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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 days ago via mobile

There is a lot going on here, but the main claim is the upside down trees and it feels like you pay a lot of money to seem them. Just remember I'm not a gardening person so completely lost on me

Thank Barry L
Reviewed 5 days ago

I have to say that I had not heard of the gardens until it was part of an excursion while on a cruise to Juneau this month. I thought it might be one of those hokie little gardens but wow, I was wrong. The story...More

Thank RalphM33
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What a disappointment! After reviewing a brochure we decided to have lunch at their "cafe" and do their tour. 1st there isn't a cafe!! They have a snack bar! If you want to pay $5.00 for a microwaved gutbomb they call a cheeseburger or $5.25...More

Thank Marlana M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must see visit to see the beautiful gardens and all the work this family has done to make this such an awesome place. Went up on a tram to top, saw some beautiful sights at the top, and the drivers are very...More

1  Thank BeachloversIowa
Reviewed 1 week ago

These are some beautiful gardens and grounds. The upside down trees overflowing with flowers are gorgeous - what a genius idea! The golf cart ride up the mountain is slow but exciting - as in will we make it to the top! We did and...More

Thank Tammy H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a dry sunny day here, made a difference. Lovely view from the top of the gardens, beautiful rainforest and unique flower trees. A little expensive, but we like it

Thank Wendymcp
Reviewed 1 week ago

$25 seems a bit steep, even by Alaska standards, so if you're a large party, beware. Lovely flora & fauna none-the-less, which made for nice photos.

Thank Annette B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did this as a group so not sure of cost but whatever it is, do it. The owner is a fantastic, fanatical gardener. He plants all new annuals in the spring in the upside down trees. What an idea for a planter. He got...More

Thank DickandPaulineP
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were amazed at all flowers and the history of the gardens. We really enjoyed the views and staff was very informative.

Thank Jedilostinspace
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing place the short walking tour with all of the beautiful flowers set in upside down trees and the ponds to help slow the water down to minimize the erosion what a vision this individual had. The drive to the top of...More

Thank hotglass
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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
25 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
15 April 2016|
Response from GlacierGardens | Property representative |
Hi Indaus – Thanks for getting in touch with us about your upcoming trip to Juneau and including a visit the Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventures. You have a few options for visiting us while you’re in town. Since you are... More