Fairbanks Things to Do

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    Log cabin and shops

    by shavy Written Nov 25, 2015

    The park is huge it can take a half or whole day to stroll around. We arrived at noon in Fairbanks, so we only have a few hours to see the park. Admission is free in the park, but some of museums there's a small entrance fee

    First thing I've saw is those small log cabins, they really looked lovely. So, I checked some of them. I was surprised that some of it is a shop. You can buy jewelry, handbags, knives and some souvenirs from here. There are so many things you can do inside the Pioneer Park. Even I didn't buy anything, but is fun to do just a window shopping and I'm curious on local stuff

    Address: 2300 Airport Way

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    Pioneer Museum

    by shavy Updated Nov 25, 2015

    It is an interesting museum, this was free admission on our visit during memorial weekend, these pioneering relics you'll see it inside. It such a fascinating place to discover, love seeing the antiques. The Pioneer Museum is a repository for anything and everything salvaged from Fairbanks in the past. It'll keep your time inside if you are so interested in old stuff. Most exhibits are prescribed from which or how this things before.

    Address: 2300 Airport Way

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    Tanana Valley Railroad Museum

    by shavy Written Nov 25, 2015

    The railroad museum inside the park is free admission. You can see inside the museum the role of this railroad in Fairbanks. After visiting the museum you can hop on to this old locomotive train.

    Visitors can purchase tickets $2 for adults and $1 for seniors and kids under 12. In fact the train is one of best attractions for smaller visitors. The train take a short loop, they'll take you through the mine to the sluice area and back

    Address: 2300 Airport Way

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    Inside the Pioneer Park

    by shavy Updated Nov 24, 2015

    Going inside the park you'll see many old structures that were relocated from various places around Fairbanks and reassembled in the park.

    You can see outside each structure has a little plaque denoting its individual history. I wasn't expect this was Fairbanks before. Admirable cabin and houses so cool to see this buildings here.

    Although in some areas are busy but in some places not. There are all kinds of houses, buildings, and log cabins, that have been donated to the park. Most all of them were built in the early 1900’s

    Address: 2300 Airport Way

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    Pioneer Park

    by shavy Updated Nov 23, 2015

    The Pioneer Park is outside the center of Fairbanks, well worth a visit when you are in Fairbanks. Memorial weekend when we were in the city, was very a busy. The weather was also very hot, so visiting the Park that day you bump too many locals with small children

    I noticed the park is more a museum and also offer shopping opportunity. Pioneer Park is for young and old, for kids there is a big playground and for oldies can discover the history of Fairbanks.

    The park has many historic old homes. You can viewed inside if you want to. Be sure you have enough time to stroll around. Somethings are so interesting to see. Some of logs cabin you'll find some stuff for sale

    Address: 2300 Airport Way

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    Fishing Village A View Into the Past

    by fred98115 Updated Nov 18, 2015

    We docked at a fishing village for a tour into the culture of a previous era in Alaska. Salmon were processed and hung on drying racks. Huskies came up to us to say hello. FYI, huskies are ultra-marathoners who pull heavy loads for long distances. Even though they consume thousands of calories per day, they generally weigh about fifty pounds when actively training and only 75 pounds in retirement. We also toured a sod roofed cabin to "get a feel" for bush country life. Photographers: there are many photo ops here. Be tuned to the fact that it will be crowded and you will be directed from site to site at the village. This is challenging and a reason to travel light, not much gear needed. Tripods no, zoom lenses yes. Look for unusual angles combining elements of the village.

    Cabin Interior Amber Greets Tourists Sod Roof and Chimney of Cabin Canoe and Cabin Salmon Processing Demonstration
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    Discovery III Sternwheeler Not to Be Missed

    by fred98115 Written Nov 18, 2015

    The Discovery III sternwheeler gave us the opportunity to see a different Fairbanks: one that was real and one that was historic. The real was in the life along the river. People live there and some use the river for transportation. The photographer will see boats and, if lucky, a bush pilot doing takeoffs and landings. This is where the zoom lens really pays for itself. For us, we had the added bonus of fall colors and still waters to add to the images when buzzed by the bush pilot. Regarding the historical, we visited a fishing village which I will cover in a separate thing to do tip.

    Super Cub Taking Off Pilot House, Discovery III Riverboat Husky Racing Dog Training Facility House and Boat TV Signal Receptor
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    Check out fall colors along the Chena River

    by fred98115 Written Nov 18, 2015

    September is a great time to visit Fairbanks: moderate daytime temps, crisp evenings, no critters that fly and drill into you, and wonderful fall colors. The changing birches can be viewed by traveling up the Chena River, which we did on the Discovery III sternwheeler. Photographers: forget the tripod since the boat can be crowded. I used a Canon 60D with zoom lens and image stabilization and felt happy with the results. Move around on the boat and you should have many chances to get those fabulous fall color shots.

    Birches Along the Chena River Discovery I Sternwheeler and River Reflections River Bend Birches Along Chena River
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  • Stand Up Paddleboarding

    by thefoxgoesartic Written Jun 5, 2014

    Stand up paddleboarding is a great activity to see the rivers of Fairbanks and get a little work out. You can also go on their private pond if you don't feel comfortable on the river. Great for family, friends and adults of all ages.

    Address: Fairbanks, Alaska

    Directions: Chena River or a private pond.

    Phone: 907 388 5949

    Website: http://www.akpaddleboard.com

    Out on the private pond.
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    See the Dredge, Pan for Gold

    by JessieLang Written Nov 3, 2012

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    Gold Dredge #8 is an interesting piece of Gold Rush history. We took a little narrow gage railroad to get there. The dredge and its equipment operated from 1929-1958. It is 250 ft. long, with 5 decks, and it is open for visitors to explore. There is still gold there, but not enough to mine, so they let tourists pan it and keep whatever they find.

    Address: 1803 Old Steese Highway North

    Directions: 10 miles N. of Fairbanks.

    Phone: 1-866-479-6673

    Website: http://www.golddredge8.com

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    Take a riverboat

    by JessieLang Written Nov 3, 2012

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    Cruise the Chena and Tanana Rivers on the sternwheeler Discovery III. This is a narrated 3½-hour tour with a 1-hour stop at the Chena Indian Village, a recreated Athabascan settlement. Beverages and snacks are available for purchase on board.

    Address: 1975 Discovery Drive

    Phone: (907) 479-6673

    Website: http://www.riverboatdiscovery.com

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    Segway tour in Fairbanks

    by LadyXoc Written Sep 18, 2012

    Take a guided Segway tour in the historic city of Fairbanks. Start with lessons in how to ride/steer/maneuver on the Segway complete with mini obstacle course. Then follow the leader to see the sights! I personally have had a segway on my bucket list and this was very affordable here. After the tour we were allowed to ride around a grassy area and go up and down the small hills. I felt like a kid again. Apparently swooping by the other tourists is frowned on. Darn

    Address: Fairbanks tourist center

    Phone: (907) 328-3557

    Website: http://www.ecosegak.com/index.html

    Segway tour ~ one more off the bucket list!! I got it, I got it
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    Chena Hot Springs

    by LadyXoc Updated Jul 23, 2012

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    Just as it sounds it is a Hot Springs. I will write my review as seen by a summer day trip visitor. From Fairbanks it was about an hour and a half drive. Perhaps one can arrive faster but there are always moose to be seen and it is hard not to stop to admire and take pictures. Our goal was to soak in the outdoor pool. The cost for myself, an adult was $10 for the day - until midnight so I could come and go. Bring a towel or prepare to pay $5 more. The ladies locker room is small. Really small. And another VTer advised not to bring a large gym bag. The outdoor pool is not for those under 18 btw. It runs in temp from about 100 - 110 Fahrenheit. The kids with us played inside in the indoor pool and I believe they could access a hot tub. If you want to stay overnight there is camping, cabins, and a resort. Remember this is Alaska so it still has that rural Alaska feel. There is also an ice museum. I did not get to see that but will on another visit. It was nice to visit in the summer and soak some of my hiking aches and pains away. Winter is the high season and my friend who worked there said it is very popular with the Japanese tourists, those wanting to see the Aurora Borealis, ski, snow shoe, and more.

    Directions: At the end of Chena Hot Springs Road. Mile 56.5

    Website: http://www.chenahotsprings.com/

    The Big Pool Lots of moose on the Chena Hot Springs Road On the grounds by a pile of antlers
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    Granite Tors Trail

    by LadyXoc Written Jul 23, 2012

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    Granite Tors Trail is a 15 mile loop located at mile 39.5 on the Chena Hot Springs Road. There is also a 3 mile loop which is what we did. The 15 mile loop goes from forest and rolling alpine tundra to big granite Tors (outcroppings). The three mile loop (which we thought was not actually 3 miles but less) does not reach the Tors. It is possible to back pack also and nompermitbis required. There is a fee and you must pay and put the stub reciept in your car or risk being fined. In July of 2012 the fee was $3. We found this trail to be buggier than the Angel Rocks Trail. Most likely due to the wetness of parts of the trail. And we hiked on a Tuesday and read that on Friday a woman was being circled by a grizzly. She defended herself with insect repellent. If possible when hiking in Alaska bear spray is a good addition to your pack.

    Address: Mile 39.5 on the Chena Hot Springs Road

    Directions: Mile 39.5 on the Chena Hot Springs Road? The road dead ends at mile 56.5 at Chena Hot Springs.

    Granite Tors trail See the remains of a forest fire Fireweed Granite Tors Trail Two words ~ Insect repellant
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    Hiking Angel Rocks

    by LadyXoc Written Jul 23, 2012

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    Located at mile 48.9 along the Chena Hot Springs Road is the hiking trail called Angel Rocks. It is a sometimes steep hike to a large granite outcropping. Round trip is approximately 4 miles. Some advise to hike up and return the same way as the back half of the trail is not as well maintained. I did find this to be true but was successful in completing the round trip. There are excellent views to be had. It is a good day hike. It is possible to take a side trail and hike all the way to Chena Hot Springs. I believe once I was at the top of the outcroppings it was another 6.5 miles to the hot springs.

    Address: Mile 48.9 Chena Hot Springs Road

    Directions: Chena Hot Springs Road dead ends at the Springs. The trail is at mile 48.9

    On top of Angel Rocks Little squirrel tracking our progress Lucky for her I was in the mood to stop. ha The easy part of the trail
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