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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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I seriously did not expect a rainforest in Alaska!!! It was an amazing trip despite the fact that it was raining. The upside down trees were unique and the flowers were so pretty... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I seriously did not expect a rainforest in Alaska!!! It was an amazing trip despite the fact that it was raining. The upside down trees were unique and the flowers were so pretty. The jeep ride up to the top of the hill was interesting, kudos to the driver/guide who expertly manoeuvred round the sharp bends along the way and... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

At $25 per person admission, this is a steep price to pay for a "garden" that is more appropriate for weddings and that's it! The extent of the tour is taking a ride up a mountain in a golf cart. On the way, you will be told about all of the exciting berry bushes and "look out" for squirrels -... More 

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Horn Lake, Mississippi, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had read about Glacial Gardens and its owner, Steve before booking this tour. I was not disappointed. The gardens are absolutely beautiful. Our guides held our attention explaining both the history and the upkeep of the gardens as well as the various plants that are there. We got a taste of some fall foliage as well as blooming plants.... More 

Thank Carol C
Bo'ness Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gardens forest and views are great. Escorted on a small buggy or larger vehicle suitable for the Forrest terrain with a running commentary about the gardens and forest. The upside down trees that are planted are really unusual and beautiful. Nice shop and cafe at the entrance

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Sussex, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were on a Disney Cruise and purchased a tour package that covered the Bus tour to the Glacier/Falls and the Glacier Gardens Rainforest. Thankfully, the Gardens was our first stop. We unloaded the bus, walked into an open area where a guide explained the history of the gardens, they are recognized for taking trees and inserting them into the... More 

Kenmore, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place to see Alaska al natural. Good tram tours and guides. Great green house. If your into gardens then go here.

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Juneau, AK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter and I took the tour and the ride up the mountain. Magical upside down trees with magenta flowers cascading from the tops. The 180 degree view from the summit of the mountain included Gastineau Channel and the Valley and golf course.

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Middlebury, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I saw photos of the upside-down trees in this garden on the internet a few years ago and had to see them, but it took a while to find out where in the world they were located. They are so easy to get to on the #3 or #4 bus from Juneau (much cheaper than a paid excursion from the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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