We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

End of Glacier Spur Road, Juneau, AK 99801
+1 907-789-0097
Website
Share
Save
Book In Advance
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
Mendenhall Glacier is easily accessible via roads from the local airport, cruise ship terminal and state ferry terminal. Our facility and lands are managed by the federal government through the United States Forest Service. Federal passes are accepted and sold s well as daily passes. There is a visitor center with a theater showing a 15-minute film on Mendenhall Glacier, a bookstore operated by nonprofit organization Discovery Southeast, and exhibits on wildlife, history, and glacial and geological changes. Rangers provide talks at various indoor and outdoor sites in summer. Open hours in summer are daily 8am to 7:30pm. Due to wildlife and bears, no food is allowed outdoors from April-November. There is no beverage or food service available to prevent bears from becoming food-conditioned. Nearby Steep Creek is the spawning stream for wild sockeye salmon from late July through early September. Later in the fall, a run of coho salmon spawn in the creek. Porcupines can be seen foraging on leaves in deciduous trees. Beavers are visible early in the morning and in the evening. Learn about Alaska and the natural world around the glacier and lake. Enjoy a one-hour hike to 400-foot-tall Nugget Falls. Other trails lead to different habitats. In winter, the visitor center is open Friday-Sunday from 10am to 4pm and closed on federal holidays.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good21%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“nugget falls” (646 reviews)
“mendenhall glacier” (1,549 reviews)
“city bus” (92 reviews)
Open Now
Hours
Hours Today: 08:00 - 19:30
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
End of Glacier Spur Road, Juneau, AK 99801
CONTACT
Website
+1 907-789-0097
Ways to Experience Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
from US$45.00
More Info
from US$99.00
More Info
from US$135.00
More Info
Write a ReviewReviews (6,368)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages
All reviews
"nugget falls"
in 646 reviews
"mendenhall glacier"
in 1,549 reviews
"city bus"
in 92 reviews
"global warming"
in 73 reviews
"blue bus"
in 111 reviews
"short film"
in 74 reviews
"salmon"
in 333 reviews
"cruise ship"
in 360 reviews
"beautiful waterfall"
in 76 reviews
"an easy walk"
in 70 reviews
"worth the trip"
in 87 reviews
"hiking trails"
in 101 reviews
"mile hike"
in 77 reviews
"blue ice"
in 80 reviews
"visiting juneau"
in 78 reviews
"an excursion"
in 100 reviews
"black beans"
in 167 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 6,122 reviews

Reviewed today via mobile

We stayed beside the city center bus station and took route 3 to a stop about a mile from the visitor center. Total cost $2.00/person, about a 45-50 minute ride. The visitor center is very nice, watched the movie on Mendenhall glacier, worth the 15...More

Thank fremont5
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

An amazing place to visit, very well set and informative for all ages with magic views of the glacier and surrounds

Thank Michael B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed yesterday

Getting to the Glacier is easy and inexpensive. Cost was around 45 dollars for a taxi ride there and access to the visitor center. They have a 15 min long video that explains about how a glacier is formed and lots of info to look...More

Thank chadnipp
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed yesterday

Great view of the glacier. Has both easy and strenuous trails, so its good for all ages and conditions.

1  Thank David H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 days ago

Very nice center explaining how glaciers form with an awesome view of the glacier. Trails around the lake and up to the glacier are available if you are up to the walk. Beautiful waterfall there too.

Thank dczarnec
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 days ago

An up close view of beautiful glacier and waterfall. We did not take advantage of the hiking trails but it appeared to be very accessible. The park rangers gave informative talks about the glacier and wildlife. There was a film about the glacier that we...More

Thank gbingham1148
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 days ago

interesting place. the information on climate change was good. Short walk from here to the falls and glacier.

Thank minionbob-o
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 days ago

Our whole group enjoyed this visitor center. It is not huge so you could easily explore and watch the film in an hour or less but it was well done and staffed. Highly recommend!

Thank Nikki7280
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If your going to Juneau you can’t miss seeing the Mendenhall Glacier. It’s history and enormity are outstanding. There are several trails you can take to get closer. Don’t miss this wonder!

Thank monroegcrew
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a must see in Juneau. We took a shuttle ride from downtown for $45 return. The bus driver gave us some information on Juneau along the way, pointing out the hundreds of bald eagles. At the glacier, easy walk to a beautiful water...More

2  Thank Jessica M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 17 hotels in Juneau
Super 8 by Wyndham Juneau
100 reviews
3.72 miles away
Best Western Grandma'S Feather Bed
414 reviews
3.73 miles away
Frontier Suites Airport Hotel
95 reviews
3.79 miles away
Best Western Country Lane Inn
559 reviews
3.89 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
Grandma's Feather Bed Restaurant
104 reviews
3.73 miles away
Zerelda's Bistro
50 reviews
3.82 miles away
McGivney's Sports Bar
116 reviews
1.62 miles away
Suwanna Thai Cafe
39 reviews
3.80 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Nugget Falls
1,094 reviews
1.77 miles away
Mendenhall Glacier
79 reviews
.78 miles away
Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure
449 reviews
3.88 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
mmcarino
We are going to Juneau on a cruise in late July. With us are 4 reasonably fit 50 year olds and a reasonably fit 79 year old, 2 16 year olds and 1 14 year old. I have rented a car for us to use for the day. We had originally planning on going up to Mendenhall Glacier and taking the Nugget Falls Trail to get a closer look at the glacier and the falls. Now my daughter is wanting to do something more adventurous on one of the days. One idea would be for some of them, probably the 2 dads and the kids to do the Mendenhall Gacier Native Canoe Adventure. The question is, will they get a much closer, better view of the Glacier from the water than from the Falls? Is it worth splitting up our group for 3.5 hours so that they can have this little "adventure"? Or will they basically see the same thing we will by walking the trails to the falls?
9 July 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Mary G | Reviewed this property |
Walking to Nugget Falls gets you pretty close to the Glacier and it was a flat easy trail —well worth it. There were some kayaks in the water that got only a little closer. It was a warm sunny day and we did not inquire... More
0
Votes
milomorganville
2 July 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Pat L | Reviewed this property |
Visitor center also has great view of glacier and has lot's of steps. Also have 2 elevators.
0
Votes
SueTravelsWithKids
29 June 2018|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
Response from jimbob51 | Reviewed this property |
Yes....you can do a short walk...maybe a 1/4 mike....to a great viewpoint. And spend 20-30 minutes in the visitor center. Not sure when it opens, though.....
1
Vote