Gary Clair


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Juneau, Alaska isn’t a typical family vacation destination, but the kids are sure to love it. It’s a unique destination with lots of wildlife and outdoor activities to enjoy as a family. Here are the best things to do that both kids, and adults, will love.

Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure

This activity is both educational and fun. Glacier Gardens is a 50 acre botanical garden in the Tongass National Forest. While it’s only open through September each year, it’s a worthwhile guided tour. The rainforest adventure tour starts with the tour guide taking you through the gardens and the history behind them. You’ll also take a ride through the rainforest of the Tongass National Rainforest and to the top of Thunder Mountain.

Mount Roberts Aerial Tramway

If your kids aren’t afraid of heights, the aerial tramway is the best way to see a great view of Gastineau Channel and Juneau. The ticket fee includes an all day pass up and down the mountain on the ADA accessible tram. Once you’re at the top of Mount Roberts, you can visit the nature center and learn more about Alaskan wildlife over a complimentary cup of cider. The trails around Mount Roberts are for all experience levels and wind through the beautiful rainforest and wildflower meadows.

Whale watching

Alaska is one of the best places to see whales. Especially Juneau for its location on the Inside Passage. May-September is the best time to see whales in Juneau. There are several companies in the area that offer whale watching tours and specialty packages. The Gastineau Guiding Company offers custom group tours and shore excursions including a whale watching and rainforest trail tour. Harv and Marv’s Whale Watching Tours offer a three-hour whale watching tour and transportation from your Juneau hotel.

Sled dog camp

Visit the musher’s camp and the dogs who compete in this famous Alaskan sport. During the summer, the camp is open to tourists to experience dog sledding firsthand. Your tour starts by playing with the puppies at the camp. Then you can take off on a wheeled sled through the Tongass National Rainforest. One of the best parts is spending time at the camp and asking professional mushers to share their dog sledding stories.

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