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Begich Boggs Visitor Center

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Address: Portage Lake Loop, Girdwood, Anchorage, AK 99587
Phone Number: +1 907-783-2326
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Great place to witness the results of global warming

You can take a boat ride out to see Portage glacier in the distance. Just a few years ago you could take the boat right up to the ice wall but, like all glaciers , it has... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
km9872013
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Round Rock, Texas
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Round Rock, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can take a boat ride out to see Portage glacier in the distance. Just a few years ago you could take the boat right up to the ice wall but, like all glaciers , it has receded. This is a great place to learn about glaciers and what is happening to them.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

My first visit to the Portage Glacier area was back in July 1995 and the Portage Glacier was visible from the Begich Boggs Visitor Center. There was also a lot of floating icebergs then. Having the opportunity to return back for another visit this July, I found that it has changed a lot. You can barely see Portage Glacier and... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

My last visit here was with a group of students during a summer field trip. The staff was helpful and very knowledgable. There is a variety of activities and exhibits, all surrounded in the beauty of Portage Valley.

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Thank KeithMil2
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

Great information available at this modern facility. Years ago you could have had a great view of the Portage Glacier, but now it has receded out of site, around a corner at the far end of the lake.

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Thank OregonScooter
Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

This is always a good place to stop with visitors. It is a lovely building with fantastic views of Portage glacier. It will give you history, geographic info and Alaskan wildlife information all in one stop. We like to sit outside and enjoy the view for a few minutes even when the wind is really blowing. It's lovely. There is... More 

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Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

I have been here at least three times and each time I learned something new. Each time it is sad to see how far the glacier has receded. My first visit many years ago I could see Portage Glacier from the parking lot of the building - no more. The staff is super helpful and the displays are very informative.... More 

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Weston, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

The building is huge and beautiful, just a few minutes away from the first tunnel to Whittier. The lady who helped me was very nice and very willing to help (which is not always the case in visitor centers!). It is also well stocked with maps, brochures and pamphlets. A great place to stop. The bathrooms are great too!

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

Visit this centre if u r in this area ..for all glacier hiking informations ,trails ,maps and very useful advices ..they have exhibits very interesting ..a movie too

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Redding, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

We met some really nice people who volunteer their time there, clean up and just keep things really nice for visitors. Beautiful area....

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

As always when showing Portage Glacier & Lake to visitors, we stopped to visit the well done Begich Boggs center . The exhibits and educational experience is excellent . The only negative is the $5 charge for the short, but informative movie in the theater in the center .

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