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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
Phone Number: +1 907-790-3377
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Description: View the world renowned Upside Down Flower Towers only at Glacier Gardens...
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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My family did a cruise to Alaska and this was a highlight of our trip. Who would have thought that rain-forests were in Alaska!?! Not me, worth the trip

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Salinas, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We toured these beautiful gardens today! What a find, a must for everyone that is visiting Juneau!! Very delightful staff, a special thank you to Reid, our guide! Thank you Steve for sharing your creations!

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Juneau, Alaska
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153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I go there every year. This is a little paradise in Alaska. Not only they have Exotic upside down trees filled with flowers on their tops, they have lots of flower beds, waterfalls, ponds and bird nests. They even grow Palm trees there - in alaska! This is A MUST see place in Juneau after the Mendenhall Glacier and Mt.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

My family did a cruise to Alaska and this was a highlight of our trip. Who would have thought that rain-forests were in Alaska!?! Not me, worth the trip

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Dallas, Texas
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

It's been almost 10 years since we took an Alaska cruise and visited Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, and I still remember how awesome it was! I highly recommend taking this tour if you get the opportunity. The flower colors are amazing, and you might forget you are still in Alaska.

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Juneau, Alaska
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153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This is attraction #2 in Juneau after the Mendenhall glacier (#1). It's gorgeous. The only place in the world where you can see upside down trees! It's hard to believe that the gardens are growing at the place where there was only glacier. So beautiful! I go back every season. Can't wait for another one. Don't miss it, if you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Excellent quirky guide who knew his plants and geology. ..recommended. also a nice cup of tea and cakes available after the tour of the forest. If anyone did not appreciate this gardentit would be related to their own ignorance of the plants and geographical interest which was very informative.

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Gardnerville, Nevada
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We weren't sure what to expect; but, we were all pleasantly surprised by how entertaining this was. You don't walk this tour, they drive you through the garden and up the mountain and explain everything as you go. It is absolutely beautiful and worth the visit.

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Tracy, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

It was cold and rainy the day we where there. That being said the gardens flowers and presentation was very nice. The upside down trees were a good thought and are certainly unique' The golf cart ride through the forest left something to be desired. A good overall presentation.

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Hamilton, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The Glacier Gardens established by the uniquely tireless efforts of their founder Steve Bowhay and his wife Cindy, are a veritable miracle in the heart of the Southeast Alaska. The tour in the Glacier Gardens excitingly combines the cultivated fantasy-themed unusual garden creations with the quirks of wild forest and diverse nature. The ride to the top of the mountain,... More 

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United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Have to agree with others who gave this place a poor review. We felt incredibly ripped off by our visit. As others have said - there are pretty flowers at the entrance and the rest is a fairly uninspiring golf cart ride through the forest. Would have much preferred to have gone for an independent walk elsewhere through the forest.... More 

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