauty of the forest.

Torrance, California
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

After touring a rainy Mendenhall Glacier NP, we were really surprised by this garden. It exceeded our expectations on this rainy day. The upside down trees with hanging plants, the colorful ponds, the hanging baskets all viewed in a covered tram. Topped off by some hot huckleberry chocolate. A must see.

Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

we took this trip as an excursion from the Ruby Princess. What a treat! This place has a magical forest filled with upside down trees...root balls are filled with stunning hanging plants. Because it's a temperate rain forest, and they clearly have GREEN thumbs, everything grows like crazy. Beautiful forest with a fun trip to a scenic lookout area. Bring... More 

Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

These upside down trees are fascinating...would love to have this in my garden This is an inspiring place to visit as you see the history and background of this couple that have put this together. I believe they started in the 70s'. It offers a wonderful sanctuary of colours and beautiful gardens to view amist a variety of weather conditions

Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

This was a great experience to see so much beautiful colours. The area is so well maintained and put together by the owners. It was a rainy gray day and it was uplifting to see the view from the top of the mountain and all the colours from the flowers inside the green house. Beautiful area! These upside down trees... More 


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