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Begich Boggs Visitor Center

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this is a must stop place especially if you are here on a bad weather day. But people and... read more

Reviewed 12 December 2018
Begich Boggs Visitor Center, Portage Lake Loop, 17-miles South of Girdwood, Alaska.

To get to the Begich Boggs Visitor Center, you drive South from Anchorage on the Seward Highway... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2018
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Reviewed 12 December 2018

this is a must stop place especially if you are here on a bad weather day. But people and information you get here are very helpful

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank viola301
Reviewed 19 October 2018

To get to the Begich Boggs Visitor Center, you drive South from Anchorage on the Seward Highway. You pass (and continue to drive South) the turnoff into the Village of Girdwood and continue about 12-miles further South to the (on your left) Portage Lake Loop...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kanbaatar
Reviewed 1 October 2018

We looked at all the web sites and customer reviews. NO WHERE did it mention when they closed for winter. On the road signs no mention of CLOSED for SEASON but they close LABOR DAY. When up close there was a small hand written sign...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Star N
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

This is a nice place to stop and learn a lot about glaciers. They have a nice movie as well with a little surprise at the end although we were unlucky due to the fog. The staff was very friendly.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank woutv227
Reviewed 9 September 2018

Clean visitor center with good exhibits, bathrooms and beautiful 20 minute film ($5) that starts at the top and bottom of the hour. Friendly and helpful rangers. They were the ones to tell us the timing of the Whittier tunnel. Views of Portage Glacier were...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Full of great information and the location in itself has incredible views of the area. The kids can do a treasure hunt while visiting and the help desk will help with any questions you have about the area. Nice restrooms and hiking information to pick...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank loonalaska
Reviewed 30 August 2018

Weather was terrible on this - our last day in Alaska but we made the most of it by stopping by the center. Saw plenty of icebergs floating in the water which was cool. Staff inside was awesome. We stayed and watched the short film...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Lorna56
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

They have very educational displays. There is also a video I highly recommend to see. For me and my mom, what works is when someone narrates, we learn a lot vs standing and reading bunch of information etc...

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Raihan K
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Great interactive, visual topographic, movie, and view! And, since it is a national park, seniors can use their national park pass to get into the movie and other areas free, plus up to 5 others in your group or family.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 333cathym
Reviewed 16 August 2018

nice NPS Visitor Center with views of Portage Glacier, a well done film, and a nice exhibit area. The do charge to see the film and exhibits unless you have a NPS pass.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Kwad1
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Response from Vermonters210 | Reviewed this property |
We spent 3 weeks in Alaska in June 2017. If you only have 8 days to visit, here is what we recommend: Fly into Anchorage. Pick up a rental car or van (you may need two of them if traveling with 8 people). Head south to... More