Bus tours with guides available
If you lag just behind a tour group you can get a bit of a "free" spiel on the history surrounding the totems including a bit on Seward's Folly and how it relates to what you are seeing before you. Some tours offer a native dance in the clan house as well, though we've never witnessed it during any of our visits.
We have only ever gone as individuals - never with a tour. These grounds are PERFECT for finding Banana Slugs if your kids like to watch or photograph them. There are also salmonberries galore if they're in season.
The gift shop has all of your typical tourist goodies - I didn't see much that stood out or was particularly unique to the site. They do however have a "penny squashing" machine (only outside the giftshop during operating hours) which makes a fantastic souvenir for only 51 cents.
This easy, accessible stop is a must-see and do while visiting Ketchikan. The place is known for its' totems and totems are such a large part of Alaskan native culture it would be a shame to miss them!
Our favorite was a totem with a beaver on it.
The area is stroller friendly. Dress for rain.