Without taking the cruise excursions what are good things to do in Juneau and what is the best way to get to the glacier?
There is a municipal bus service that connects downtown Juneau with the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area. In the park there are numerous trails to explore that go up to the face of the glacier and even behind the waterfall of meltwater feeding Mendenhall Lake.
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The city bus does not drop off right at the Glacier but at the entrance to the road that leads to the Glacier it's about a half mile walk. Also the city bus can be crowed and take up to an hour.
There are privet buses that run from down town to right in front of the Glacier every 15 minutes. So it depends on if time or money is more important.