Juneau Gardens/Hatchery Excursion Reviews

Combine a Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure and Macauley Salmon Hatchery tour.
Our four-hour tour combined a salmon hatchery, Mendenhall Glacier and Glacier Gardens.
Our four-hour tour combined a salmon hatchery, Mendenhall Glacier and Glacier Gardens. The bus driver/guide was excellent, and everything was worth seeing. The surprising highlight however was Glacier Gardens, where we were put onto ... Read More
Our four-hour tour combined a salmon hatchery, Mendenhall Glacier and Glacier Gardens. The bus driver/guide was excellent, and everything was worth seeing. The surprising highlight however was Glacier Gardens, where we were put onto golf-cart like vehicles holding about 12 people, and drove up-and-up a winding narrow road to a wonderful view from the top. The view along was worth the ride, but it was also amazing viewing all the flowers planted on the roots of the upside-down trees. Very hard to describe - you have to see it for yourself. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This was surprisingly good.
This was surprisingly good. I booked it as an alternate and fell in love with the gardens. They were worth the cost of the trip. The hatchery was also very informative and the seals snagging the salmon coming back to spawn was amusing.
This was surprisingly good. I booked it as an alternate and fell in love with the gardens. They were worth the cost of the trip. The hatchery was also very informative and the seals snagging the salmon coming back to spawn was amusing. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Very interesting details regarding the life cycle of the salmon; Garden guides were very ...
Very interesting details regarding the life cycle of the salmon; Garden guides were very knowledgeable
Very interesting details regarding the life cycle of the salmon; Garden guides were very knowledgeable Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The hatchery was very fun for my kids.
The hatchery was very fun for my kids. Seeing the hundreds of salmon try to make their way up the ramps was great, as well as the huge tanks of literally thousands of baby fish! There is a small aquarium inside that included large fish and ... Read More
The hatchery was very fun for my kids. Seeing the hundreds of salmon try to make their way up the ramps was great, as well as the huge tanks of literally thousands of baby fish! There is a small aquarium inside that included large fish and crabs, as well as sea anemones, sea cucumbers, starfish and nudibranchs. There was also a touch pool where you can handle some of the animals. We got there easily by taxi. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Salmon hatchery was interesting with good guides.
Salmon hatchery was interesting with good guides.
Salmon hatchery was interesting with good guides. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Hatchery could have been skipped.
Hatchery could have been skipped. Already tired by then. Gardens were amazing. The rainforest was really nice.
Hatchery could have been skipped. Already tired by then. Gardens were amazing. The rainforest was really nice. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We did a trolley tour with M&M Tours and went to the hatchery and it was a great tour.
We did a trolley tour with M&M Tours and went to the hatchery and it was a great tour. The guide was awesome and hatchery was really interesting.
We did a trolley tour with M&M Tours and went to the hatchery and it was a great tour. The guide was awesome and hatchery was really interesting. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This was a wonderful outing !
This was a wonderful outing ! Seeing the salmon hatchery was interesting and I saw my first eagle there. Then the gardens , they were beautiful !!
This was a wonderful outing ! Seeing the salmon hatchery was interesting and I saw my first eagle there. Then the gardens , they were beautiful !! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
I went to the salmon hatchery and then Mendenhall Glacier.
I went to the salmon hatchery and then Mendenhall Glacier. I had not realized that the salmon hatchery was part of my excursion, but I was so glad I went. It was fascinating to see the work they are doing and the touch tanks and aquariums ... Read More
I went to the salmon hatchery and then Mendenhall Glacier. I had not realized that the salmon hatchery was part of my excursion, but I was so glad I went. It was fascinating to see the work they are doing and the touch tanks and aquariums had an interesting collection of Alaskan sea creatures. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Gardens were beautiful and the hatchery was really interesting.
Gardens were beautiful and the hatchery was really interesting.
Gardens were beautiful and the hatchery was really interesting. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The hatchery did not cause extreme excitement.
The hatchery did not cause extreme excitement. Could have been skipped w/o regrets. The gardens tour was very enjoyable. Surprisingly so. Mostly consists of upside-down trees with gardens in the "roots." Fascinating.
The hatchery did not cause extreme excitement. Could have been skipped w/o regrets. The gardens tour was very enjoyable. Surprisingly so. Mostly consists of upside-down trees with gardens in the "roots." Fascinating. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Glacier gardens is worth the cost of the excursion!
Glacier gardens is worth the cost of the excursion! It was like being in Dr Suess land! After we visited the gardens we moved on to Mendenhall Glacier. Make sure you take the ike to Nugget Falls. It's only a mile round trip and brings ... Read More
Glacier gardens is worth the cost of the excursion! It was like being in Dr Suess land! After we visited the gardens we moved on to Mendenhall Glacier. Make sure you take the ike to Nugget Falls. It's only a mile round trip and brings ou as close to the glacier as you can get with the added beauty of a raging waterfall you are practically in! The fish hatchery was just ok. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Actually went into rainforest.
Actually went into rainforest. Views fantastic saw enormous eagles nest, and the upside down trees with gardens planted in root system were interesting. Were taken by large golf carts 580 ft above sea level. Hatchery was ok but still ... Read More
Actually went into rainforest. Views fantastic saw enormous eagles nest, and the upside down trees with gardens planted in root system were interesting. Were taken by large golf carts 580 ft above sea level. Hatchery was ok but still early in season so no salmon going up the ladders, way too small. A lot of bald eagles around as was low tide and they were diving getting food. We got off tour bus before returning to ship and had lunch at Deckhandaves a little outdoor dockside restaurant. Busy. Food was great. Did some shopping in town and then took shuttle back to ship Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Hatchery was not interesting.
Hatchery was not interesting. The garden was beautiful and is worth the time
Hatchery was not interesting. The garden was beautiful and is worth the time Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Hatchery was educational but consisted of concrete pools and a concrete salmon ladder
Hatchery was educational but consisted of concrete pools and a concrete salmon ladder
Hatchery was educational but consisted of concrete pools and a concrete salmon ladder Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The gardens were terrific riding through a rain forest up so high.
The gardens were terrific riding through a rain forest up so high. The flowers were beautiful and the gift center/refreshment area very interesting and friendly. I enjoyed learning abouit the salmon life cycle and touring the facility.
The gardens were terrific riding through a rain forest up so high. The flowers were beautiful and the gift center/refreshment area very interesting and friendly. I enjoyed learning abouit the salmon life cycle and touring the facility. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Glacier Gardens is very unique with its upside down trees.
Glacier Gardens is very unique with its upside down trees. Staff there was very good and knowledgeable.
Glacier Gardens is very unique with its upside down trees. Staff there was very good and knowledgeable. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The gardens were beautiful and worth the time to see and hear the history of how they were started ...
The gardens were beautiful and worth the time to see and hear the history of how they were started and up-kept. There is a lot of work and excellently done.
The gardens were beautiful and worth the time to see and hear the history of how they were started and up-kept. There is a lot of work and excellently done. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Love the hatchery.
Love the hatchery. The gardens was disappointing to me. I would of loved walking paths to look at flowers/scenery and take pictures but 95% was like a jeep type tour.
Love the hatchery. The gardens was disappointing to me. I would of loved walking paths to look at flowers/scenery and take pictures but 95% was like a jeep type tour. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
They were interesting was educational.
They were interesting was educational. There's a cart taking us around the Gardens, so not much walking required.
They were interesting was educational. There's a cart taking us around the Gardens, so not much walking required. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The Gardens were beautiful especially the upside down tree.
The Gardens were beautiful especially the upside down tree. We learned a lot about salmon at the hatchery
The Gardens were beautiful especially the upside down tree. We learned a lot about salmon at the hatchery Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
It was a Hatchery Our - Mendenhall Glacier combo.
It was a Hatchery Our - Mendenhall Glacier combo. Hatchery was fascinating and it was amazing to see the salmon spawning! The colors were phenomenal
It was a Hatchery Our - Mendenhall Glacier combo. Hatchery was fascinating and it was amazing to see the salmon spawning! The colors were phenomenal Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The Gardens were fantastic.
The Gardens were fantastic. It shows what one person/family can do when they put their heart into it. I particularly like the upside down gardens. The hatchery was just a normal salmon hatchery but the fish had started their summer run ... Read More
The Gardens were fantastic. It shows what one person/family can do when they put their heart into it. I particularly like the upside down gardens. The hatchery was just a normal salmon hatchery but the fish had started their summer run so there were quite a few wild salmon waiting in the holding pens. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Gardens were gorgeous and unique.
Gardens were gorgeous and unique. Felt like a quiet and secret hideaway away from the bustle of the other heavily trafficked areas of Juneau.
Gardens were gorgeous and unique. Felt like a quiet and secret hideaway away from the bustle of the other heavily trafficked areas of Juneau. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Not much to the hatchery but saw several Bald Eagles and the touch pools for kids were awesome.
Not much to the hatchery but saw several Bald Eagles and the touch pools for kids were awesome. Friendly and knowledgeable guide.
Not much to the hatchery but saw several Bald Eagles and the touch pools for kids were awesome. Friendly and knowledgeable guide. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International