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Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure

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Address: 7600 Glacier Hwy, 7 Mi From Downtown Cruise Docks, 1 Mi From the Airport, Juneau, AK 99801-7911
Phone Number: 19077903377
9:00 am - 6:00 am
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

View the world renowned Flower Towers AND indulge your senses in the...

View the world renowned Flower Towers AND indulge your senses in the naturally stunning temperate rainforest of the Tongass National Forest (tour provided in cooperation with the United States Forest Service). Juneau's most colorful bright spot offers fully guided tours and self-guided walking paths for all types of nature enthusiasts. Your fully guided tour offers you a unique and fascinating garden experience that combines natural landscapes and non-native manicured gardens to create a dramatic contrast of colors and nature. Travel on board a guided tour through Juneau's temperate rainforest in covered vehicles while learning about native plant species such as Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock trees, devil's club, and skunk cabbage. No tour gives you easier access to the gorgeous Tongass atmosphere. The vast gardens are the creation of Steve and Cindy Bowhay and their family over the past 18 years. Your guide explain the Glacier Gardens story and tell you the unforgettable tale of the Flower Towers, which were named as America's Most Interesting Landmark in a 2012 Reader's Digest issue. Grab your map or join one of our driver guides as you venture into the rugged and unforgiving Tongass habitat where we, or your map, will explain about the history of this property and highlight the interesting characteristics of this rare temperate forest environment. Bright floral arrangements and elegantly designed landscapes complement the natural beauty of the towering temperate rainforest and the cascading waterfalls bubbling nearby. At the 580 ft level of our property you will find an amazing cliff-side panoramic viewpoint where the thick forest gives way to a sweeping view of Juneau, including views of the Mendenhall Valley, Gastineau Channel, Douglas Island, and the Chilkat Mountains. You return to the lower gardens where you can spend more time meandering the grounds and indulging in the Visitor's Center atrium filled with even more floral structures, such as the heart shaped impatience and hanging flower gardens - some petunias stretch to up to 12 feet long! The Visitor's Center features a live video feed from a camera aimed at an active bald eagles nest that is found on the property. You can find the feed online at our website as well. The Garden Gift Shop sells garden specific gifts like the wildflower-seed packets that you can plant at home, and the Garden Cafe serves espresso drinks, beverages, and light snacks and a must have blueberry hot chocolate.

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A gem right outside of Juneau.. a must see

So we went here and as we were getting out of the shuttle an employee came running up and told us it was closed because the upper road was washed out from the previous days 5" of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

So we went here and as we were getting out of the shuttle an employee came running up and told us it was closed because the upper road was washed out from the previous days 5" of rain. She offered to see if we could walk around the lower gardens and went to find the owner. The owner came out... More 

Thank packmybagsreadytogo
Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is one of the absolutely prettiest places in Alaska, and probably right up there with the best botanical gardens I've ever seen, in my honest opinion. It's wilder than you think of a standard botanical garden being, working with the native rainforest, and with lots of cascades of flowering plants in their favorite kind of arrangement- the top... More 

Thank Grace A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I visited this garden during a cruise to alaska, an excursion well worth it.....a fascinating story behind it and a great place to shop for unusual items.....

Thank Simone M
Claresholm, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting story about how the idea for the hanging garden came about. This garden will appeal to anyone with an interest in gardening. The view from the look out is just a bonus

Thank Oakley11
Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's not possible to sum up a review with a few words but one that pops to mind is LUSH. There is a garden atrium, flower towers and over 50,000 blooming flowers that are planted by hand every touring season throughout the lower part of the garden; as well as the beauty of the natural forest and the jaw dropping... More 

Thank S R
Baltimore, Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There was absolutely nothing adventuresome about it! The only thing glacier about it was it was on the way back to town from the Mendenhall glacier. It merely was a ride through the woods on an oversized golf cart that culminated in an overlook with views of Juneau. This was part of a shore excursion, so when i found out... More 

Thank Karen R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of our stops in a shore excursion. Guides were excellent. The gardens were gorgeous. The views from the top of the mountain were just beautiful. A great place to visit.

Thank GrisGrisNewYork
Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this attraction in mid Sept. It was interesting to learn about the history and see the tower trees. The ride through the rainforest in the golf carts was very pretty. The lookout point was excellent. The guides they hired were very knowledgeable and loved their jobs. The greenhouse setting would be wonderful for a wedding. The cruise ship... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in Juneau for a week and visited this attraction on a cool, damp day. As we were the only independent visitors at that time, we got a private tour of the gardens and rainforest. First a tour with a history lesson of the lower gardens which were pretty, though getting to the end of the season (around 9/9/16).... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This site was included as part of a cruise ship tour we booked. Glacier Gardens lead me to believe I was visiting a garden site near the Mendenhall ... but no, we were shuttled quickly from our glacial visit 15 minutes offsite. They started the visit by showing us upsidedown trees with garden flowers planted in the roots overhead. My... More 

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