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Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary

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Address: Wood Road, South Tongass Highway, Ketchikan, AK
Phone Number: 9072255503
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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$79*
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Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary Walking Tour and Wildlife Encounter
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Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary Walking Tour

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Great tour! Our guide was amazing. It was fun to learn about the rainforest and how it maintains itself. Learning about the plants and how they support the wildlife. We saw bear... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
nanc1234
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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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Cypress, Texas
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful place and so much to see. Saw black bear coming out of forest area; totally awesome. Neat stores all along the streets. Most with good prices and friendly people. Weather was glorious; sunny and high 60's.

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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Much-touted on our cruise and very expensive for a short walk to see a few bears and a few animals in captivity. We were very disappointed. Guides not knowledgeable and dragged out presentations to make the tour seem longer. Kids liked seeing the bears but there is no explanation for why the exorbitant cost.

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great tour! Our guide was amazing. It was fun to learn about the rainforest and how it maintains itself. Learning about the plants and how they support the wildlife. We saw bear tracks and dens, I really enjoyed!

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Pierre, South Dakota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Thinking we would have a true Alaska Rainforest experience, only to find it was over-hyped 'close to the original' dragged out presentation to justify the expensive entrance 'fee'. A hike on a private trail that paralleled the national forest (since you can't charge for that) isn't the same. A trail that was at most a mile, that they tried to... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had already taken one walk in a temperate rainforest but it was interesting to see this one too. Lots of boardwalks so it's safe and you don't disturb the animals. Saw the salmon running - all 5 kinds, red squirrels, ravens and a mother bear with her 2 cubs fishing in the water. Seeing the bears does make all... More 

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Despite seeing a mother bear and 2 babies briefly, we were disappointed when the guide told us that there were only 17 bears here! No wonder we spent so long waiting to see them. She also said the Salmon had only arrived 2 days ago. The board walk was fairly short and the river area is difficult to see. We... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We paid $170 per person from the ship to go on this excursion. We saw 3 bears in total which was really great. The guides were friendly too and explained a lot about the trees in the rainforest. However, for risking that you won't see any bears at all, I personally think that $170 is a bit too much. Still,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful experience! From a boardwalk, observed two black bears in their natural habitat, beautiful animals leisurely moving about. Also, many salmon could be watched as they were returning to spawn. A beautiful bald eagle could easily be seen within a protected area. The sanctuary is very well taken care of and staff were friendly and informative. A delightful time!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our informative bus ride followed by a great boat trip to the Tongass National Forest was topped by a great climb and walk through portions of the rain forest. Jonny and Jacob were excellent guides who provided informative explanations and great patience for the variety of ages on the excursion.

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We got very close to a Momma Bear and her two cubs going after the salmon. We learned a lot about the ecosystem with a very enthusiastic guide, and enjoyed visiting the reindeer.

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