Things to Do in Juneau Alaska

Fill your days in Juneau with activities like shopping, dining, arts, heritage and endless outdoor adventures.

So what's there to see and do in Juneau? Plenty. We hope you're planning to stay awhile – it's the best way to maximize your adventure in Alaska!

Whether your idea of fun is a day of shopping followed by a night of hoisting brews with the locals, or an exhilarating outdoor adventure followed by a great dinner featuring the day's fresh catch, there are plenty of things to do in Juneau.

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There are several to choose from, but Mendenhall Glacier is our biggest chip off the ol' (ice) block — and you can actually drive right to it if you're so inclined. We've conveniently placed Alaska's most popular attraction just 13 miles from downtown and right near the airport. We're friendly that way. As if Mendenhall wasn't enough, explore more glaciers the surrounding area has to offer.


Everyone wants to see a little wildlife, even if from afar. Juneau has such an abundance of air, land and sea creatures that you are more than likely to catch a glimpse of a bear, bald eagle, or even a humpback whale while you are here - especially April through November. And if you do want to watch our wildlife a little closer, a variety of tours can get you near a black bear, Dall's porpoise, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, mountain goats, and Sitka blacktail deer.

Arts & Culture

Rich and varied, the historic district has more than a few sights to offer in a small, walkable stretch. Plan ahead to see this area during one of Juneau's many Annual Events or check the Events Calendar to dive in on a whim. Don't forget to give yourself time to take in one of the many rotating museum galleries.

Outdoor Activities

Sea kayaking, hiking, rafting and other outdoor adventures offer exhilarating ways to enjoy Alaska's wilderness. For something even more unique, take off in a small plane or helicopter to see the sights from above, then land right on a glacier to go hiking or dog-sledding. During the winter, hit the slopes for downhill skiing, heli-skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding.

Shopping and Dining

You should don your Sunday best (or not - we're pretty casual around here) and attend a performance at Juneau's nationally acclaimed Perseverance Theatre, dine on locally caught seafood, and pick up handcrafted Native artwork to take home to people you like. Yourself, for instance.


Juneau residents schedule their year around the salmon migration. (We're not kidding.) If you're inclined to cast a line, you can charter a boat to catch the good stuff or ask a local - you might just snag a few good tips.