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Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure

7600 Glacier Hwy, 7 Mi From Downtown Cruise Docks, 1 Mi From the Airport, Juneau, AK 99801-7911
+1 907-790-3377
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View the world renowned Flower Towers AND indulge your senses in the naturally stunning temperate rainforest of the Tongass National Forest (tour provided in cooperation with the United States Forest Service). Juneau's most colorful bright spot offers fully guided tours and self-guided walking paths for all types of nature enthusiasts. Your fully guided tour offers you a unique and fascinating garden experience that combines natural landscapes and non-native manicured gardens to create a dramatic contrast of colors and nature. Travel on board a guided tour through Juneau's temperate rainforest in covered vehicles while learning about native plant species such as Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock trees, devil's club, and skunk cabbage. No tour gives you easier access to the gorgeous Tongass atmosphere. The vast gardens are the creation of Steve and Cindy Bowhay and their family over the past 18 years. Your guide explain the Glacier Gardens story and tell you the unforgettable tale of the Flower Towers, which were named as America's Most Interesting Landmark in a 2012 Reader's Digest issue. Grab your map or join one of our driver guides as you venture into the rugged and unforgiving Tongass habitat where we, or your map, will explain about the history of this property and highlight the interesting characteristics of this rare temperate forest environment. Bright floral arrangements and elegantly designed landscapes complement the natural beauty of the towering temperate rainforest and the cascading waterfalls bubbling nearby. At the 580 ft level of our property you will find an amazing cliff-side panoramic viewpoint where the thick forest gives way to a sweeping view of Juneau, including views of the Mendenhall Valley, Gastineau Channel, Douglas Island, and the Chilkat Mountains. You return to the lower gardens where you can spend more time meandering the grounds and indulging in the Visitor's Center atrium filled with even more floral structures, such as the heart shaped impatience and hanging flower gardens - some petunias stretch to up to 12 feet long! The Visitor's Center features a live video feed from a camera aimed at an active bald eagles nest that is found on the property. You can find the feed online at our website as well. The Garden Gift Shop sells garden specific gifts like the wildflower-seed packets that you can plant at home, and the Garden Cafe serves espresso drinks, beverages, and light snacks and a must have blueberry hot chocolate.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
7600 Glacier Hwy, 7 Mi From Downtown Cruise Docks, 1 Mi From the Airport, Juneau, AK 99801-7911
+1 907-790-3377
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Too bad it was raining. Seemed to be our luck on the cruise to Alaska. You are taken up the mountain road on a tram-like vehicle. 600 feet up the steep road; sometimes very windy road. But once you are at the top the view...More

Thank HighlanderOne
Reviewed 5 days ago

These gardens were really something to behold. After a landslide wiped out most of the trees, the owner inverted the trees into the ground and planted flowers in the base where roots had been. Beside the lower gardens, you are driven up to the top...More

Thank Nancy K
Reviewed 1 week ago

This garden is set into the side of a hill, with open vehicles taking you up 500 ft for terrific views of the area and coast. The owner ingeniously inverted trees into he ground so that the former roots serve as the planning base for...More

Thank SaveyFLTraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a weird place. the gardens were not anything special.. the story of the place I did not find to be that interesting... much rather would have stayed at Mendehall Glacier longer.

Thank Lauren B
Reviewed 1 week ago

After being on cruise with thousands people I wanted some quiet time. I took the city bus for $2 to Glacier Gardens. Taxi guy wanted 25 from cruise terminal. I enjoyed travelling with the locals who were sooo friendly. Upon arrival, a tour bus just...More

Thank euscarol
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The flowers are gorgeous! The tour guides give you a background history of the venue and then take you on a golf cart ride up to the top of the mountain (about 600 feet). Wear warm clothes since the golf cart is open and it's...More

Thank Suzi M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This garden is very unique in many ways. Particularity the garden on the inverted dead wood trees. The Bald eagle nest was also a nice experience. to watch. The variety of flowers was very interesting.

Thank Pramod1953
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This garden is a rare gem. The garden itself is wonderfully full of gorgeous flowers in tree towers and the ride to the top was informative. Tyler was a super guide. The rainforest is exotic and lushly green. A wonderful morning spent at this magical...More

Thank ashaeronn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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...More

Thank Adrian M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Another must see while in Juneau. Built on the side of a mountain in a rain forest and it is just beautiful. The tour includes a ride to the top of the mountain with incredible views of the the town and bay.

Thank NJRile
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Judy A
7 May 2016|
Response from GlacierGardens | Property representative |
Hi Judy - Thanks for your interest in the Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure tour in Juneau. You are welcome to arrive on your own through the city bus and walk-in for a tour. There will be a 15 minute wait as we get your... More
25 April 2016|
Response from GlacierGardens | Property representative |
Hi mchaguturu - Thank you for your interest in the Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure tour in Juneau, Alaska. I am not aware of an “Upside Down Forest of Mendenhall Gardens” but I am very positive we are the only gardens... More
15 April 2016|
Response from GlacierGardens | Property representative |
Hi Indaus – Thanks for getting in touch with us about your upcoming trip to Juneau and including a visit the Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventures. You have a few options for visiting us while you’re in town. Since you are... More