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Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
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Juneau Shore Excursion: City and Mendenhall Glacier Tour with Seafood Lunch or...
Ranked #2 of 92 things to do in Juneau
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 25 July 2014

Visiting Mendenhall Glacier is a great opportunity that, sadly, won't be around for much longer. It is a beautiful, serene, and awe-inspiring sight, but with the decrease in snow fall and the recession of the ice field, I'm afraid my grandchildren may not ever have to opportunity to see it. The park has an excellent visitors' center with park rangers on hand to give explanations of the glacier and the surrounding area. For example, we learned that glacier ice melts five times slower than the ice we're used to due to the lack of oxygen within it. Who knew? Anyway, you can walk relatively close to the glacier if you want, as there is a nice path that will lead you within a short distance of it (with a beautiful waterfall at the end as well), but even if you stay near the lodge you will have excellent views and photo opportunities. I really think anyone who finds themselves in the Juneau area should make this sight a priority. Just look out for bears. They like the area too.

Thank CAChris33
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

This is our 3rd trip to see Mendenhall Glacier and it is always a treat but sad to see it retreating as fast as it is. We did not do it thru the ship. There are tours right at the dock that offer much cheaper rates. We got a great deal on the Tram and included a shuttle up to Mendenhall Glacier.

There is a fee to actually go into the visitor center because it is a National Park. We have lifetime Park passes so that was free for us.

There are also some hiking trails that are great to walk around at. The visitor center had a piece of ice that was over 200 years old that you could touch.
I recommend that you see it!

Thank thesteevesgroup
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

We took a bus to the Mendenhall Glacier from the center of town. The visitor center had a great view of the Glacier, $3 per adult. We watched a short informative movie and then walked on a couple of trails. There was a warning of bears on the trials, which scared me a bit. We made plenty of noise and never saw a bear. We saw two bald eagles! I wish we had more time to explore more trails.

Thank LRosemary1
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

We went on a rainy day and it was quite amazing with the falls and the glacier in full view. I wish we would have been able to get a little closer but the trail was closed because of flooding. The observatory is up around the corner and cost $3 to enter, but is packed full of information and education. Highly recommended.

Thank Roseanne D
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Just gliding by - beautiful scenery. The whole area is just spectacular - snow capped peaks and blue skies - we were so blessed to have great weather, week before was apparently dull and overcast.

Thank Sandy W
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