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Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary

Wood Road, South Tongass Highway, Ketchikan, AK
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Ranked #13 of 20 attractions in Ketchikan
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We were on a cruise and booked a bear walking tour directly from the sanctuary. We were picked up fifteen minutes prior to our scheduled tour and brought to the sanctuary. We then had to wait an HOUR. The only reason we were given was we were waiting for another tour group. However, it seems like they just didn't want... More

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Fairfield, Ohio
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55 reviews 55 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Okay - maybe others didn't see bears, but we saw 9 bears along this trail! The rainforest was beautiful! We actually saw two mother bears with their cubs! Two cubs climbed trees right in front of us! We were wild with excitement! We saw another bear fish for salmon! It was so cool to see salmon spawning right in front... More

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Conway, South Carolina, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We had a nice walk through the rain forest. The other groups were pretty close to ours but did not disturb us. Tyler was our guide and he was great. We visited an old saw mill and heard many good stories. Feeding the reindeer was fun too and seeing the totem polls being made. Captive wildlife were fun to see.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

It was raining when we visited (well it is a RAINforest!) but we really enjoyed the walk and the knowledge of our guide was excellent. The rainforest is part of the Tongrass National Forest. We saw loads of bald headed eagles in the trees and flying about and we were lucky enough to see a bear take a stroll. The... More

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Bensalem, Pennsylvania
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

While there is a small trail to walk and it is pretty, we didn't see any bears. We did, however, see evidence of recent bear activity and we did see salmon going upstream. There was a zipline overhead that was distracting at times. The most interesting part of the tour was meeting with a totem pole carver and seeing him... More

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Kitchener, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you want a true rain forest experience then go else where. This area was logged out and they only have one tree that us proportedly 600 years old. Between the noise of the zip liners, buses and trucks it was not really a nature walk. They have reindeer penned up that you can feed, but they are not even... More

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York, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This was my second time visiting this "sanctuary". In 2009, I was quite pleased to have visited in the pouring down rain because we saw bears! Bears and bears and more bears! I talked about this place to everyone. We were excited to take my parents here only to find that since our last visit they have added ziplines and... More

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Los Gatos, CA
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

There was a short stroll through the lovely rainforest, then a walk across a marsh next to a salmon hatchery. Look at a lovely old sawmill, then view three raptors who are permanent residents of the rehab center (a gorgeous bald eagle, a quiet red-tailed hawk, and an adorable snowy owl). Last, a brief chat by a traditional totem carver... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We booked the Bear Country and Wildlife Expedition through Princess for $219 per person. When we got to the site, we were given a brief bear safety talk and asked to leave behind all food items to prevent attracting bears. We set off on our walk and immediately came to a set of very nice suspension bridges that provide a... More

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torykorn, General Manager at Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear you had a negative tour experience and we are reevaluating several critiques you have contributed to help make the ultimate tour for our guests. It is our goal to provide each visitor with utmost hospitality, while sharing our knowledge of the beautiful National Tongass Rainforest. With this is mind, there are several precautions and well... More

Ellicott City, Maryland, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Well, the jury is out about this one. Yes, we saw 2 eagles and 1 bear in the wild. We also schools of salmon. Here's the catch: other than the 2 eagles, the bear and the salmon could have been staged. In fact, much of what we saw could have been staged. It's funny how there were baby bear claw... More

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