We came here during a shore excursion to Skagway from a cruise ship. We walked around the charming town of Skagway (now more Downtown Disney than true Alaskan frontier) and then decided to walk to the Jewell Gardens about 2 miles away. Walking through the non-tourist part of the town revealed the range of houses here, some with fenced in yards with large dogs, possibly an Alaskan husky mix. Closer to the gardens, there was a beautiful vista of river and mountains. I imagine this is closer to the real Skagway than the town would reflect. The walk took about 45 minutes. We did have kids (down to age 3) with us and there was endless complaints, but the views were worthwhile to me. Got lots of beautiful photos.
The Jewell Gardens is a combination of landscaped garden and glass blowing demonstration. The gift shop shows some of the gorgeous glass creations. We paid for admission to the gardens. It is a small but meticulously landscaped garden with an artistic mixture of vibrant colors, huge and riotous annuals and perennials. The textures and colors were truly beautiful. To see the whole garden took about 25 minutes.
The glass blowing demonstrations, unfortunately, were for people who paid for the demonstrations and were off-limits for other visitors. To our bad luck, while we were there, it started to rain, and we were not allowed to wait out the rain in the glassblowing building. There was no other area where we could stand out of the rain, so we had to leave early.
We were able to take a wagon back to the ship. This is a wagon that drives through town. I think it's a few dollars per person.
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