The following family-friendly list of free things to do in Juneau, Alaska’s beautiful capital city, can help make a family vacation more affordable.
3. Shrine of St. Therese and the Jensen-Olson ArboretumLocated about 25 miles north of downtown Juneau, the Shrine of St. Therese and the Jensen-Olsen Arboretum a bit further out the road are beautiful, peaceful places to relax and reflect. Both present outstanding views of the water and mountains and are enjoyed by young and old alike.
6. Local BeachesThe local beaches in Juneau offer a wide variety of experiences, from Sandy Beach in Douglas to the rocky shores of Lena Cove. Many offer picnic facilities (tables, fire pits, shelters, restrooms) while others are simply “do it yourself.” Popular beach activities include swimming, sunning, beachcombing, picnicking and tide pool exploration.
7. Salmon Spawning StreamsBetween July and September, many of the natural salmon spawning streams in the Juneau area are filled with salmon completing their natural life cycle, and it is certainly a spectacle to behold. While some fish these streams, most people just go to watch this amazing annual event.
8. Free ConcertsFrom May-September, enjoy free concerts Friday evenings at Marine Park Plaza in downtown Juneau. At noon on Friday, attend free pipe organ concerts in the atrium of the State Office Building.
10. Project PlaygroundSpend the day at Juneau’s Project Playground, a community sponsored and constructed play area at Twin Lakes. Conceived by children for children and completed in the summer of 2008, this totally modern playground is on a beautiful lake setting and has picnic and restroom facilities nearby.