Located on the Alaskan Panhandle, the small city of Skagway is best known for being the gateway to the Yukon Territory during the Klondike Gold Rush in the 1890’s. With only one day to visit, you’ll have time to see historic downtown Skagway and enjoy an outdoor adventure. Here's how.
Thanks to fertile soil and long summer days, Skagway is known as the “Garden City of Alaska” and has a rich tradition of vegetable gardening and flower landscaping. Jewell Gardens and Garden City Glassworks is a popular attraction for Skagway visitors and features beautifully manicured wildflower gardens, organic vegetable patches, and Alaska’s only glassblowing studio open to guests.
Open: May - Sept daily, 9am - 5pm.
Jewell Gardens, Skagway, AK 99840
Visitors are welcome to tour the garden grounds on their own or as part of a garden or culinary tour. Opt for the glassblowing experience, which combines a garden tour with a glassblowing class, where you’ll make your own glass souvenir to take home. Tours can be combined with an afternoon tea or lunch at the onsite cafe, which features organic, seasonal produce grown in the gardens. The garden gift shop sells hand-blown glass ornaments made in the Garden City Glassworks studio.
Things to know before you go
- Flower enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to Skagway’s Jewell Gardens.
- An admission is required to visit the gardens and tours and workshops are available at an additional fee.
- Closed-toe shoes are required for all glassblowing tours.
- The Jewell Gardens and glassblowing experiences are wheelchair-accessible.
How to get there
The Jewell Gardens are located on the opposite side of Skagway from the waterfront, about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from the cruise port. The Skagway SMART shuttles provide transport to Jewel Gardens from downtown and the cruise port. Tours of Jewel Gardens often include round-trip transportation from Skagway’s Historic District.
When to get there
The Jewell Gardens are open daily from early May through late September and there is an on-site restaurant that serves lunch. Thousands of tulips delight visitors in May and special festivals and events are offered during the summer months.
Garden City Glassworks
Visitors can watch glass artists melt and mold glass into beautiful works of art at the Garden City Glassworks studio located in Jewell Gardens. You’ll also want to keep your eye out for curious glass sculptures throughout the gardens. To learn more about the art of glassblowing, you can take a glassblowing workshop and create your own work of art under the supervision of a professional glass artist.
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