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Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary

Wood Road, South Tongass Highway, Ketchikan, AK
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Ranked #12 of 20 attractions in Ketchikan
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Ellicott City, Maryland, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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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Warminster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Pretty nice day, a little disappointed in the lack of wildlife. The area is very senic. Watch an older gentleman working a pole. Got a chance to talk with him for a while. What a great man, it was honor to listen to him tell the story of the totem pole he was currently working.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Be prepared for rain (after all this is a rainforest). Most of us don't think about Alaska having a rainforest, but this is a typical rainforest. We had hoped to see animals, but they weren't cooperating the day of our visit. The guide was good a knowledgeable. The bird rehab center was interesting, but not spectacular. Getting to meet and... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

This rainforest hike exceeded my expectations. And I used to be a nature interpreter! I loved the guided hike and learning more about AK flora and fauna. We saw lots of bald eagles including a juvenile perched close by. Bear tracks. Lots of plants--lichens, devil's club, chocolate lily. I also enjoyed the bird rehab project and the totem carver. Really... More

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Pearland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The walk through the sanctuary forest was incredible and our guide, Sheila, was great! Besides the shear beauty of the lush, green forest, we got to see a bear den (empty of course, but was used over the winter by a mamma and cubs), a banana slug, bald eagles, signs of bears (clawed bark, stomped down grass, tracks) and our... More

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Dallas, Texas
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I have to say I really enjoyed this tour. I wish I could remember the young man who was our tour guide...he was so I formative, Interesting and very amusing. We started of with a meander through the Rainforest which is gentle enough for everybody, the scenery was beautiful, different colours of greens....just gorgeous. Plenty of bear scat but no... More

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Wilmington, Delaware
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We extremely disappointed in this extremely expensive walk. There was no way we could see bears. The zip-line was overhead with those participants screaming in delight for the zip-line. A damn was being built where the bears normally feasted. The walkway was dried out so it was very noisy. I contacted the cruise line twice and received a perfunctory letter... More

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

Thank you for your feedback. I am very sorry to hear of your experience with us last summer. We are a multi-use facility with two zip line tours on our property, but the associated bear viewing is unaffected by the activity far overhead. I do sincerely apologize for any construction last summer, but there was a hydroelectric project that was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Thankfully we didn't have any bears running around, or we'd have to walk around on the platforms. It was a bit sad that we didn't really see any wildlife other than eagles, but the bald eagles were plentiful. The Alaskan rainforest is a beautiful place. It wasn't that rough to walk and didn't seem like we walked a mile. Definitely... More

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Summerland Key, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We had the sweetest young man guide us through the park. He was very knowledgeable and a local. I always like the tours where the guides are local. We encountered lots of wildlife, including several bald eagles, they had a couple of reindeer they were nursing back to health as they don't live this far south, we saw a bear... More

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Medicine Hat, Canada
13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I found this walk was really easy and that anybody could do it. Walking through the rain forest was a great experience even though it was short lived. There were many eagles and a few other birds in the forest and as we came out of the forest we were able to watch as 3 bears wondered through the grass,... More

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