As you walk up to the hatchery make sure to stop on the ramp and get a photo of the kids with a background of shimmering, slippery salmon cruisin' back and forth behind the glass viewing area! There are SO MANY fish in the runs and tanks and in the ocean waters surrounding the hatchery and many birds above and lingering nearby that there is plenty to see outside the facility to start.
Making your way in, some of the nicest, most interactive creature tanks are on display, as well as a touch pool area for further adventurous exploration and curious little fingers. We really enjoyed seeing a small octopus close up and touching sea cucumbers--something we didn't find beachcombing.
For less than five dollars admission per person, this is a place for cheap but worth-while educational entertainment! We are fish enthusiasts so we end up at a lot of hatcheries across the country and this one took the top spot in our hearts. Even the cleaning of the holding tanks was of interest to our son who was eating up every sight and sound in the building--we went home with a better understanding of what the purpose of a salmon hatchery is, photos of the biggest Dolly Varden we'd ever seen, and of course, a stuffed Sockeye that said "Alaska" from the gift shop. This is an easy stop you should definitely add to your itinerary!
Disclosure: We were given complimentary admission to the hatchery while in Juneau. All opinions are our own.