Juneau is situated in the heart of Alaska's Inside Passage and offers an extensive list of exciting activities and adventures for all types of visitors. Starting with the spectular view right outside your window of the scenic Gastineau Channel, the city of Juneau and it's surrounding areas are filled with historical attractions, natural wonders, hiking trails, shopping opportunities and countless outdoor activities ranging from flightseeing to fishing.
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Experiencing Juneau by boat or plane is truly an incredible experience. Guides, captains and naturalists are informative and knowledgeable - best of all, they cater to your experience. Beachside Villa only recommends the very best tours to you - we want you to have a fabulous experience!
Following is a sampling of some of the most popular excursions to take while staying at our Alaska Inn. There are many more activities to choose from, such as Juneau City tours by motorcoach or trolley; salmon bakes, garden tours, golfing, hiking (guided or unguided), or a ride on the Mt. Roberts Tram.
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A frozen expanse larger than the State of Rhode Island. The on-site Visitor's Center is open daily from May 6 to September 27th. Adults $3. Children 12 and under free. Beginning mid- to late-May, the US Forest Service offers a 1 1/2 to 2-hour hike on the Moraine Ecology Trail. Forty-five minute nature walks start at 2 p.m.
Juneau has 50 major trails or 120 short walks—the most in Southeast Alaska. Trails vary in difficulty. You'll need to bring waterproof hiking boots, rain gear, and extra clothing. Trail guides are available at the Forest Service Information Service Information Center in Centennial Hall.
There are 114 species of birds that nest in Juneau. Roughly 16,000 bald eagles live in Southeast Alaska. They are most frequently spotted near the water, often perched high in a treetop searching for signs of fish. You can often see bald eagles perched right on the hut outside Beachside Villa eating their prey. One of the many advantages to our Juneau Waterfront lodging!
Visit the oldest Russian Orthodox Church in Alaska. Built in 1894. Open in summer—small donations are requested.
Enjoy a free 1/2 hour tour and a sample of brew. Summer tours begin May 3rd through Sept. 25th. Mon-Saturdays, 11-5. Last tour starts at 4:30. Wintertime tours are offered Thursdays to Saturdays from 11 to 4:30.
Downtown museums feature an array of artifacts, antiques, art and natural history displayed on a continual basis. The Alaska State Museum is open in the summer 9-6 weekdays and 10-6 weekends. Admission is $4. The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is open 9-5 weekdays and 10 to 5 weekends. Admission is $3. The Last-Chance Mining Museum is a short ride or a 45-minute stroll to the end of Basin Road. As you go, watch for wildlife, such as bear, porcupine and eagles on the surrounding hillsides. Hours are 9:30-12:30 & 3:30-6:30. Admission is $3.
Watch a movie history of Juneau. Time: 1/2 hour. Shows are daily on the hour. Price: $5.
2,000-foot ride up to the observatory, cafeteria-style restaurant and hiking trails. Native themes accentuate throughout, including carvings and traditional and modern artwork. Adults $19.75. Children ages 7-12, $10.50.
Ride in covered golf carts through lush gardens and rainforests to the scenic overlook on Thunder Mountain. Guided trips begin May 1 from 9-6 daily. Gift shop and café on site. Adults $14.95. Children $8.95.
Narrated city tour with courtesy stops at 12 downtown attractions. Unlimited day passes. May – September. 8-6 daily. Adults: $12+tax. Children: $8.50+tax.
Golf in full view of the beautiful Mendenhall Glacier. Daily 8-6 p.m. Visitor's Special is $25 and includes: green fees – 9 holes; pull cart & club rental with balls & tees; certificate of play in Alaska's Capital City. Soft drinks and packaged snacks available. No alcohol permitted.
Multi-purpose athletic club featuring cardio equipment, weightlifting areas, tennis & racquetball. Discount passes available at our bed and breakfast.
Experience the unique beauty of Glacier Bay on one of these 1-, 2-, or multi- day trips to Glacier Bay National Park. The 1-day package includes a scenic flight to and from Gustavus, the National Gateway to Glacier Bay National Park. Then, you can spend the day aboard the Spirit of Adventure, a sightseeing catamaran featuring an open top-deck viewing as well as comfortable inside seating with large picture windows. Take in the mountain scenery, wildlife and up-close glacier viewing. Then come and cozy up after your Juneau Alaska Vacation.
Travel from Juneau to Gustavus aboard the high-speed catamaran, and stay on board for the 3-hour wildlife tour in the afternoon. Gustavus is located along Icy Strait near Point Adolphus, known for its spectacular humpback whale watching opportunities. Relax that evening at the Glacier Bay Lodge. In the morning you can embark on the Spirit of Adventure to explore the Bay's West Arm. See wildlife and birds and dramatic glaciers. After returning to the lodge you'll take a scenic flight back to Juneau.
Some of the world's best whale watching awaits you in Juneau. You can see humpback whales, Orca whales, sea otters, and many bird species. Experienced captains and naturalists help make your trip a great one. This is a great activity while staying at our Juneau Inn.
Fishing in the Inside Passage is sensational. Spend an exciting full or half-day fishing for salmon or Pacific halibut with experienced captains. Prices and experiences vary. Call us for recommendations.
A float plane trip to Admiralty Island to see the largest concentration of Brown Bears (Grizzlies) and nesting Bald Eagles in the world. Land and observe bears from the floatplane—Mother Nature, the bears, and safety permitting. About 3 hours.
Take a trip on a floatplane for a 45-minute scenic flight above Juneau's 1,500 square mile icecap. You can even land on the glacier. Flightseeing is available year round, weather permitting; small plane or helicopter.
No experience needed. Suitable for ages 12 and over. On this leisurely trip, you can see bald eagles, sea birds, seals and occasionally whales. Guides are experts on the natural and cultural history of S.E. Alaska and will share legends and landscapes of this remarkable region. You'll also learn about Native culture, wildlife and bird observation and Alaska's lush coastal ecology. Equipment includes: life vest, rain gear, boots, spray skirt, paddles and waterproof bag. Time: 6 to 7 hours. Hearty snack is included.
Paddle out onto Mendenhall Lake near the face of Mendenhall Glacier in the Tongass National Forest. Join the adventure and paddle along with your guide or sit back and let them do the work as you take in the spectacular scenery. About 3 1/2 hours.
This 25-mile stretch of narrow waterway, located about 66 miles from Juneau is enclosed by dramatic cliffs. Iceberg-laden water is magnificent. See such wildlife as humpback or Orca whales, black bears, mountain goats, Stellar sea lions, and bald eagles on this trip. Call us, your Juneau Alaksa lodging, regarding vessel options and trip times.
Explore Icy Strait, one of Alaska's richest marine wildlife habitats. You'll have the opportunity to observe humpback whales, bald eagles, Stellar sea lions, seals, sea otters, orca whales, and many bird species. This rich wildlife habitat is famous for its high concentration of humpback whales. Hot lunch included. About 2 1/2 hours.