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“A must see in Juneau”

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
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Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour from Juneau
Ranked #1 of 84 things to do in 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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“A must see in Juneau”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

Last summer I took a cruise to Alaska with my mother-in-law and husband. When deciding what to do while in Juneau we knew we wanted something that would be enjoyable for all of us and picked the Mendenhall Glacier. It was amazing and wonderful experience. From a short distance we could clearly see the glacier and get pictures with all of us. The hike to the waterfall was a little too long for my mother-in-law and there was a fantastic museum/gift shop that she could go to while we went to it. The waterfall is truly breathtaking and a must see. I would highly recommend going there to anyone--you won't be disappointed!

Visited August 2012
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Bloomington, Minnesota
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

It is a nice hike to the waterfall and glacier. In the winter, you can ski across the lake to get up close to the glacier. The hike to the waterfall can take about half an hour, but will likely take longer, if you are the type that has to stop and take pictures a lot.

Visited March 2013
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Auburn, Washington
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“Cold Awesome!”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

I go to the glacier everytime I go to Juneau. I cannot get enough of being there. I like to go early in the morning before any other people are there, and just meditate while being out in such a awe inspiring place.

Visited March 2013
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“Best part of day.”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

We did this last minute from the cruise ship and just caught one of the city buses that wait outside the dock area. It ened up being a highlight. We hiked out to the waterfall and stopped on the beach to dip our toes in and pick ice out of the water. Amazing. Just a relaxed and fun thing to do. So strange to see people swimming with icebergs nearby. It was 96 degrees that day.

Visited July 2012
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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“A must see”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

Mendenhall Glacier Park was the highlight of our short visit to Juneau. When we got off our cruise ship, we approached one of the many kiosks advertising tours to the park. There is actually a bus that takes passengers to Mendenhall for $7 each (city bus?). We opted to take an optional city tour for $22 per person. In retrospect, the tour was a glorified drive through the city that really didn't add much---opt for the cheaper route. The tour did include a couple of picturesque stops to take photos, one with the cruise ship across the waterway, and one with the mountains and glacier in the background with wildflowers in the foreground. Juneau has the damp climate of a temperate forest (much like the Pacific Northwest), which means that annual flowers (like pansies and marigolds) are particularly exuberant in the summers. On arriving at the park, we first went to the visitor center, and then visited the glacier itself. The rangers displayed a chunk of glacier (we were not allowed to hike the glaciers from the park) and explained why the ice had various colors from deep blue to green. We also saw a black bear close up. In fact, on the trail, there were various salmon skeletons attesting to the presence of bears. Hikers must stay on elevated trails. In August the salmon ran rampantly. The bear batted salmon like candy in the streams. An educational, awesome, and entertaining visit. Worth every bit of time--- to save money, arrange your own transportation.

Visited August 2012
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