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Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure

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Address: 7600 Glacier Hwy, 7 Mi From Downtown Cruise Docks, 1 Mi From the Airport, Juneau, AK 99801-7911
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+1 907-790-3377
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

View the world renowned Flower Towers AND indulge your senses in the...

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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Hidden Garden Gem

This stunning garden hidden in the Tongass Rainforest is well worth the trip. The guided tour through the elevations of the gardens are informative and fun. Even on a rainy foggy... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Maria K
Kitchener, Canada
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Kitchener, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This stunning garden hidden in the Tongass Rainforest is well worth the trip. The guided tour through the elevations of the gardens are informative and fun. Even on a rainy foggy day it was a great adventure. Creative floral work. Great views. Loved the gift shop.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

It is a unique way of displaying flowers. Colors are vibrant. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. The garden is well kept and clean. You might see a pair of nesting Bald Eagles.

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GlacierGardens, Director of Sales at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting with us, Jim, and leaving a thoughtful comment about the tour for future guests. We really appreciate you coming on tour with us and being struck by the beautiful and creative way we express nature in our Alaskan botanical gardens. Come back any time and check in on our eagle’s nest – it sure has been active... More 

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Reviewed 23 October 2016

I seriously did not expect a rainforest in Alaska!!! It was an amazing trip despite the fact that it was raining. The upside down trees were unique and the flowers were so pretty. The jeep ride up to the top of the hill was interesting, kudos to the driver/guide who expertly manoeuvred round the sharp bends along the way and... More 

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GlacierGardens, Director of Sales at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting with travelbugPJ – this is a great review, you have really encapsulated what Glacier Gardens is (as hard as that can be). We like to surprise visitors with our unique Alaskan botanical garden surroundings tucked into a small nook of the Tongass National Forest. Although you got a little dose of our liquid sunshine (imagine that, rain... More 

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Reviewed 18 October 2016

At $25 per person admission, this is a steep price to pay for a "garden" that is more appropriate for weddings and that's it! The extent of the tour is taking a ride up a mountain in a golf cart. On the way, you will be told about all of the exciting berry bushes and "look out" for squirrels -... More 

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GlacierGardens, General Manager at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting with us Greg, we appreciate your feedback and review of our Alaskan botanical gardens at Glacier Gardens. It is unfortunate that you felt compelled to tell other visitor’s not to join us on tour. We will gladly accept your ‘credit’ for having stunning floral displays, and it is too bad you did not enjoy the rainforest adventure... More 

Horn Lake, Mississippi, USA
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

I had read about Glacial Gardens and its owner, Steve before booking this tour. I was not disappointed. The gardens are absolutely beautiful. Our guides held our attention explaining both the history and the upkeep of the gardens as well as the various plants that are there. We got a taste of some fall foliage as well as blooming plants.... More 

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Bo'ness Scotland
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Reviewed 9 October 2016

The gardens forest and views are great. Escorted on a small buggy or larger vehicle suitable for the Forrest terrain with a running commentary about the gardens and forest. The upside down trees that are planted are really unusual and beautiful. Nice shop and cafe at the entrance

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Sussex, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

We were on a Disney Cruise and purchased a tour package that covered the Bus tour to the Glacier/Falls and the Glacier Gardens Rainforest. Thankfully, the Gardens was our first stop. We unloaded the bus, walked into an open area where a guide explained the history of the gardens, they are recognized for taking trees and inserting them into the... More 

Kenmore, Washington
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

This is a great place to see Alaska al natural. Good tram tours and guides. Great green house. If your into gardens then go here.

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Juneau, AK
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Reviewed 30 September 2016

My daughter and I took the tour and the ride up the mountain. Magical upside down trees with magenta flowers cascading from the tops. The 180 degree view from the summit of the mountain included Gastineau Channel and the Valley and golf course.

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Middlebury, Vermont
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

I saw photos of the upside-down trees in this garden on the internet a few years ago and had to see them, but it took a while to find out where in the world they were located. They are so easy to get to on the #3 or #4 bus from Juneau (much cheaper than a paid excursion from the... More 

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