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“Great introduction to the area!”

Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
Ranked #4 of 34 things to do in Ketchikan
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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, discover how people earn a living from the forest, enjoy Junior Ranger activities with your kids and experience Alaska's rainforest from the comfort of our theatre through a variety of award-winning films. Wi-fi access is included with admission, and kids can play the Agents of Discovery augmented-reality game in the museum to sleuth out the truth about the Tongass
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
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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"forest service"
in 16 reviews
"senior pass"
in 8 reviews
"parks pass"
in 7 reviews
"nice exhibits"
in 6 reviews
"the national park service"
in 6 reviews
"tongass national forest"
in 14 reviews
"scavenger hunt"
in 9 reviews
"excellent film"
in 3 reviews
"short film"
in 4 reviews
"admission fee"
in 4 reviews
"great overview"
in 3 reviews
"natural history"
in 3 reviews
"gold rush"
in 5 reviews
"native peoples"
in 4 reviews
"cruise ship docks"
in 6 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 5 reviews
"wealth of information"
in 3 reviews
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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.

Thank Trishyco
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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 badge.

2  Thank Craig Z
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Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

This is an excellent way to start your visit to Ketchikan. Beautiful building holding many interesting interactive exhibits and a film about the salmon industry in this area. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff make this a good place to visit for all the family.

1  Thank Liz H
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