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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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Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure in Juneau
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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 5 December 2017

Glacier Gardens is an amazing 50-acre Alaskan botanical garden. Visitors take a guided tram tour iinto the heart of the Tongass National Forest. After the tour, explore streams and waterfalls as they bubble through beautiful display gardens.

Thank 2TravelersMn
Reviewed 3 December 2017

This whole garden began as an elaborate display of a husband's love for his wife. You will travel up and down a mountain side of beautifully manicured temperate rain forest gardens. The individual displays are unique and artistic. If you like plants and landscaping, you...More

Thank Sarah P
Reviewed 7 November 2017

I would be remiss if I didn't offer a review of our visit to Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventures. My wife and I booked a last minute Alaskan Cruise less than two weeks before sailing south in June on the HAL MS Noordam from Seward to...More

3  Thank Are J
Reviewed 18 October 2017

This was a part of a shore excursion for a cruise I was on. I really enjoyed the experience. Beautiful trees and plants. I was there in October so very late in the season (we were probably the last tour they had). Guides are friendly...More

Thank josch1122
Reviewed 14 October 2017

Something to be seen they have created this amazing upside-down trees planted with so many beautiful coloured flowering plants. Take the bus to the top for the view its wonderful. The history of this garden is fascinating.

Thank margaret c
Reviewed 13 October 2017

This Rainforest gardens that are run by a family is so beautiful and very different to anything that I have seen before, especially the upsize down trees that have flowers growing from the trunks. The garden is huge and to see everything you need to...More

Thank Veronica M
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We really enjoyed the upside down trees and the magnitude of the grounds. A great achievement, the staff were also lovely.

Thank isa_perth
Reviewed 10 October 2017

While more expensive than I really wanted to spend, it was an unusual tour of a very intriguing garden area. The tram ride on the steep and winding road was at times a little disconcerting, and a good experience.

2  Thank David R
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Well worth visiting. Travelled there by public bus, stops out front, short walk up drive to centre. Was raining so hurried around the lovely garden -tree root hanging gardens are fascinating. Inside we enjoyed coffee & cake while admiring the absolutely beautiful interior hanging flower...More

Thank Quincy31
Reviewed 8 October 2017

This is well worth a visit beautiful plants and trees you go round on little golf carts the veiw at the top is amazing you go up about 600 feet . The trees are upside down and planted out like huge flower baskets . The...More

Thank Linda C
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Vincent S
17 January 2018|
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Response from GlacierGardens | Property representative |
Hello Vincent, Thanks for your interest in Glacier Gardens. There is a cafe with snack foods, some and cold lunch items, and coffees and cold beverages for our guests convenience. Please let me know if you have any more... More
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
26 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