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Totem Bight State Historical Park

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Address: Ketchikan, AK
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07:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 18:00
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What a gem, right on the waterfront

Saw this amazing park as part of our 3 hour ecotrip with Wild Wolf Tours. Thought it might be hokey, it was anything but! really glad to have gone.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Saratoga, California
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Saratoga, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Saw this amazing park as part of our 3 hour ecotrip with Wild Wolf Tours. Thought it might be hokey, it was anything but! really glad to have gone.

Thank Mary99
Vilnius County, Lithuania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As there is not very big park, it takes just a little time to visit and see amazing Totem Poles. Anyway, loved it. Suggesting to take a cab or shuttle bus.

Thank Erika J
Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we enjoyed visiting this park, there is so much history here, and each totem tells its story. it is definitely worth a stop... make sure to enjoy all the old trees and nature all around here as well... it is quite stunning

Thank mmmaria63
Shepherd, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

If you're exploring Ketchikan you must stop by Totem Bight State park it is a great way to explore and learn about the native people here and what totems were used for and what they symbolize. The park has great educational signs so you can learn about totems as well as appreciate the beauty of the temperate rainforest. You can... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Fun to visit. Did not spend a whole lot of time here but worth checking out if u have not been before. Lots of visitors

Thank Jenny C
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

You can go without a travel guide, but it really did enhance our experience. We learned about native culture and local plants/berries. Beautiful park would highly recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This park has a lodge that you can enter and totem poles with some explanations on a sign. It is right on the water, so you can check out the rocky beach. There is a poem on one of the display signs. The office was closed when we were there. It would be better to go when it is staffed.

Thank Rosemary W
Woodstock, Ont
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The short trail through the park has a number of beautiful trees! We took photos of the totem poles and enjoyed going inside the Community house where people used to gather for meetings, ceremonies etc. Sorry, I can't remember the name of the building but it was very nice to go inside and feel the history of this place.

Thank Lily B
Plymouth, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We visited Totem Bight State Historical Park as part of a Ketchikan city tour package. This park is perfect for learning about totem poles IF you have a knowledgeable guide who can explain the meaning and symbols that the totems include. It's a short walk from the parking lot to the totem and clan house area, not a hard walk... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The collection here is small but excellent. Pay your fee at the small booth before you get to the totem poles. The man working in the booth was able to answer all of our questions. The only disappointment was that the building where carvers work was not open the day we went. I'm not sure if that building is part... More 

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