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Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Ranked #5 of 57 things to do in Juneau
Certificate of Excellence
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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, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

We took a $30 taxi from Juneau and then hiked the short mile to the Falls with awesome views of the glacier from the beach there. No need to pay for a tour. I wish we had time to do the 2.5 mile hike that takes you to the glacier itself.

Thank James W
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

You can hike down to glacier but the Visitor Center provides a distant view. They do have a telescope to view. A few displays and an employee that will give a brief talk and answer questions.

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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Loved seeing the Glacier!! Highlight of our trip. If time allows, take the path to the waterfall. We did not have time. From a distance it is beautiful. The water is freezing. Such a beautiful place. Easy for most to walk around.

Thank Tiffany S
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

A visit to the visitor centre should be on your list when visiting the Mendenhall Glacier. The guides are very knowledgeable and helpful. The exhibits and video also add to the overall experience. We bought passes to do some hiking forwards of the visitor centre and enjoyed getting closer to the glacier. Being a sunny day really helped in getting some great photographs.

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Reviewed 24 June 2018

We took 2 busloads of people here and we had an hour visit. The feedback is that everyone would have liked more time.

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