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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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Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure in Juneau

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We had heard about this before leaving New Zealand and were lucky enough to just have enough time after our arrival in Juneau to catch the last ride and loved it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had heard about this before leaving New Zealand and were lucky enough to just have enough time after our arrival in Juneau to catch the last ride and loved it.

Thank mariposaw
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great time at the rain forest. Jeff and his wife are excellent hosts. They provided information, umbrellas,.snacks, and a.hot drink. The scenery was beautiful and the walk wasn't too long or strenuous.

Thank Natalie R
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We did this as part of a tour with 2 other locations. We arrived and walked to the loading area for the shuttles up the hill. Our group got on the second shuttle (which meant less time when we got back). The drive was through the gardens and the national forest up to a viewing point looking back down towards... More 

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Temple Terrace, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We'd been to Juneau before, so weren't sure what to see on this cruise stop this time. We just randomly chose Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure. What an amazing place. Trees planted upside down with beautiful flowers spilling over the roots. Umbrellas hanging overhead in the shop. We've never seen anything like it, and loved the visual feast.

Thank Ralph W
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The winding trip up the mountain through the rainforest was a fun adventure all the while learning about the trees and flowers. The upside down trees were beautiful and impressive. Each different. The waterfalls and flowers were just beautiful. A trip well worth it if you like flowers. The employees were so nice and accommodating to the two physically handicap... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The gardens were pretty but the experience was a bit overpriced for $25. The disappointing party was that you can't walk up the trails after finishing the cart ride and the gardens themselves are a small area. Guides were very nice however.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a rainy day while we were in Juneau. We had heard about Glacier Gardens previously and bought tickets ahead of time in case it got over run by cruise ship crowds. Luckily it never did during our approx. 2 hour visit. First we took the guided golf cart ride through the rainforest. We thought that part was OK.... More 

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The upside down trees are amazing, and the gardening is impressive. It's worth a trip, even though the cart ride up the mountain can be a bit nerve-wracking. No seat belts, no sides, and a very steep climb. Worth it!

Thank inkybiz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful and amazing! Other than the whale watching, this was our favorite thing during our Juneau trip. Reed (Reid?) was our tour guide. He was so knowledge and just a delight! What these people have done here is so amazing and giving. Fabulous!

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Boston, MA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Glacier Gardens is a bit of a misnomer. The flower gardens are all at the entrance, which gives the misleading impression that you will embark upon a tour of more glorious floral landscaping. Instead, you will be driven in a modified golf cart winding up the side of a mountain while learning everything you ever wanted to know about the... More 

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