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Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure

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Address: 7600 Glacier Highway, 7 Mi From Downtown Cruise Docks, 1 Mi From the Airport, Juneau, AK 99801
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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Amazing garden

We were told by our cruise guy that the gardens were better than the tram ride. We didn't do the tram ride so can't compare, but the gardens were amazing. You ride up a steep hill... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were told by our cruise guy that the gardens were better than the tram ride. We didn't do the tram ride so can't compare, but the gardens were amazing. You ride up a steep hill to a marvelous viewpoint of Juneau and then travel back down to the gardens and tea rooms. The plants, flowers and hanging baskets were... More 

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New Berlin, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed the golf cart narrated ride through the gardens and Tongass National Forest. I had expected to be able to walk through the gardens but was not laid out for walking.

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Worthington, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our family booked this excursion on the Princess cruise lines. It was phenomenal! Our tour guide, Alex, greeted us with a smile and a pleasant demeanor. So accommodating. She was full of information on the tour,but not too much where it was annoying. My family learned so much about Alaska terrain, salmon, and whales. Could not have asked for a... More 

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Garland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We never got hard rain, but on and off again sprinkles. It was a great tour and loved being outside in the beautiful gardens.

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Mechanicsville, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We chose this activity as an off shore excursion on our cruise. This was a beautiful excursion. The Mendenhal Glacier and the hanging gardens were breathtaking. I had never seen anything like it. The guide was very informative, travel was comfortable. For the price it was a very nice day. I wish we had more time in port to see... More 

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New Iberia, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the gardens as part of a Carnival Legend's ship excursion. It is beautiful & amazing as others have said. There's a shuttle ride up to 600 ft. in some excellent vehicles but it can be a little scary for those of us from the flat lands. Sit on an inside seat if you don't like heights. Our driver... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a beautiful place! It was fun, the scenery was beautiful and the staff were friendly and informative. I really enjoyed it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just as others have exclaimed about, I was fascinated by the huge planters made from inverted spruce trees. Unless a photo had people in the shot, it would be difficult to understand the scale of these planters. And they were so colorful. You just have to see it for yourself. We were also shown an active Bald Eagle's nest way... More 

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Dowagiac, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Glacier Gardens as a shore excursion while on an Alaskan cruise. What a remarkable experience. There were flowers everywhere which are dug up for the winter and kept in a greenhouse for replanting the following spring. The most amazing displays were dead, upside down trees used as planters. The guide was great. We not only learned about the... More 

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Surprise, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fun trip through some very beautiful gardens and of course the upside down tree which is amazing. Breath-taking view of the city.

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