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Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure

7600 Glacier Hwy, 7 Mi From Downtown Cruise Docks, 1 Mi From the Airport, Juneau, AK 99801-7911
+1 907-790-3377
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Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure in Juneau
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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7600 Glacier Hwy, 7 Mi From Downtown Cruise Docks, 1 Mi From the Airport, Juneau, AK 99801-7911
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+1 907-790-3377
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We loved the upside down trees planted with annuals. What the owners have done to restore this property is amazing. Visionary and backbreaking.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited this rain forest in June 2018. Some highlights of this experience: the park had spectacular view overlooking the Juneau airport at the top of rain forest, the gift shop area had very pretty flowers hanging in the pots at the start of tour. Enjoyed...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

The highlight of the tour is literally the upside tree stumps that they have transformed into planters. I took this as part of an excursion off a cruise. We arrived and took a two minute walk basically up to where they put us on large...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

The flowers are too beautiful to describe! These gardens are spectacular and well worth the time for a visit. There is also a small gift shop and snack bar to visit.

Thank MomSmith1981
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We toured the gardens on Wed. 6/13/18 and had a wonderful time. Our tour guide, Russell, even gave us a short off-road experience as we approached the peak of the mountain. We now call that section of the trail "Russell's Ridge". Kudos to the staff...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

I was very happy and still am at visiting Glacier Gardens during May 16th. Everyone was welcoming and genuinely kind. Geno and Chris were my tour guides. I enjoyed the beautiful tree gardens and the fresh tempature of the Forest. I am an avid bird...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were fascinated at the photos of the upside down trees, so we booked this excursion. It was interesting to hear of their reclaiming project and the scenery was beautiful, but not as impressive as I had hoped. I did appreciate the snack bar for...More

Thank Cindy B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the narrated ride through the forest to the top of the mountain. Our tour guide did excellent job explaining things in the forest and how this place started. When we got to the top of mountain she lets out to see the views...More

Thank dking28
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is so beautiful and romantic, I had the pleasure of getting down on one knee and asking the girl I love to marry me in front of a beautiful display of flowers. Staff was very accommodating and nice. Will love to visit this...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So it's been said before but the are upside down trees with plants planted on the bottom/top. That's not all. There are beautiful gardens and a deck that you are brought to via golf cart. Everyone is gracious and you get to hear about the...More

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Vincent S
January 16, 2018|
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Response from GlacierGardens | Property representative |
Hello Vincent, Thanks for your interest in Glacier Gardens. There is a cafe with snack foods, some and cold lunch items, and coffees and cold beverages for our guests convenience. Please let me know if you have any more... More
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Judy A
May 6, 2016|
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Response from GlacierGardens | Property representative |
Hi Judy - Thanks for your interest in the Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure tour in Juneau. You are welcome to arrive on your own through the city bus and walk-in for a tour. There will be a 15 minute wait as we get your... More
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