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“It is not just some garden walk....”

Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure
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Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure in Juneau
Ranked #15 of 96 things to do in Juneau
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First of all if you are looking for a quiet, peaceful walk through a garden this is NOT your tour. When you enter you will be placed on large golf carts and carried up into the mountain. There are sudden drop offs and although I never felt unsafe, I am afraid of heights and struggled. There are majestic views at the top and a lot of history of the garden is told to you. I won't return due to my fear of heights but I am glad we did this. We had a super sunny day so I cannot even imagine the climb had it been raining.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Included on a tour of Juneau we didn't quite know what to expect. But it is a special slice of the Alaskan rainforest. You are transported through the rainforest with its unique views and plants, including their upside down trees; dead trees stuck in the ground with the roots up and planted with hundreds of blooming flowers. It includes a view of the Juneau area from a high point cliff. There is also a visitors center with dozens of hanging plants in full bloom. A special place well worth the visit.

Thank Jim S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved the upside down trees planted with annuals. What the owners have done to restore this property is amazing. Visionary and backbreaking.

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Thank Donna W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited this rain forest in June 2018. Some highlights of this experience: the park had spectacular view overlooking the Juneau airport at the top of rain forest, the gift shop area had very pretty flowers hanging in the pots at the start of tour. Enjoyed the unusual overturned trees and flowers planted inside the old root system. The short drive to the top of mountain was nice but presentation & story by the young tour driver could be improved. After visiting the Butchart Gardens in Victoria Canada it sets the bar very high but this tour was still worth the stop.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The highlight of the tour is literally the upside tree stumps that they have transformed into planters. I took this as part of an excursion off a cruise. We arrived and took a two minute walk basically up to where they put us on large jeep/bus that held about 20 people. A trip through the garden/forest to bring us to a great look out area. Then back down to what they called a visitor center - more like a make shift green house. I asked about any walking paths as we still had time but they said what we walked up to get on the jeeps were basically it. It was scenic but I've been to a lot of better gardens.

Thank TravelingGirl65
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