Ketchikan Potlatch Park Excursion Reviews

Experience a day in the life of a local Alaskan as you explore recreated Native Alaskan villages and watch Native carvers at work at Ketchikan’s Potlatch Park.
Patrick was very knowledgeable about the myths, lore, and life of the native people.
Sail Date: June 2019
Patrick was very knowledgeable about the myths, lore, and life of the native people. He was entertaining and informative. I learned quite a lot about Ketchican and the people.
Patrick was very knowledgeable about the myths, lore, and life of the native people. He was entertaining and informative. I learned quite a lot about Ketchican and the people. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great visit to native totem poles and history of native people.
Sail Date: June 2019
Great visit to native totem poles and history of native people. It rained heavily for most of the excursion, but we can't blame Viking for that.
Great visit to native totem poles and history of native people. It rained heavily for most of the excursion, but we can't blame Viking for that. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Not a great tour.
Sail Date: June 2019
Not a great tour. Windows on the bus kept fogging over. Could not see much.
Not a great tour. Windows on the bus kept fogging over. Could not see much. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Potlatch totems and the clan houses were interesting.
Sail Date: June 2019
Potlatch totems and the clan houses were interesting. We learned that a potlatch totem is different that a clan totem. Potlatch totems depict how many feasts (house parties) a particular clan has hosted. Our guide was informative and we ... Read More
Potlatch totems and the clan houses were interesting. We learned that a potlatch totem is different that a clan totem. Potlatch totems depict how many feasts (house parties) a particular clan has hosted. Our guide was informative and we enjoyed walking around the park. It was a cultural tour without the touristy feel. They also have a collection of vintage autos that were pretty remarkable and a GIANT gift shop with free coffee. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was an included tour.
Sail Date: June 2019
This was an included tour. It was over crowded by other ship passengers and our tour guide was very rushed the whole time. He kept saying "I'll tell you a story about this totem pole on the bus." We barely had time to ... Read More
This was an included tour. It was over crowded by other ship passengers and our tour guide was very rushed the whole time. He kept saying "I'll tell you a story about this totem pole on the bus." We barely had time to take pictures and keep up. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Potlatch Park was one of the stops on the tour.
Sail Date: May 2019
Potlatch Park was one of the stops on the tour. It was interesting see additional totem poles and learning about them.
Potlatch Park was one of the stops on the tour. It was interesting see additional totem poles and learning about them. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Timothy met us near the ship with a very comfortable van.
Sail Date: May 2019
Timothy met us near the ship with a very comfortable van. He asked ahead what we wanted to see and tried to meet all of our needs. We'd drive and stop often. We were together for over 3 hours and learned all about Ketchikan.
Timothy met us near the ship with a very comfortable van. He asked ahead what we wanted to see and tried to meet all of our needs. We'd drive and stop often. We were together for over 3 hours and learned all about Ketchikan. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We then got on a different bus to go to the park.
Sail Date: August 2018
We then got on a different bus to go to the park. It was free to enter and was a little rundown. There was a large group in front of us, so we did have to wait to move through. The poor guide was not prepared as he was covering but he did ... Read More
We then got on a different bus to go to the park. It was free to enter and was a little rundown. There was a large group in front of us, so we did have to wait to move through. The poor guide was not prepared as he was covering but he did try his best. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
This was our back-up tour after our float plane couldn't take off in the fog.
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our back-up tour after our float plane couldn't take off in the fog. Combo Tour --- All Ketchikan Excursion 3 hours $80.00 Adult / $30 child The only tour of it's kind in Ketchikan. Get to see everything there is to ... Read More
This was our back-up tour after our float plane couldn't take off in the fog. Combo Tour --- All Ketchikan Excursion 3 hours $80.00 Adult / $30 child The only tour of it's kind in Ketchikan. Get to see everything there is to see in Revillagigedo Island in 3 parts: North part of town includes Totem Bight State Park (admission not included) plus Potlatch Park (wast of time). The (brief) Downtown historical tour of Ketchikan. The South Part of town which includes Wildlife observation (one bear) and Scenic Driving along the coast. 40 miles of awesome scenery in about 3 hrs with multiple stops and photo opportunities. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Nice historical park.
Sail Date: August 2017
Nice historical park. Interesting displays and explanations of same.
Nice historical park. Interesting displays and explanations of same. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The Potlatch Park was definitely just a contrived park for tourists.
Sail Date: June 2017
The Potlatch Park was definitely just a contrived park for tourists. Fairly interesting, but overall, I'd give it a "meh". The historic city tour was one quick drive through the city streets of Ketchikan. I'd recommend ... Read More
The Potlatch Park was definitely just a contrived park for tourists. Fairly interesting, but overall, I'd give it a "meh". The historic city tour was one quick drive through the city streets of Ketchikan. I'd recommend saving your money and bypassing this one. I really enjoyed the town though and especially the huge Tongass store with lots of stuff and very good prices compared to most tourist shops. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We had booked the Misty Fjords flight seeing tour, but it was canceled due to weather conditions.
Sail Date: May 2017
We had booked the Misty Fjords flight seeing tour, but it was canceled due to weather conditions. So we walked out on the dock and booked a tour of Potlatch Totem Park. It was small but kind of interesting. . The other part of the tour ... Read More
We had booked the Misty Fjords flight seeing tour, but it was canceled due to weather conditions. So we walked out on the dock and booked a tour of Potlatch Totem Park. It was small but kind of interesting. . The other part of the tour was to see some bears -- but there were none in view when we got there on that rainy day. Our tour guide was a native Tlingit, nice guy but not very entertaining or talkative-- guess we should've gone with the Princess tour! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The Potlatch totem park was wonderful.
Sail Date: May 2017
The Potlatch totem park was wonderful. There were lots of totem poles. And we learned the history of the area, along with the meaning of a lot of the poles.
The Potlatch totem park was wonderful. There were lots of totem poles. And we learned the history of the area, along with the meaning of a lot of the poles. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
No need to book it on the ship.
Sail Date: August 2016
No need to book it on the ship. We went on a bear viewing tour plus potlatch park. I think it was a much better deal. We did see black bears catching salmon! The guide was very experienced and humorous.
No need to book it on the ship. We went on a bear viewing tour plus potlatch park. I think it was a much better deal. We did see black bears catching salmon! The guide was very experienced and humorous. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Great adventure.
Sail Date: May 2016
Great adventure.
Great adventure. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Disney Cruise Line
lots of history on the totem poles
Sail Date: June 2015
lots of history on the totem poles
lots of history on the totem poles Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
great weather which is a rarity for the town, and had a wonderful time
Sail Date: August 2014
great weather which is a rarity for the town, and had a wonderful time
great weather which is a rarity for the town, and had a wonderful time Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Informative and fascinating.
Sail Date: September 2013
Informative and fascinating.
Informative and fascinating. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We did an independent tour of Saxman as well as a chartered fishing expedition.
Sail Date: August 2013
We did an independent tour of Saxman as well as a chartered fishing expedition. Celebrity sent us on excursion that began with Potlatch Park and ended with a fabulous crab feast that became an unexpected highlight for us.
We did an independent tour of Saxman as well as a chartered fishing expedition. Celebrity sent us on excursion that began with Potlatch Park and ended with a fabulous crab feast that became an unexpected highlight for us. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Not a whole lot there to see.
Sail Date: August 2013
Not a whole lot there to see. Would not recommend this as an excursion.
Not a whole lot there to see. Would not recommend this as an excursion. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
My wife and I enjoyed the totem poles but the kids seemed a little less taken by the experience and ...
Sail Date: July 2013
My wife and I enjoyed the totem poles but the kids seemed a little less taken by the experience and were eager to get back to the ship.
My wife and I enjoyed the totem poles but the kids seemed a little less taken by the experience and were eager to get back to the ship. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Disney Cruise Line
recreated village,with clan house.
Sail Date: August 2012
recreated village,with clan house.
recreated village,with clan house. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Boring.
Sail Date: July 2012
Boring. Not worth the time or money.
Boring. Not worth the time or money. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Totem poles and not much else.
Sail Date: June 2012
Totem poles and not much else. We met a man that makes totem poles and learned a little about how the early Alaskans lived. It was nice but not an experience to remember.
Totem poles and not much else. We met a man that makes totem poles and learned a little about how the early Alaskans lived. It was nice but not an experience to remember. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Disney Cruise Line
The bus driver was very knowledgeable about Potlatch Park.
Sail Date: June 2012
The bus driver was very knowledgeable about Potlatch Park. I was very impressed since he said he had only lived there a few years. I especially enjoyed the tour of the Park with the authentic-looking totem poles and houses and the ... Read More
The bus driver was very knowledgeable about Potlatch Park. I was very impressed since he said he had only lived there a few years. I especially enjoyed the tour of the Park with the authentic-looking totem poles and houses and the history told by the guide. The visit with the carver was very educational. The tour was greatly enhanced by the information given by the tour guide/bus driver. I am always interested in the culture of a region and I was not disappointed. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line