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“Fish hatchery okay.”

DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery
Ranked #16 of 84 things to do in Juneau
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Macaulay Salmon Hatchery Visitor's Center offers a unique variety of attractions & a truly Alaskan experience! Get a birds-eye-view of our outdoor hatchery operations while a local guide shares with you the fascinating life cycle of an Alaskan salmon and the inner workings of the hatchery. During the months of May and June, you will have the opportunity to see juvenile salmon prior to their release. Adult salmon start returning in Late June and continue through October. Bald Eagles and seals frequent the hatchery and provide a fantastic wildlife viewing opportunity. Once inside, explore our salt water aquariums displaying over 150 species of marine life, including touch-tank aquariums where you will have the chance to physically interact with local sea animals. Venture through our gift-shop where we make it easy to ship wild Alaskan salmon anywhere in the United States. Wow your taste buds when you take the opportunity to taste a variety of salmon samples such as: king salmon dip, salmon caviar, salmon jerky, & canned salmon. A fun, affordable, & educational experience for the whole family!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Dallas, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fish hatchery okay.”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

We learned about the hatchery in about 5 minutes from a talk before entering the hatchery. If the salmon were actually running back, this would be fantastic to see how they sort them and all, but since we didn't visit at that time, there was not much to see.

Visited June 2013
Thank April F
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Rainy Day Activity”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

We had a rental car for the day in Juneau and decided to take a trip to the hatchery. It was raining and thought that it would be a good thing to do. They have a guided tour where you will learn a lot about salmon. Inside the building they have a huge tank set up with loads of fish. A great little gift shop where you can but salmon. They were also passing out free samples of their smoked salmon. Delicious.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank Madden621
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Level 6 Contributor
258 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“A great learning experience!”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

Whether you like salmon or not, this hatchery is a great learning tool about the habits of the salmon. You will see the pools where the salmon are being imprinted in the water so they can return years later to die. There are also touch tanks as well as aquariums and a great gift shop to buy fresh salmon! Highly recommend this tour!

Visited May 2013
1 Thank TXVicky
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Juneau AK
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Good educational destination”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

We take or send visitors here. The hatchery has huge, wonderful tanks of local fishes, invertebrates, and plants. The tour provides an education and great viewing of salmon, especially when fish are in the ladder.

1 Thank JAJ
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Larne, United Kingdom
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632 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 259 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2013

I thought this would be a bit pathetic, but it wasn't. I simple couldn't believe the number of fish threshing about!
All that mad energy to climb up the fish ladder into the holding pens, and for what? To get clobbered over the head and gutted. The power and exertions of the salmon has to be seen. It was like something from a horror film. A good trip.

Visited July 2012
3 Thank HabLeaf
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