Totem Bight State Historical Park

Totem Bight State Historical Park

Totem Bight State Historical Park
4.5
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • Brooke S
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Totems at Bight and Kawantis Zipline
    Had a great day in Ketchikan...totems at Bight park then ziplining with Kawantis Adventures. Only hitch was the silver line bus, which was very prompt, left from a stop across the street from the bus station and we missed it. It doesn't stop at the Rock. (Uber was $50) Also, there is a Token Transit App to buy your tickets ahead of time. App says they are only good for 1/2 hr so time your travels well. Kawantis zipline was awesome! Van pickup no surprises. Well organized.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Pam M
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A interesting cultural experience.
    This was a very interesting cultural experience. Full of educational value!! I love history and historical things. It's amazing how people think. The reasons why they do the things they do. It was beautiful as well. It would be a nice place to go to relax. If I lived there on a regular basis I would spend a lot of time there.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 26, 2023
  • 708Robin
    West Sussex, United Kingdom1,474 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take the Totem Pole tour
    A short bus trip from the town, we went on a guided tour which was excellent. We had a university student take us round the park, explaining the history of various totem pole around the park and the stories behind each carving. The totems were either carved in the 1930s or the 1990s and they is a master carver.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 27, 2023
  • JHaseSF
    San Francisco, California14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rethink Totem Bight if you are docked at Ward Cave
    The park was interesting but not a WOW experience. If you are on a NCL like I was, I would avoid this attraction. NCL ships are docked in Ward Cove - a 30 minute bus ride to downtown and more like an hour if you include wait times. If you go to Totem Bight Park, which is on the opposite side of ship as downtown, you will have barely any time to see downtown Ketchikan. Downtown Ketichican is larger than most of the other Alaskan port towns, and we were very bummed we didnt have time to get to Creek Street with its unique architecture and abundant salmon run.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 1, 2023
  • Ann H
    York, United Kingdom2,437 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place - even in the rain!
    We did a guided tour of this beautiful park from our cruise ship and went by bus from the centre of the town. Our tour guide and driver was a university student on her summer vacation and was brilliant for our tour. We learnt so much about the history of totem poles, how they are carved and with what materials. Each one tells a story which was explained to us very enthusiastically and we really felt that we had a valuable experience. There are toilets and a shop on the site and we had a lovely time. Would recommend a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
  • Margie W
    Lamar, Missouri7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Economical Excursion
    I was on a cruise and decided to explore on my own. I caught the silverline public bus across the street in front of the Alaska Coffee Company for $2.00 each way (exact cash). The park had a machine to pay $5.00 for the park entry. The paths to the totems were gorgeous. The totem poles, clan house, and general area were interesting. It is a small park. We were able to see the park and be back for the bus in one hour. I am glad I did not pay for a tour. I road the bus back to the cruise port but went past the port and got off at Creek Street and walked around. The short walk to port was then down hill and easy. It was a nice trip.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 24, 2024
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stork90
Mount Juliet, TN1,393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
We had the park to ourselves on a rainy June morning (probably thanks to COVID). As the one tip noted, definitely bring a rain jacket, and if you have it, rain pants and waterproof shoes help keep you more comfortable. We thought the signage was really pretty thorough, and we were able to download the guide to the park (from Alaska parks website) to a phone, since the visitor center wasn't open. This gave us explanations of the numbered totem poles.

What a peaceful and beautiful place! Easy to get to by city bus (Silver line), and they run only hourly. This was the perfect amount of time for a leisurely visit to take photos, read all the signs and wander the trail.
Written June 19, 2020
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Morag
Fairbanks, AK126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The totems were beautiful and the plaques to learn about them were very informative. We took the silver line bus here from downtown (arrives at quarter past the hour) and took the bus back (departs 13 past the hour). This worked great.
Written June 7, 2022
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RealWelshAle
Monroe, GA108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Really enjoyed my visit to this park. Small but interesting and takes maybe about an hour to see but you could stay longer. Easy and cheap to get to with a straight forward 25 min public bus ride for a $6 round trip, with buses running every hour.

Great Totem poles and main common house to visit. Great photo ops and I liked walking along the beach and seeing the long uncut logs. Tag onto a visiting tour party from one of the cruises if you want to hear more about the totems and park history but easy to get to yourself.
Written May 27, 2022
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Bnizzle76
Indianapolis, IN543 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
We took the Silver Line public bus from downtown, $2.00 per psgr. O/W and the bus drops you in the park- driver very friendly and helpful. Be sure and ask what time he will pick you up, I think 13mins after the hour. Stayed about 60-90 mins, you can walk the trail and read the descriptions on the signs. The morning we visited it was an ‘honor system’ to leave $5 per person in an envelope in a mailbox. Beautiful sunny day, and well kept trails. Loved learning about the totems!
Written August 1, 2022
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Scott P
Snohomish, WA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
My wife and I loved looking at the totem poles and the clan house. It was a fascinating experience in a lovely setting. All that is required to get there is a 15 minute bus ride north for $2 per person. Well worth it!
Written July 20, 2021
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Brooke S
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Had a great day in Ketchikan...totems at Bight park then ziplining with Kawantis Adventures. Only hitch was the silver line bus, which was very prompt, left from a stop across the street from the bus station and we missed it. It doesn't stop at the Rock. (Uber was $50) Also, there is a Token Transit App to buy your tickets ahead of time. App says they are only good for 1/2 hr so time your travels well. Kawantis zipline was awesome! Van pickup no surprises. Well organized.
Written June 26, 2023
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Mustang X
Dallas, NC85 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
We took this tour as part of a Holland American excursion. It was interesting to see all the totems and our guide did a fantastic job of explaining them. We also saw a show of the natives doing songs and dance. That was very cool. It definitely felt like it was catering to an older crowd. I don’t think younger kids would enjoy it.
Written January 15, 2023
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708Robin
West Sussex, UK1,474 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
A short bus trip from the town, we went on a guided tour which was excellent. We had a university student take us round the park, explaining the history of various totem pole around the park and the stories behind each carving. The totems were either carved in the 1930s or the 1990s and they is a master carver.
Written July 27, 2023
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TarHeelTravelers3
Raleigh, NC26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We had not booked an excursion for this short cruise stop. We wanted to see authentic totem poles. The state park is easily accessible via public bus from down town; across the street and down the block from visitors center. Catch the Silver Line public bus on Front street just past dock street. Runs every hour. Cost is $2 per person, exact change (cash). Admission to the park is $5 pp. there are self guide brochures in a box behind the admissions kiosk and informative signs. There are about a dozen totem poles and potlach house on a loop trail on the water front. Takes an hour or less to your. On return bus (runs every hour), driver directed us to switch to the free shuttle to reach cruise dock.
Written June 2, 2023
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Margie W
Lamar, MO7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I was on a cruise and decided to explore on my own. I caught the silverline public bus across the street in front of the Alaska Coffee Company for $2.00 each way (exact cash). The park had a machine to pay $5.00 for the park entry. The paths to the totems were gorgeous. The totem poles, clan house, and general area were interesting. It is a small park. We were able to see the park and be back for the bus in one hour. I am glad I did not pay for a tour. I road the bus back to the cruise port but went past the port and got off at Creek Street and walked around. The short walk to port was then down hill and easy. It was a nice trip.
Written May 24, 2024
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