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“So many fish!”

DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery
Ranked #17 of 92 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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

We all enjoyed our visit to the hatchery. So many salmon inside and out. My kids actually caught fish by hand on the beach next to the hatchery. I got some great photos of the fish leaping on the ladder.

Thank Ina R
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

Great learning experience and well worth the few extra dollars to add to other tours as an option. Understanding how the salmon are bred and released is just as much a part of the show as seeing them return via the fish ladder. Not an A list attraction but certainly interesting.

Thank Cruzmann
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

I learned a lot about the 5 types of salmon, the life cycle. Never imagined seeing so many in one place.

Thank lifel0ngtraveler
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

I learned so much from the staff here and was surprised to see the salmon jumping over each other trying to get to the top to lay their eggs. I learned that these are NOT farm raised - no such thing in Alaska. They are free roaming salmon and come back here when their life cycle comes to a close.

Thank Sammy-kay3841
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

The hatchery doesn't take long to visit so include it in your plans when in Juneau. You get a great view of the ladder stairs for the salmon entering the hatchery and inside they have a nice tank for viewing many creatures of the ocean and some that can be touched in a tank.

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