Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure

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Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure

Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure
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View the world renowned Flower Towers AND stunning rainforest of the Tongass. Your fully guided tour offers you a unique experience that combines natural landscapes and non-native manicured gardens . The gardens are the creation of Steve and Cindy Bowhay a guide tell you the unforgettable tale of the Flower Towers, named America's Most Interesting Landmark in 2012 Reader's Digest. Bright floral arrangements and elegant landscapes complement the natural beauty of the rainforest and the cascading waterfalls nearby. At the 580 ft level you will find an amazing panoramic viewpoint of Juneau, and the Chilkat Mountains. You return to the lower gardens in the Visitor's Center atrium and hanging flower gardens ! The Visitor's Center features a live video feed aimed at an active bald eagles nest that is found on the property. You can find online at our website as well. The Garden Gift Shop sells garden specific gifts and the Garden Cafe serves drinks, and light snacks.
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Carl L
13 contributions
This tour, about an hour, goes up a mountain in an open air tram. The flowers are unusually planted. Then the rain forest woods are majestic and the air so pure. The view at the top is awesome. Our guide, Russell was a blast and so enthusiastic.
Written August 8, 2021
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GlacierGardens
Thank you for your wonderful review, Russell is one of my best drivers he is so knowlegable about the rainforest and Southeast Alaska. Having you remember his name made him feel quite special to be part of your Alaskan expirence. Juneau appreciates all the wonderful visitors who have come and supported us.
Written August 13, 2021
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DAVID C
4 contributions
Very nice unexpected tour experience at Glacier Gardens. Our group had a bald eagle fly overhead near us while at the observation platform area. The eagle made several passes over the viewing platform which surprised our group.
Written August 2, 2021
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GlacierGardens
Thank you, we are so glad you had a good time visiting us at the Gardens. The eagles new you would appreciate them, thats why they show up for you! We live in such a wonderful and beautiful world, we're so glad you came and enjoyed our small part of Alaska. Your wonderful review made my Day!
Written August 6, 2021
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Wanderer5868
1 contribution
Must See! if you want an adventure this is the place to go. Get ready to snap pictures left and right. first you begin your tour with a trip through the lower gardens, then go in to the wonderfull tongass rain forest. lovely view of the town of Juneau Alaska once you get to the top. Must See While in Juneau!
Written November 18, 2003
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NeilMyrie
Wellington, New Zealand22 contributions
This is a really beautiful and unique garden and the view from the top of the hill is spectacular. We have marked down our review because the tour guide, Alex, gave an irritating commentary all the way filled with bad jokes after each one of which he'd say "you're a tough crowd". After hearing that for at least 20 times it was very tedious. The tour is also expensive for what it is and the garden's star, attractions, the upside down trees in the lower garden, can be sen without going on the tour
Written August 13, 2022
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marypoppins913
San Francisco, CA5 contributions
We went to Glacier Gardens expecting (for the price) something like a small Butchart Gardens and were so disappointed to find that the most interesting thing there was building where you buy your way overpriced admission ticket. The rest is a fraud. You speed up the mountain in a golf cart to look at a view which you can get from any number of places for free. The guides just give a speech they know by heart and are unable to answer the most basic questions if they aren't part of the memorized speech. The whole thing is basically contrived to hoodwink the cruise passengers. I feel annoyed with myself for falling for it but after 7 days in Juneau I had seen most of the truly valuable things to see. Save your money for something else.
Written July 28, 2010
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Are J
Newcastle, Canada261 contributions
Couples
I would be remiss if I didn't offer a review of our visit to Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventures. My wife and I booked a last minute Alaskan Cruise less than two weeks before sailing south in June on the HAL MS Noordam from Seward to Vancouver.

Aware that two days before our Juneau stop we would be sailing in Glacier Bay and not knowing ahead of time what the weather would be like and wanting to spend some time exploring downtown Juneau rather than flying to yet another glacier at great expense, my wife found Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventures. With a little research online we discovered that Juneau's Capital Transit Bus Service at $2.00 each one way drops you off just steps from Glacier Gardens...$8 bus ride for two round trip plus Gardens admission which we paid upon arrival!

Some beautiful upside down trees with hanging gardens. Bus Routes 3 or 4 and the buses will drop you off for a hike to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center if you haven't seen enough ice and snow!

An added bonus to Juneau public transit is that one gets a flavour of the Juneau "Burbs" including stops at Bartlett Regional Hospital and a quick glimpse of Lemon Creek Correctional Center :)

Regardless an interesting and economical cruise ship shore alternative to swimming with whales and seals and pretending to be Luke Glacier Walker and well worth the visit!
Written November 6, 2017
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Tarkle
North Carolina48 contributions
We pulled into Glacier Gardens and saw all the upside down trees with flowers in them. They were beautiful. Maybe the sign saying don't photograph until you pay the admission fee should have been a tip. Because after the flowers, there was nothing to see. We went up the mountain into the Tongas rainforest, which you will see all over Alaska and don't need to pay to see. They took us up in a golf cart that we weren't sure would go up the hill. The kid driving it was turning around talking to us and I was sure it was going to be the end of the road for us. They're wasn't actually anything to see when we got up there other than the back of Fred Meyers food store and Juneau Airport. Luckily, we used our Alaska Tour Saver book so it only cost us $25 instead of $50. My advice would be to skip it. See the photo of the flowers I have attached. I just saved you some money.
Written July 6, 2009
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carolinanorte
Chapel Hill, NC155 contributions
We were advised by 3 different sets of local residents to tour Glacier Gardens as an alternative to Mt Roberts Tramway. Boy, are we glad we took their advice. The concept of land reclamation is visionary, and the AmeriCorps volunteers who guide your tour and work the site are inspirational!
Written November 25, 2006
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Bill M
Gardnerville, NV189 contributions
Friends
We weren't sure what to expect; but, we were all pleasantly surprised by how entertaining this was. You don't walk this tour, they drive you through the garden and up the mountain and explain everything as you go. It is absolutely beautiful and worth the visit.
Written September 22, 2014
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Two_2_Nomads
United Kingdom38 contributions
Couples
Have to agree with others who gave this place a poor review. We felt incredibly ripped off by our visit. As others have said - there are pretty flowers at the entrance and the rest is a fairly uninspiring golf cart ride through the forest. Would have much preferred to have gone for an independent walk elsewhere through the forest. An overpriced, uninspiring and time-wasting destination - steer clear!
Written September 19, 2014
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