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Whale Watching Adventure, Mendenhall Glacier & Gold Creek Salmon Bake!

Come face to face with a glacier, marvel at a huge humpback whale leaping out of the water and top this excitement off with a scrumptious meal featuring wild Alaskan salmon grilled over an alder wood fire. You'll call this combination amazing. We call it the Best of Juneau®.

Enjoy a narrated transfer to the spectacular icewall of the Mendenhall Glacier and its adjacent Visitors Center, where a ranger can satisfy your curiosity about the natural wonders. Roam the grounds, snap photos, take in the interactive exhibits, and watch bears feast on salmon.

From Mendenhall Glacier you'll be transported to Auke Bay. There your captain and onboard naturalist will welcome you aboard the North Star, our state of the art 48-passenger jet boat custom designed for Juneau whale watching with large windows, an outside viewing deck and an amplified hydrophone system for listening to whales communicate under water.

Juneau has a healthy humpback whale population with some 65 whales returning each season to feed in the nutrient-rich waters and your captain is well versed in locating them. In fact, whale sightings are guaranteed! If a whale is not spotted during your cruise we'll refund you $100 ($50 for children). Your captain will let you know when whales are spotted, but it's more likely you'll first be alerted by the collective chorus of "Oohhs!" and "Awwhhs!" from your fellow adventurers as they witness a giant humpback suddenly breach.

Binoculars are available for your use onboard. Venture out on the deck to enjoy a panoramic view of your surroundings or to take a photo. Or, settle into your warm and comfortable interior surroundings to enjoy the scenery and wildlife sightings through the oversized windows.

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Following your cruise you're off to the Gold Creek Salmon Bake. In a beautiful setting nestled in the rainforest, you'll arrive to the aroma of wild Alaskan salmon grilling over an open alder wood fire. The all-you-can-eat buffet also includes Cheechako Chicken, Alyeska Au Gratin Potatoes, Chilkoot Baked Beans, Tongass Wild-Rice Pilaf, and other sides, salads and beverages and blueberry cake for dessert!

After your meal, roast marshmallows over a crackling campfire, visit the Salmon Creek Trading Post and stroll to the beautiful Salmon Creek waterfall. Take your time! With frequent courtesy bus service, you can return at your leisure.

Tour Includes: Narrated transfer to Mendenhall Glacier and self-guided tour, whale watching cruise with onboard naturalist, wild Alaskan salmon and all-you-can eat buffet at the Gold Creek Salmon Bake, return transfer to the pier.

For those who might be on a tighter schedule, please ask us for the abbreviated version.
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MAY–SEPT. Multiple departures daily.
6-1/4 HOURS
ADULT $185 | CHILD $139
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Child rate applies to ages 12 & under.
Taxes not included.
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Notes: Sequence of tour features may vary. Suitable for all ages. Dress comfortably and bring your camera. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 13-17 must have a signed parental consent form if traveling without a parent or guardian.
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Customer Reviews:
One of many adventures in Alaska, and one of the best. We chose this Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Watching, and Salmon Bake excursion because of the short time we had in Juneau and felt this would give us the most for our time and money. We were correct. The Trip to the Glacier visitor center was short but plenty enough time to see what was there, take a ton of photos, and satisfy our curiosity. We were surprised to see how the boat captain was able to reposition the boat in order to obtain the best viewing possible without disturbing the view of other boats.The people on the boat we took were very nice. They were very knowledgeable and seemed to enjoy what they were doing. On the way back we were able to see a good view of the Mendenhall Glacier. Very enjoyable excursion.
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