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“Sparse but informative”

Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
Ranked #4 of 32 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, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 31 May 2018

This is a nice museum - but as usual you have to pay and I am not sure that what you see is worth it. Exhibits are sparse and certainly could include more history.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Loren778899
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"forest service"
in 17 reviews
"senior pass"
in 10 reviews
"scavenger hunt"
in 11 reviews
"parks pass"
in 7 reviews
"the national park service"
in 7 reviews
"tongass national forest"
in 15 reviews
"nice exhibits"
in 6 reviews
"great museum"
in 5 reviews
"admission fee"
in 6 reviews
"short movie"
in 4 reviews
"excellent film"
in 3 reviews
"natural history"
in 3 reviews
"great overview"
in 3 reviews
"gold rush"
in 5 reviews
"native peoples"
in 4 reviews
"cruise ship docks"
in 6 reviews
"an easy walk"
in 6 reviews
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Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

Nice exhibits. Not as large as I thought. Kids liked the free scavenger hunt. Rangers friendly and knowledgeable, happy to chat with us. 1-2 hours to go through, at max. Clean restrooms to come back to as you are out shopping.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank lillik932
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Reviewed 23 May 2018

Excellent displays. Try to time your visit to see the film. Bring your National Parks America the Beautiful card and have your National Parks Passport stamped!

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank 2ndWindTraveller
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Reviewed 17 May 2018

Forgot to stop by the center to check it out. Being in Ketchikan for the day from princess cruise lines. The center is run by the national Park service so if you have a USB port corner of the senior card bring it with you before you come on your cruise because there is a charge for the visitor center.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Maryville425
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

If you are stopping in for a cruise, this is a great place to stop to see what the rest of the Island has to offer. We were able to get out and see the whole island, but I'm sure most don't get the chance. It was a free stop for us, but I would pay the fee just so people can see what Ketchikan has outside the cruise port. Friendly staff and I would bring my children if we are ever in Ketchikan.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank BCHOH
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