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Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

50 Main St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6559
+1 907-228-6220
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Something for a relatively small town to be really proud of

This centre is a real education about the Tongass National Park, one of the most significant in... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
BrooksieG
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Melbourne, Australia
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A beautiful center focused on the Tongas National Forest. Very interesting displays, excellent and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
BoboTravlr
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Los Angeles, California
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The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is the gateway to the Tongass National Forest. Located just one block from the cruise ship docks in downtown Ketchikan, you can explore the amazing ecology of the coastal rainforest, connect with the rich cultures of the region's native peoples, enjoy Junior Ranger activities with your kids and experience Alaska's rainforest from the comfort of our theatre through an 18-minute, high-definition film.
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  • Very good36%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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50 Main St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6559
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+1 907-228-6220
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"forest service"
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"tongass national forest"
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"senior pass"
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"parks pass"
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"the national park service"
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"nice exhibits"
in 5 reviews
"great museum"
in 5 reviews
"excellent film"
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"scavenger hunt"
in 7 reviews
"admission fee"
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"natural history"
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"great introduction"
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"cruise ship docks"
in 6 reviews
"couple of hours"
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"walking tour"
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"on display"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This centre is a real education about the Tongass National Park, one of the most significant in North America. It focuses particularly on human interactions with nature and how indigenous Americans lived in harmony with their environment. Whoever conceived of the displays in the centre...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A beautiful center focused on the Tongas National Forest. Very interesting displays, excellent and friendly staff. They honor your park senior pass which saves you about $10. A worthwhile place to spend a few hours if you are not into a lumberjack show.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This stop was very informative for learning about the surrounding forest and ancient history of the Ketchikan area. Enjoyed learning about how the early people lived and survived this harsh climate. The movies that played continuously were interesting and informative on a variety of topics.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

While the lumberjack show near the cruise ships is fun, this wonderful National Park service visitor center is overall the best place to spend some time, plus if you have the America the beautiful senior pass, it's free. (otherwise, I think it might cost $5,...More

1  Thank mothership1
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A good stop for learning more about the area. The video was worthwhile as were the exhibits. A nice thing to do while in town, instead of shopping. Doesn’t take a lot of time. Free admission with national park pass.

1  Thank mrobinsontravels
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a nice museum - but as usual you have to pay and I am not sure that what you see is worth it. Exhibits are sparse and certainly could include more history.

Thank Loren778899
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice exhibits. Not as large as I thought. Kids liked the free scavenger hunt. Rangers friendly and knowledgeable, happy to chat with us. 1-2 hours to go through, at max. Clean restrooms to come back to as you are out shopping.

Thank lillik932
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent displays. Try to time your visit to see the film. Bring your National Parks America the Beautiful card and have your National Parks Passport stamped!

1  Thank 2ndWindTraveller
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Forgot to stop by the center to check it out. Being in Ketchikan for the day from princess cruise lines. The center is run by the national Park service so if you have a USB port corner of the senior card bring it with you...More

1  Thank Maryville425
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Reviewed May 2, 2018

If you are stopping in for a cruise, this is a great place to stop to see what the rest of the Island has to offer. We were able to get out and see the whole island, but I'm sure most don't get the chance....More

Thank BCHOH
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