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Historic Gold Mining and Panning Adventure

Juneau, United States
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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While your ship is docked in Juneau, pan for gold at Gold Creek and Last Chance Basin on a shore excursion. Enjoy a brief city tour of Juneau and then travel to a remote section along Gold Creek. A guide dressed in 19th-century attire gives you insight into the Alaskan Gold Rush. See where thousands journeyed to during the Gold Rush in search of the precious metal. Learn how to pan in the creek or cull through the waters in the demonstration trough. Round-trip port transport included.
  • Gold mining and panning shore excursion and Juneau city tour
  • Keep all the gold you find!
  • Learn about the history of the Gold Rush
  • Receive a Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Departure Point

Mount Roberts Tramway, 490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
On this shore excursion from Juneau port, you get to relive some of the histories you’ll be learning about, when thousands rushed to Gold Creek and the adjacent Last Chance Basin Mine during the Gold Rush in the late 1800s.

After port pickup, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Juneau before continuing to Gold Creek and Last Chance Basin, where Joe Juneau and Richard Harris found the jackpot of a lifetime in 1880. Hear entertaining history about the Gold Rush from your informative guide, dressed in traditional 19th-century garb.

Head to a secluded section along Gold Creek, which requires a special visiting permit. Learn how to pan for gold, and then explore the creek or enter waist-high water in the demonstration trough to look for gold on your own. Take a few moments to note the surrounding building remnants of the Alaska-Juneau Mining Company, which closed in 1944 due to the WWII labor shortage.

Receive an Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate as proof of the gold you found — which you get to take home! Your shore excursion ends with drop-off at Juneau port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return to the Juneau port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Stop At:  
Last Chance Mining Museum
Catch “gold fever” and experience what it was like to seek your fortune during Gold Rush days! Learn to pan for gold and keep all you find! Discover Juneau’s colorful mining heritage for yourself. Head out with your prospector/guide for a historical tour of Juneau, including the state capitol. Then, turn up the road to Gold Creek and “Last Chance Basin,” where Joe Juneau and Richard Harris struck gold in 1880. In a beautiful, secluded setting near a waterfall alongside Gold Creek — only accessible for groups under our tour’s special permit — your prospector shows you how gold panning is really done. Then, it’s your turn, as you expertly work the pan with helpful tips and advice in the creek, or in the waist-high demonstration trough. People of all ages and mobility limitations can learn how to pan and capture the full gold-rush experience. You’re guaranteed to find gold, and all that glitters is yours to keep! See the remnants of the original buildings of the Alaska-Juneau Mining Company all around you. At the height of production, it was the largest operation of its type in the world. You’ll learn about the mining techniques used, and the quest for gold that is such a major part of Alaska’s history. Take home a souvenir Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate, all the gold you find, and an appreciation of what it was like to seek your fortune in the wilds of Alaska more than a century ago.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Children 13-17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate in the absence of a parent or guardian
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Alaska Travel Adventures Inc.

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties. Learn more about cancellations.

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What is the maximum group size during Historic Gold Mining and Panning Adventure?
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

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17 Reviews
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, Aug 2019
This is the second trip I booked with Viator, the first one was great the second one which was this excursion was terrible because there was no time on ticket, I thought it was for 730am and it was for 930am, my wife has medical problems and we could not wait 2 hours for next excursion. When I got home I contacted Viator they could not help because of cancelation policy. I would strongly recommend when you get your ticket check if there's a time on ticket if not contact them in advance to find out when it starts. That was my mistake. It's sad they couldn't help but was a learning experience. Not sure if I will do business again with Viator based on their cancelation policy.
We had a great time learning about...
Carol G
, Sep 2016
We had a great time learning about the gold history and learning how to pan in Juneau. Our tour guide gave us a lot of information about the gold rush in Juneau and a lot about the city. Our guide did such a great job teaching us how to pan that everyone came home with some. Loved it!
Grandkids had a ball . It was an...
Margaret M
, Oct 2015
Grandkids had a ball . It was an interesting and fun trip for all of us.
We really enjoyed this short tour...
Lynn T
, Aug 2013
We really enjoyed this short tour. The tour by mini bus in Juneau, the gold panning demonstration then the chance to find our own gold was fun! Tom (our guide) was friendly, helpful and fitted the "prospector" part really well. If you are looking for something different to do while visiting Juneau, this is a great way to spend a couple of hours.
This excursion started out bad but...
Lesha B
, Jul 2013
This excursion started out bad but ended up turning out good. The representative at the port was not holding the correct sign making it difficult to locate our bus and we missed our excursion. But the company worked us in on the next. The tour guide was fantastic. He taught us so much about panning.

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