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“Antique Cars, a Native Village Replica, & More” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Potlatch Totem Park

Potlatch Totem Park
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$45.00*
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Totem Bight and Potlatch Park plus Ketchikan City Tour
Ranked #11 of 56 things to do in Ketchikan
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Ketchikan, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Antique Cars, a Native Village Replica, & More”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

they are only open around the cruise ship schedules & a ways out the road, so good to make sure they are open or take a tour, but well worth it. Right next to Totem Bight State Park within the stunning Tongass National Rainforest, it is well removed from town & a nice excursion. There is a weapons museum, taxidermy examples of native animals, a very good Alaskan bookstore, an actual Haida carving shed & many antique cars. There are a couple of antique cars within the bookstore/museum/souvenier shop main building, but there is also a whole warehouse of them as one descends the path through the rainforest to the beach. The Haida carving shed smells heavenly of cedar & has totem poles-in-progress being carved for observation. The native village replica is authentic & includes dwellings & a replica smokehouse for preserving fish & meat The overall ambiance outside gives one the sense of how it was to really live here & the subsistence lifestyle prevalence of the natives a couple hundred years ago.

Visited May 2014
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“A Peach of a Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

A fascinating insight into Tlingit history. This wonderful park,with free admission, Gave an illuminating insight into a way of life now past. There were many interesting displays including a tribal home, many Totem poles and their stories and a fascinating workshop making totem poles using the traditional tools. The gift shop at the end of the tour was excellent and contained a museum showing the history of Alaskan life. An added bonus was the display of vintage cars which included a steam powered model. All round an excellent visit and well worth spending 2 to 3 hours soaking up the history.

Visited June 2014
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Red deer
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“Our young history guide,made this tour great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

Our young guide made this trip so informative,he was great.He had so much info and stories to tell about the natives and also the town .well done

Visited May 2014
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Austin, Texas
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“Great place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2014

Lovely setting, the totems and the village is great. Our guide was very knowledgeable. The gift shop attached had some lovely things.

Visited June 2014
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Anchorage, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Unique and Authentic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2014

Totem Bight Potlatch Park is a short drive north of town away from the usual shops and tourist attractions. It offers a unique experience in an Alaskan setting that you won't want to miss. Potlatch park offers a nature walk into Tlingit history that is complete with a totem pole carving house. There is an unusual stop on the walk that you won't want to miss. I won't give it away but young and old will wonder 'how did they do that'. Well worth the time and great hospitality in the store. Don't miss the other unique museum in the shop. A unique experience by authentic Alaskans.

Visited May 2014
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