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Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
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Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour from Juneau
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Mendenhall Glacier is easily accessible via roads from the local airport, cruise ship terminal and state ferry terminal. Our facility and lands are managed by the federal government through the United States Forest Service. Federal passes are accepted and sold s well as daily passes. There is a visitor center with a theater showing a 15-minute film on Mendenhall Glacier, a bookstore operated by nonprofit organization Discovery Southeast, and exhibits on wildlife, history, and glacial and geological changes. Rangers provide talks at various indoor and outdoor sites in summer. Open hours in summer are daily 8am to 7:30pm. Due to wildlife and bears, no food is allowed outdoors from April-November. There is no beverage or food service available to prevent bears from becoming food-conditioned. Nearby Steep Creek is the spawning stream for wild sockeye salmon from late July through early September. Later in the fall, a run of coho salmon spawn in the creek. Porcupines can be seen foraging on leaves in deciduous trees. Beavers are visible early in the morning and in the evening. Learn about Alaska and the natural world around the glacier and lake. Enjoy a one-hour hike to 400-foot-tall Nugget Falls. Other trails lead to different habitats. In winter, the visitor center is open Friday-Sunday from 10am to 4pm and closed on federal holidays.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Horn Lake, Mississippi
Level 5 Contributor
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“A must see attraction”
Reviewed November 12, 2012 via mobile

Plan to spend 3-4 hours here if you want to hike to the fantastic waterfall and get near the glacier. This is just a short distance from downtown and the cruise docks.

7 Thank garywc
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Townsville, Australia
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“day wilderness trip”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

beautiful day trip to see the glacier and when lucky bears feeding on salmon just beside the forest walk. Great photo shots taken of bears in the wild and so close to travellers. Take the council day bus for $8 each way and save some money.

Visited August 2012
10 Thank wazzaw123
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Juneau, Alaska
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“Juneau's Jewel”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

The vistas are outstanding! I've visited the glacier in every month of the year. On cloudy days the glacier has an blue shade that can't be described. On sunny days, with the blue sky above, the mountains make you want to sing "America the beautiful".

Visited November 2012
2 Thank Valerie H
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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93 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Take the helicopter to the glacier”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We were in the lead helicopter and in the front seat with the pilot. The views are spectacular and the trip is a once in a lifetime experience.

Visited September 2012
3 Thank DixieLB
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New York City, New York
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“Definitely Worth It”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

Pros: Standing 20 feet from a bear.

Cons: Didn't have enough time to hike all the trails, or enough money for a helicopter, or a gauntlet to let me pet the porcupine sitting within arms reach.

And of course, it was mild and sunny for me; your experience will almost certainly differ due to the fact that the Mendenhall Glacier is located in the middle of a rainforest and you didn't strike any devilbargains with the Sun God.

Visited August 2012
3 Thank Scatterburst
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