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Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

50 Main St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6559
+1 907-228-6220
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Brilliant

Didnt know about this place until the lady in the Sweet Mermaids mentioned it as a must visit... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
cnomis
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Chorley, United Kingdom
Beautifully presented!

We were probably the only people from our cruise ship to visit this amazing centre. While everyone... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2017
Kid_U_Not58
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Melbourne, Australia
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The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is the gateway to the Tongass National Forest. Located just one block from the cruise ship docks in downtown Ketchikan, you can explore the amazing ecology of the coastal rainforest, connect with the rich cultures of the region's native peoples, enjoy Junior Ranger activities with your kids and experience Alaska's rainforest from the comfort of our theatre through an 18-minute, high-definition film.
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  • Average3%
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Hours Today: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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50 Main St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6559
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+1 907-228-6220
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"forest service"
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"tongass national forest"
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"senior pass"
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"parks pass"
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"the national park service"
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"great museum"
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"interactive exhibits"
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"excellent film"
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"admission fee"
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"bush pilots"
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"natural history"
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"scavenger hunt"
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"great introduction"
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"cruise ship docks"
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"great place to learn"
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

Didnt know about this place until the lady in the Sweet Mermaids mentioned it as a must visit especially as it was raining, lots of exhibits and a theatre very impressive place , worth a visit

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

We were probably the only people from our cruise ship to visit this amazing centre. While everyone else took to the Walking Tour (which we completed later), we enjoyed browsing our way around this amazing Center. Well set out, with plenty of signage, historical facts...More

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Reviewed 5 October 2017

We were pleasantly surprised by the Discovery Center. My children ages 3&5 liked looking at all the exhibits. There was a lot to look at and quite a few interactive things that kept them interested. They sat and colored for a bit and were even...More

1  Thank Rachael B
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Heavy rain put paid to our plans for our last shore day in Alaska, there was no enjoyment to be had on any outdoor activity in the cold and mist. Having read the reviews this centre was on our to do list anyway. Although the...More

1  Thank laNyonsaise
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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

The people who work here love what they do, this is a labor of love and you can see they do lots with kids and community! They are working on bringing together unique stories about Alaskan's and the history of this huge State!! Thank you...More

Thank Carmen W
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

Glad we were able to stop by and see the exhibits and learn about the rich history. The exhibits are well thought out and informative.

Thank Ranaj888
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

This site's information added so much to our understanding of how the area was developed and the region's characteristics. The film on Ketchikan, with its old footage, pictures and interviews with local people, added so much perspective to our subsequent experience. Great start!

1  Thank TimWHughes
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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

This is a nice place to look around and find out a little more about Alaska. They even gave my 8 year old a scavenger hunt sheet to fill out. There are some interactive displays too.

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Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Well worth the $5 entry fee. Nice displays and lots of useful information about the immediate area and all of Alaska.

Thank Michael2810
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Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

We didn't realize the hours it was open and just missed it. However a ranger coming out was super cool with our 5 year old son and ran back in for the Junior Ranger activity book and said we could mail it in for the...More

1  Thank Craig Z
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