Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure In Juneau

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Overview

Welcome to Glacier Gardens, a uniquely designed rainforest botanical garden nestled in the midst of Tongass National Forest. On a guided tour, learn about the exquisitely landscaped botanical gardens, the reclaimed stream cascading close by, and the innovative garden designs, all while indulging in the areas immense history and rare temperate rainforest habitat. Travel by covered rainforest shuttles through Alaskas natural wonderland. Your guide will describe points of interest along the 2-mile long path up Thunder Mountain, where a cliff-side boardwalk leads to a phenomenal panoramic view of Juneau. Open May - September and not available for off-season visits.

Highlights

  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Family friendly
  • Get off the beaten track in a 4x4
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day

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Arrive at Glacier Gardens to meet your personal tour guide in the Visitor’s Center atrium, where hanging gardens and astonishing floral displays greet you to Alaska’s premier garden attraction. From the atrium, follow your guide under colorful Upside-Down Flower Towers, recognized by a Reader’s Digest poll as the 'Most Interesting Landmark in America' in 2012!

Board a 6-passenger covered rainforest shuttle or 18-passenger power tram vehicle and continue through the natural wonderland. Learn about the exquisitely landscaped botanical gardens, the reclaimed stream cascading close by, and the innovative garden designs, and listen to your guide describe points of interest along the 2-mile path. You'll have numerous photo opportunities and a chance to view the region's wildlife as you weave your way through the towering forests of Southeast Alaska.
Arrive at your destination, 580 feet up Thunder Mountain. Stop at the cliff-side boardwalk to enjoy fantastic views over Juneau, the Mendenhall State Game Refuge, Douglas Island, the Mendenhall Valley, Auke Bay and all the way across Stephen’s Passage to Admiralty Island and the Chilkat Mountains. Take your time enjoying the Alaskan scenery before re-boarding your shuttle for the return trip to the Visitor’s Center.
Your admission ticket is valid for all-day access to Glacier Gardens, so you can continue exploring on your own, visit the gift shop and enjoy a cup of tea or hot chocolate while you watch the popular live streaming video of Alaskan bald eagles and their baby eaglets in a nest on the property.

Inclusions for Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure In Juneau

  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges

Exclusions for Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure In Juneau

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

A small amount of walking is involved

Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair, however, collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark. Please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required

Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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17 reviews by the users

  • When you are ready for contemplative time in Juneau, come out to these beautiful, weird, wonderful gardens. A young garden just entering its adolescent phase, I can't wait to see what the fully mature adult garden, with such an inspired designer/artist, becomes.

  • It rains all the time in Juneau, it seems, but this is a rain-or-shine garden! A large electric cart takes about 15 guests at a time up the side of the mountain to show off the work of a man who has a passion for flowers. The driver/guide is witty, explaining the grounds. Upside-down trees have been made into beautiful planters along the way. At the top, riders can get out and walk on a wooden boardwalk to a lookout over the Juneau airport. Then, the cart takes the group back down to the visitor center. The center contains a gift shop, a little cafe, and a sitting area. Also, a TV monitor displays the image from a nest cam where a baby eagle lives in a tree on the property! Lovely, thoughtful displays. We noticed that we were the only people present who did not come here with a cruise-boat excursion, but it didn't matter. We took the city bus from downtown and saved some money! Note that the cart ride described in my review is the only way to visit you may not walk on your own. My only gripe: Why did I pay Viator a couple dollars MORE than the actual price of admission, and then find my own way on the city bus to boot?!

  • This garden is amazing! To see all the hanging baskets as one walks in and the stunning plants growing in the ' upside down ' trees was nothing short of beautiful!

  • BEAUTIFUL LOCATION, BUT THE TOUR SEEMED RUSHED.

  • Absolutely beautiful!! Reasonably priced. Personnel were friendly and helpful. They were very informed about the garden and its' plant life.

  • A worthwhile tour. Great garden concepts and the ride up the hill with a garden view of Juneau.

  • The gardens and guide were excellent . The only gripe is that we were told to catch a bus close to the pier. We found a place next to a gift shop but no-one had any idea of where the bus was. We eventually caught a taxi and returned by bus. Feel that the name of the street next to the bus terminus should have been given rather than vague instructions like bus stop is 5 mins from pier.

  • This is an absolute wonderland of color and beauty! I have 8 black fingers and 2 black thumbs and I had a wonderful time! If you have time, be SURE to go visit the gardens!

  • Definitely a different take on Alaska! Tour is short and sweet, worth doing as a filler.

  • This is a unique experience worth doing. The owners of the gardens take great pains to cultivate unique flower gardens on inverted tree trunks, and have carved out some lovely ponds and fountains throughout the grounds. The tour guides are local and very nice and well-informed. The history of the gardens are interesting, and you can even buy a guide that explains how to build your own upside down garden.

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