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Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

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Mendenhall Glacier is easily accessible via roads from the local airport, cruise ship terminal and state ferry terminal. Our facility and lands are managed by the federal government through the United States Forest Service. Federal passes are...more
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End of Glacier Spur Road, Juneau, AK 99801
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Reviewed 4 days ago

When I first visited Mendenhall Glacier, there was no visitor center. Today, visitors to Mendenhall can talk to rangers and experience interactive displays about the glacier. The Visitor Center adds a nice interactive aspect to the Mendenhall experience.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Malcolm S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Excellent exhibits.Theatre was very interesting.Good variety of stock friendly customer service.Informative

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Chrissie2u
Reviewed 6 days ago

Always a breath taking view. Sad to see that the glacier is getting so small but that just means to see it anytime you can!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LittleRussian1236
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Though the glacier in September was not the icy expanse that I expected, it was still majestic and beautiful! I thought that we might see iceburgs but alas, that was not so. The visitor's center is manned by very friendly and knowledgable guides who give...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Miriam W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Glaciers are disappearing we better see them while we can!!! The center has all sorts of interesting info and statistics about global warming and geological formations.....a must see!! Definitely worth the visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sarahterra808
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not the first glacier I see but it was definitely very unique especially in April where the glacier “lagoon” is still sort of frozen but weather not too cold. On a sunny day views were amazing, there is a nice hike that takes you all...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank mahmoudkhafagy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent over an hour inside the visitor center looking at the glacier as well as reading all the displays. The highlight for our kids was touching a piece of the glacier that had calved off earlier. We also enjoyed watching the documentary.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mom_of_3CrazyCABoys
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit and be sure to do the easy hike to nugget falls. Our group of all ages enjoyed the visit.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank ryankski4
Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

The glacier is small and dirty. There are some pretty trails. Overall, the tour isn't worth the price and th here isn't enough to see to occupy a few hours.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank TruthBTold00
Reviewed November 5, 2018 via mobile

The visitors Center is a must see in the area and a great source of information and education for the glacier. It’s a great launch pad for hikes to the glacier

Date of experience: August 2018
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September 10, 2018|
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Response from theresaf817 | Reviewed this property |
Local taxi cab. I rented a car.
August 21, 2018|
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Response from 666cyndyb | Reviewed this property |
Yes, free parking.
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August 12, 2018|
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Response from 791darlan | Reviewed this property |
Yes, in my opinion it's a good idea. And there is an elevator to the center but a short walk to it from the car park .Consider it's a bit far from the docks, about half an hour
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Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center then to Alaska Brewing (2 Replies)
What's the best way to get to the Visitor Center on our own coming off a Disney cruise? Does someone drop off right there or do we need to get dropped off close and then walk a couple of miles? Or should we just do an excursion? Also, what would be the best way to get to the brewery after and how long would the drive take? Would we be better served to get back to the port and then take separate transport to Alaska Brewing? This is all just for 2 adults... Thanks!
June 25, 2018|
Response fromakck95|
The easiest way to do what you want is to take a taxi. That will get you to each location the most convenient way. The cheapest way to do it would be on the transit system. It will require about a 2 mile round trip to the glacier and maybe half a mile round trip to the brewery from the nearest bus stops. Check out Juneau Capital Transit’s web page for info. The brewery is located in the Lemon Creek area, about halfway between the glacier and downtown area. Driving time to the glacier is...More
Shirin K
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in 3 hours? (9 Replies)
Hi We are a group of 11 and will be in Juneau from 12:30 pm to 10 pm on 1st June. We have a glacier landing tour booked for 4:15 pm. We would really like to see a different aspect of the glacier by going to the visitor center. Is this doable between 1 pm and 4 pm? we need to be back at the docks by 4 pm since the tour operator cannot pick us up at the glacier visitor center. And what are my best options for going to the visitor center keeping in mind the group size and timing constraints?...More
May 11, 2016|
Response fromVancouverite67|
Its a bit of a trip up to the Visitor Centre, but its pretty small and quick to tour once you get there. There's several trails around the site that you could spend time walking around and viewing the glacier. We had awful weather the day we were there and didn't walk right up to the glacier, but you would probably need the better part of an hour to walk out there and back if any of your group wanted to do that. As to transport, we rented a car, but I believe there's also a public bus.
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Alaska Itinerary - Thoughts? (3 Replies)
Hello all, After extensive researching and planning I think we have come up with a (tentative) itinerary and I would like to hear anyone's thoughts who has experience here. I am 31 and will be traveling with my mother (60) for her birthday. We are doing a 7 night cruise from Whittier to Vancouver leaving July 4th, and have decided to do a "do it yourself" tour for several days before the cruise (leave from North Carolina June 28th). We aren't "active" but aside from not being in great...More
June 08, 2018|
Response fromMaple_Marshmallows|
It's certainly do-able. You've done a nice job of researching. Consider on Day 4 driving to Seward (2.5 to 3 hrs). You can still do all the activities you listed, but by overnighting in Seward you can do the 7.5 hr. Kenai Fjords cruise with Major Marine OR do the 8 a.m. to 2 pm. Kenai Fjords Tours cruise and then visit SeaLife Center before driving back to Anchorage. Then take the train to Whittier the next day (arrives nicely timed for the afternoon glacier cruises). Also there are...More