Whales and Mendenhall Glacier

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Infants (ages 2 and under) are free but must be accounted for below.
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Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 4 Hours 40 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 5 to 25 minute walk, or an approximately 5 minute shuttle ride (not included, approximately $5 US per person) is required to reach your departure location.
Food/Beverage Provided A snack and coffee is included.
Recommended Dress For all tours in Alaska, we recommend dressing in layers with the top layer being waterproof. Participants should dress in warm layers appropriate for changing weather conditions and temperatures, and comfortable waterproofed walking shoes.
Restrictions Guests must be able to navigate a ramp that leads to a floating dock to access the boat. Due to dramatic tidal changes, this ramp may be steep. Folding wheelchairs are permitted on this tour, but must be stored at the office while on the boat. Walking at the visitors center includes some steps and inclines. Guests 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult of 18 or older.

Juneau Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier Tour

Spectacular whales and the Mendenhall Glacier; All in a half-day Juneau excursion on a boat holding a maximum of only 40 guests. Whale viewing is guaranteed.

Your Juneau excursion adventure begins with a short drive to a scenic harbor. Here, you will board a mammal-friendly jet boat equipped with water jet drives to ensure a quiet underwater operation without dangerous propellers that may frighten or harm the animals. The boats have an enclosed and heated cabin, complete with indoor plumbing. In addition, the boat only holds a maximum of 40 guests. There are large viewing windows and an outdoor viewing deck, providing an up-close and personal experience while you observe and photograph the animals in their natural surroundings.

On this Juneau excursion, you will be on the boat for approximately two hours in an area that the whales frequent every summer.

Returning to land, you will travel further into the valley to see the only "drive up" glacier in Southeast Alaska. Once you arrive at the Visitor's Center (entrance included), you will have approximately 45 minutes to explore on your own. Enjoy an elevated view of the glacier across the Mendenhall Lake, see the exhibits, or watch a short film about the Juneau Ice Fields. For those guests feeling more adventurous during this Juneau excursion, there are several hiking paths around the lake area, including Photo Point Trail, which winds along Mendenhall Lake to an unobstructed view of the glacier face. At the appointed time, meet your guide for the trip back to town.

5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  284 ReviewsReview This Tour
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
January 09, 2020
Excellent tour. Excellent Captain and Crew. Great Whale watching.
Reviewer: D. MacNeal
5 Stars
December 10, 2019
This was very enjoyable.
Reviewer: Dan Campbell
4 Stars
Outstanding and Amazing!
October 26, 2019
My adult daughter and I enjoyed a wonderful excursion with the crew seeing whales and some sea otters. They made sure that we knew where to look and when to capture wonderful memories of our afternoon.
Reviewer: Sally Hanson
5 Stars
Great Excursion
October 14, 2019
We got to see lots of whales. I would have liked to be a little closer. Knowledgeable guides. Beautiful land!
Reviewer: Lori C
5 Stars
Whale and mendenhall glacier
October 14, 2019
Loved it. Saw whales. They even had personal names for them
Reviewer: Donna M Landrum
5 Stars
Whale watching and Mendall Glacier
October 09, 2019
Wow is all I can really say. Captain Brandon and Jesse were friendly and very knowledgeable. Almost from the time we left the dock there were things to see. The communication between the captain and other ships allowed us to view some pretty incredible sights, we may have otherwise missed. We saw several whales swimming very near the boat! Jesse told us it was uncommon to view so many whales at the same time. The boat itself was fantastic, we were able to view from both the front and back of the boat, during the outing. We enjoyed the trip a lot even it was raining we saw the changes colors of the sky, rainbows and seals it was amazing. I highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Rosie Wong
5 Stars