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Saxman Native Village

Ketchikan, AK
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Ranked #15 of 20 attractions in Ketchikan
Type: Historic Sites, Parks
Description: This unique park's 24 totem poles each tell a different story.
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Saint Cloud, Florida
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Even though the weather wasn't the best, I found the Village show entertaining. And you can't leave town without seeing the totems. The guides were great in explains the meanings. A must see!

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I went to Saxman on the advice of the attendant at the museum in Ketchikan. Took the city bus there and back. Paid the $5 entrance fee. Interesting totem poles outdoors, and one can see inside the carving building from the outside. Only those who pay for excursions are allowed into the other building--some sort of performance from the sounds... More

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Annaapolis, MD
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75 reviews 75 reviews
22 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

It was definitely not worth seeing. I chose this over the lumber jack show and was very disappointed! First of all, do NOT waste your money on a cruise's separate excursion to see this! We had a little extra time and had to choose between this or the lumberjack show. Picked wrong! The city bus takes you there for $2,... More

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Sydney, Australia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

It was lightly raining as we got on a downtown bus south - packed like sardines! Arrived still raining and was approached about a "cover charge" $5 pp to visit/see the Totem poles which can be SEEN from the street or ship or boat or BUS! Feels like taking the tourist for a ride!!! Having said all that they are... More

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North Carolina
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This has to be THE worst shore excursion EVER. No need in purchasing it through the ship...it will cost WAY TOO MUCH!! We took a city bus for a couple dollars and just as soon as we arrived to the village, and stepped off the bus a chubby man was ready to collect $5.00 entry fee per person. Well, one... More

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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This is one of the largest collections of standing totems in the world. It's true some are replicas, but most are original and in their original spots, or they have been transplanted in and are over 200 years old. You can watch world famous native carvers in action or take in native dancing. I'm really surprised anyone would call this... More

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Lisbon, New York
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73 reviews 73 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Saxman is a nice collection of Totem poles and the brochure is filled with interesting facts about each one. I loved seeing the Lincoln Pole that we had heard so much about in other places. I wish the carver would have been there the day we visited as the viewing would have been great through the large windows of the... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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109 reviews 109 reviews
46 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This is another one of those tourist traps, but this is the worst kind. There is nothing historic here as they make it sound. All of the totems in this small park are replicas or made on site recently. It was a total rip off. We took a taxi there and as soon as we stepped off we were hounded... More

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Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
42 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

This place is a total tourist trap, and none of the totems can be defined as historical in any way. We took a cab to the village from the cruise ship out of curiosity, and as soon as we stepped out of the cab we had to pay to cross onto the reservation. We paid the fee thinking we're about... More

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Burnley, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Visited the village while in Ketchikan where we took a small tourist bus to see the local sites, our driver being a Clan member of the First People which was interesting in itself. He was able to give us information and history about the area and told us about totem poles and what the various pictures etc depict. You can... More

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