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Juneau Rainforest Garden

10 1/2 Mi. Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801 (Formerly Green Angel Gardens)
+1 907-209-5050
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Ranked #18 of 25 attractions in Juneau
Type: Trails, Gardens
Owner description: NO UPSIDE DOWN TREES HERE ONLY ALASKA NATURE UP CLOSE!!! Juneau Rainforest Garden is the original botanical garden in Juneau that focuses on... more » Owner description: NO UPSIDE DOWN TREES HERE ONLY ALASKA NATURE UP CLOSE!!! Juneau Rainforest Garden is the original botanical garden in Juneau that focuses on identifying and discussing Native use of SE Alaska indigenous vegetation (ethnobotany). The 1000 foot temperate rainforest trail winds through incredible diversity of bog, meadow and mature forest. Enjoy seasonal wildflowers, huge skunk cabbage, forget-me-nots (State flower) and moss covered rainforest floor under canopy of Western Hemlock and Sitka Spruce (State tree). Umbrellas are provided. Trail is self guided with information brochure and placards, street shoe accessible and can accommodate those with limited mobility. Refreshments are served under a 70 foot pavilion displaying natural science Alaskana while owners host Q & A. This intimate venue is offered in combination with Mendenhall Glacier and Mount Roberts Tramway. 2014 Princess Cruises - Tour JNU-130 2014 Holland America - Grand Tour of Juneau « less
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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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104 reviews 104 reviews
46 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

It was nice and the owners are very nice and stewards of the land they manage. There is a little trail with guidebook illustrating the plants. In June there were a lot of flowers, but there were beautiful wildflowers elsewhere. I would go again if I had time to spare.

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Caloundra, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

we toured this garden on a shore excursion from a cruise ship, the walk takes all of 5-10 minutes, and there was nothing but trees... the same trees growing across all of Alaska. i confused this with the Glacier rainforest gardens. was dissapointed. the Americans have the peculiar habit of flavoring tea with strange tastes, this place was no exception

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Lufkin, Texas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Some how I confused this garden with Glacier gardens when I booked this excursion on my cruise. We had a short 30 minute visit to walk the trail with a paper guide provided by the owner that listed the name of the tree & plants on the path. It was way to early in the Spring for any blooming flowers... More

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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This was part of a shore excursion we took. It was a little early in the season to see anything in bloom. But it was a nice short walk. The flora that was there was beautiful and interesting. The hosts were lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed the tea and muffins.

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Chicago Burbs
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23 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

It's not a curated botanic garden as much as a trail with some placards and a number keyed map highlighting the natural flora of the rainforest. There was no narrated tour for our group, it was self-guided. We had this as part of a cruise shore excursion. As such, we didn't have all the time we'd have liked to read... More

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Las Vegas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This is not a National Geographic expedition. There is an adventurous component, but it's minimal and you should come to be entertained. They do a great job of packaging and selling this experience, and if you're a grumpy person constantly picking holes in your guide's story, you're not going to enjoy the experience very much. As in written fiction, there... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

One of my favorite experiences in Juneau. Very educational and entertaining; included 20 minute walk through rain forest with informational placards and then we were treated to refreshments while owners gave extensive natural science and Alaska history talk. Would recommend for people who want an environmental and educational experience.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

We experienced Alaska at its most personal level as we slowly walked through Rainforest Garden. The interpretive cultural information provided along the trail was intriguing. We not only knew what the plants were, we knew how the natives used them. We were transformed as we emerged from the trail--this is nature at it's best. You can tell the owners Jane... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We wouldn't have come to this place had it not been offered along with the Mendenhall Glacier excursion from our cruise. So, I don't know what the extra cost was to make this stop, but if it was more than $5, it was too much. Yes, the trail was beautiful, but a five minute, 1000 foot walk in the woods... More

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La Paz, Mexico
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45 reviews 45 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

I would not have included a visit here were it not included in the "price of admission" on the cruise tour. It was a delight. The owners have worked hard to preserve and maintain this sight. Plants, trees, wildflowers, are identified and cared for. I especially liked the explanation and discussion that followed. The tea was great and the muffins... More

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