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“Milleniums Of The Earth's History”

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
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$45.00*
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Round-Trip Mendenhall Glacier Shuttle Service
Ranked #6 of 96 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: Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed May 5, 2013

The glacier is beautiful tucked in a mountain gorge. The scrapes of the path it has travel in the thousands of years it has been in the valley are amazing. The Visitors centre has a great view!

3  Thank Richard F
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

Not far from town, huge glacier, really large waterfall. Free, nice walking to the waterfall. Only had about an hour. Next time, I'll allow more time.

1  Thank J W
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

It's another world, and it doesn't get much better than this. The Glacier is viewable from the parking lot, shelters, or several trails, the visitor center is excellent, with exhibits, short educational films, a small shop, and great Forest Service docents to explain it all. Great hiking trails nearby or a flat wooden walkway for glacier, fish, and bear viewing. Don't miss it.

5  Thank JAJ
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

First class attraction with lots of areas to walk, almost to the glacier's edge, with a really good visitor centre. I would like to have had more time here on our cruise trip.
Really worth it to visit here, and it is a fantastic place.

7  Thank HabLeaf
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

This was a decent little trip to see the glacier. Some people were swimming, they must be nuts as there's ice floating around in the water. Good area for some pics. Seeing bald eagles all over the place was very cool and took some getting used to.

6  Thank SirC_LadyDD
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