Whales and Mendenhall Glacier

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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  |  299 ReviewsReview This Tour
Great excursion
October 09, 2022
Our tour driver was informative about the Mendenhall glacier and area around Juneau, as well as being prompt and courteous. The whale watching was the best I've ever been on, the captain took us to an area where we saw plenty of humpback whales and worked to keep them in good view of the entire boat. While I can't say Shore Excursions was responsible for the beautiful weather we had, they were responsible for the great time we had.
Reviewer: Kym Owens-Cree
5 Stars
October 06, 2022
This was one of the best tours I took. Although I didn't get to spend much time at the Glacier, I did have enough time to hike the trail and back, which meant no time for the visitor center. The whale watch was amazing. We saw sea otters, eagles, seals and many many whales. Loved it!
Reviewer: Deborah A. Joyce
5 Stars
Saw the whales!
September 29, 2022
We were very fortunate to see several sitings. Some were the same whale but others were individual surfacing. Skipper was very experienced and great in explaining what the whales did.
Reviewer: John McCarthy
5 Stars
Whale Watching
September 21, 2022
What a great time! Many whales to see.
Reviewer: Justin Miller
5 Stars
The Best
September 16, 2022
Saw many whales and some mother/calf playing. The hikes, waterfall and glacier was magnificent.
Reviewer: Doug
5 Stars
We had an AWESOME time!!!!
September 16, 2022
We saw whales, sea lions, bald eagles and more!
Reviewer: Leslie and Ruben
5 Stars