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Juneau Shore Excursion Reviews

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Popular Things to Do in Juneau

Though Juneau boasts the title of Alaska's capital city, it doesn't have much in common with other American capitals -- its population is less than 50,000 people and it's completely surrounded by mountains and water. There are no roads leading in or out of Juneau, which actually makes it a great choice for cruising (as it must be accessed by air or by water). Being surrounded by unspoiled nature, Juneau is a cruise port that offers visitors a number of unique shore excursion options from whale watching to glacier viewing. Most cruise ships are docked just a few minutes' walk from Downtown Juneau, so consider a visit to the Capitol building or a pit stop at the Alaskan Brewing Co. before or after your excursion.

The Alaska cruise season is May through September; summer is temperate and mild, but Juneau is located in a rainforest so visitors should be prepared for rain and the possibility that it will affect planned excursions. Residents of Juneau speak English and the currency is the U.S. dollar.


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26 Excursions Found (Displaying Results 1 - 25)

#1 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Mendenhall Glacier

971 Reviews
Mendenhall Glacier is easy accessible from Juneau and one fo the most popular attractions among cruise travelers. This magnificent glacier measures 12 miles long!
#2 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Whale Watching

906 Reviews
Experience an intimate encounter with Humpback and Orca whales on a scenic whale watching tour around Juneau harbor.
#3 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Mount Roberts Tramway

263 Reviews
Ride the tram up Mount Roberts and experience the panorama of Juneau and the Inside Passage from 1,800 feet above the city.
#4 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Dog Sledding

162 Reviews
Dog sledding is a quintessential Alaskan experience- allow a team of strong huskies to pull you through Juneau's trails and countryside.
#5 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Helicopter Tour

138 Reviews
Helicopter tours are a must-do in Alaska and it's easy to understand why. Nothing beats the view of Juneau's glaciers and icy waters from above.
#6 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Float Plane

93 Reviews
A float plane will provide you with some of the most exquisite views that Juneau has to offer. Some tours include a salmon feast at a quaint lodge.
#7 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Gardens/Hatchery

69 Reviews
Combine a Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure and Macauley Salmon Hatchery tour.
#8 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Whales, Bears and Glaciers

58 Reviews
This excursion covers the perfect trifecta of Alaska's attractions: whale-watching, bear-viewing and a scenic flight over the glaciers of the Juneau Icefield.
#9 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Best of Juneau

57 Reviews
Experience Juneau's many natural attractions from its famous glaciers all the way to the majestic sealife!
#10 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

City Tour

56 Reviews
Part rugged fishing village and part government center, Juneau is a fascinating town. A guided tour of the Alaskan capital includes the Mendenhall Glacier, a real salmon hatchery, and more.
#11 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Gold Panning

56 Reviews
Relive Juneau’s gold rush history and pan for gold in an authentic setting with “guaranteed gold” for everyone!
#12 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Photo Safari

51 Reviews
Join in as local guides take you by land and by sea to some of the most memorable spots in Juneau for picture-perfect snapshots.
#13 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Tracy Arm Fjord Catamaran

50 Reviews
Join the opportunity to see the very best of the Tracy Arm Wilderness Area, including exciting close-up views of the majestic Sawyer Glaciers. From the observation deck you will be able to enjoy this unforgettable experience!
#14 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Mendenhall Glacier Rafting

48 Reviews
Treat yourself to spectacular views of hanging glaciers, towering peaks, and glacial topography whilst encountering stretches of moderate rapids that add excitement to the trip.
#15 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Fishing

35 Reviews
Try your luck as an angler on an Alaskan fishing expedition on Juneau waters.
#16 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Hiking

32 Reviews
Juneau's trails offer the perfect opportunity for hiking throughout the area. Enjoy learning about Alaska's unique wildlife while catching glimpses on its popular species.
#17 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Boat Tour

27 Reviews
Meander along the Juneau coastline as local captains and crew take you through areas known for their abundance of harbor seals, bald eagles and occasionally even bears.
#18 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Kayaking

24 Reviews
Explore Juneau's coastline while kayaking through Alaska's icy waterways, viewing unique landscapes and wildlife along the way. You may even catch a glimpse of a bear!
#19 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Ziplining

23 Reviews
Zip-lining is not just for the Caribbean! Take a guided zip-lining tour through a lush canopy of towering tree tops in Alaska’s Juneau.
#20 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Culinary Tour

21 Reviews
Spend your day in Juneau learning about popular cooking techniques and local favorites as you taste traditional Alaskan foods, including corn bread and locally caught salmon.
#21 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Bicycle Tour

19 Reviews
Experience all of the mountains, glaciers, wildlife, woods, and waters Juneau has to offer on a bicycle tour.
#22 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Canoeing

15 Reviews
Experience the Alaskan wildlife and landscape up close and personal as you paddle in a traditional Tlingit-style canoe.
#23 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Trekking

15 Reviews
Experience Juneau's unforgettable landscape and scenery from above, only accessible aboard the NorthStar Trekking Level II excursion.
#24 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Nature Tour

13 Reviews
Join naturalists on a leisurely paced adventure into the wilderness on a nature tour of Juneau.
#25 of 26 Juneau Shore Excursions

Local Factory Tour

6 Reviews
Get a behind the scenes look at a local factory in Juneau and see it's production in action!

Food and Drink in Juneau

Fish, especially salmon, halibut and crab, is the dish of choice in Juneau. Despite being the state capital, Juneau's standard dress code is casual everywhere at lunch.

Twisted Fish Company: This place prepares fresh Alaskan fish and shellfish every way you can imagine. Try the fish tacos. The restaurant is near the tram and features water views. (550 S. Franklin St.; 907-463-5033; open daily from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.)

The Hangar on the Wharf: As its name suggests, The Hangar on the Wharf is located in a historic airplane hangar right on the waterfront. It boasts Southeast Alaska's largest selection of microbrews, and the lengthy menu includes seafood specialties, burgers and other American fare. Indoor/outdoor seating is available on the wharf. (2 Marine Way; 907-586-5018; open daily from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, until 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday)

Tracy's King Crab Shack: This gem serves up king crab legs and crab cakes at no-frills tables. It looks like a fast food joint but the crab is delicious. Beer is also served here. (432 S. Franklin St.; 907-723-1811; open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

Red Dog Saloon: This kitschy Wild-Western-nostalgia bar and restaurant comes complete with sawdust floors, mounted wildlife and swinging doors. The menu has an assortment of sandwiches, saloon food (think pub-style dishes) and, of course, a range of beers on tap. A piano player can typically be found tickling the keys on afternoons when cruise ships are in port. (278 S. Franklin St.; 907-463-3658; open Monday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.)

The Rookery Cafe: Serving up excellent coffees, this place earns rave reviews for its new American dishes. (111 Seward St.; 907-463-3013; open 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays)

Don't Miss in Juneau

Mendenhall Glacier: The U.S. Forest Service maintains a visitor center and walking trails at the glacier and Nugget Falls. Bears roam the creek for salmon and are often seen quite close. Not to worry -- rangers are on patrol, as well. Ships offer tours to the area, or do-it-yourselfers can take a shuttle from town. Visitors can also raft to the glacier on a guided tour with Alaska Travel Adventures (907-789-0052).

The most exciting way to see the glacier is by helicopter. Temsco Helicopters (877-789-9501) offers a basic tour with about 30 minutes in the air and 20 to 25 minutes on the glacier, as well as a dog sledding package, which gives you time on the glacier for a fun dog sledding experience. Upgrade to the Pilot's Choice tour for two different glacier landings. Advance reservations are advised, and don't forget to factor in transportation costs to the airport if they're not included.

Mount Roberts Tramway: The tram whisks travelers up a 1,800-foot-high station on Mount Roberts ($35 for an all-day pass). Visitors will find hiking trails, a cafe, a gift shop and a captive, injured bald eagle from the Juneau Raptor Center. (490 S. Franklin St.; 888-461-8726; open most days from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

Glacier Gardens: Have you seen an upside-down tree? You will at Glacier Gardens (adults $26.95, kids $15.95), where the owners turned massive trees on their tops and used the roots as giant flower baskets. The gardens flourish in a rainforest setting. Guided tours are by golf cart. (7600 Glacier Highway; 907-790-3377; open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Macaulay Salmon Hatchery: Learn all about the life of a salmon. In addition to raising and harvesting salmon, the hatchery, located 2.5 miles north of the dock, is an aquarium that displays marine life ($5 for adults, $3 for children). Kids will love the touch tank. (2697 Channel Drive; 907-463-5114; open from 10 a.m.)

Hiking: Juneau got its start as a mining town, and several leisurely (and fairly short) hikes are available from the city center that wind past old mining equipment. The Flume Trail (closed until September 2019) follows a wooden bridge past numerous small waterfalls.

Across the channel (in Douglas), the easy Treadwell Trail runs through the once vibrant mining community adjacent to a beach. The Perseverance Trail is the most challenging of the three but is very popular because of the stunning views.

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