Fairbanks Attractions

The sprawling landscape and sometimes chilling natural beauty of Fairbanks perfectly interplay to set the stage for some of the city's must-see attractions. Whether you are a fan of unequaled outdoor beauty, love digging into an area's past by seeing where it all happened or you just prefer to learn about all of the significant people, places and events from the comfortable interior of a museum, there are plenty of ways to experience all of that and more when you explore many of Fairbanks' essential attractions.

Riverboat Discovery
Nature and history come together to create a truly unforgettable experience when you get on board the Alaska Riverboat Discovery. This exciting and educational attraction takes you on a voyage that includes such highlights as the home of the late four-time Iditarod winner Susan Butcher as well as a glimpse at the influence of the ancient Athabascan Indian culture on the area. Your tour guide will present various points of interest along the way as well as answer any questions you may have.

Address: 1975 Discovery Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99709 - MAP
Phone: (907) 479-6673
Web: www.riverboatdiscovery.com

El Dorado Gold Mine
Sure, there were many hopeful settlers who journeyed west to California in the hopes of striking it rich during the Gold Rush. There were also some who ended up moving northwest and continued their search in Alaska. Relive that historic search when you visit the El Dorado Gold Mine in Fairbanks. The two-hour guided tour includes a ride on the Tanana Valley Railroad as well as a visit to the gold fields of the Interior.

Address: Fairbanks, AK - MAP
Phone: (907) 479-7613
Web: www.eldoradogoldmine.com

Alaskaland Pioneer Air Museum
Let your spirit for both adventure and learning take flight when you explore the attractions at the Alaskaland Pioneer Air Museum. Learn about how the area was primarily explored and then developed through the efforts of early pilots with a passion for exploration. Interestingly, they were also exploring the possibilities of flight as they surveyed the area from some of aviation's earliest aircraft. See some of those captivating planes on display, as well as related memorabilia, records, photographs and other pieces that help to tell this fascinating facet of Alaska's history.

Address: 2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99707 - MAP
Phone: (907) 451-0037
Web: www.akpub.com

Mt. Aurora Skiland
Hit the slopes in a big way when you visit Mt. Aurora SkiLand in Fairbanks. In addition to some of the area's best skiing, you will also enjoy some incredible trails, views, and much more. Various events and skiing competitions take place here, so fans of the sport will feel right at home with fellow enthusiasts. And, if you don't know how to quite maneuver your way through the snowy landscape, lessons are available at this popular site, too.

Address: 2315 Skiland Road, Fairbanks, AK 99712 - MAP
Phone: (907) 389-2314
Web: www.skiland.org

Large Animal Research Station
Some of the best attractions in Alaska are the natural kind, and you can see them up close when you take time to visit the Large Animal Research Station in Fairbanks. This is actually one of the more popular attractions in the area, as the facility has thousands of visitors each year. The large number of people who walk through the doors of the Large Animal Research Station is understandable as they all look forward to seeing such indigenous creatures as muskoxen and caribou at a dramatically close distance.

Address: Fairbanks, AK - MAP
Phone: (907) 474-7207
Web: www.uaf.edu

Moose Mountain
With the nearly constant chilly conditions in Fairbanks, skiing is a sport that is enjoyed by a significant segment of the population. One of the more popular skiing destinations that still retains a rather local charm is Moose Mountain. Skiers are taken to the top of the mountain on a ski bus and then get to the bottom by enjoying the quick but enjoyable ride on Moose Mountain's accessible but still challenging slopes. The mountain is also a favorite of snowboarders.

Address: Fairbanks, AK - MAP
Phone: (907) 479-8362
Web: www.shredthemoose.com

Alaska Historical Society
Get a sharper glimpse of the future when you take a fascinating look back when you visit the Alaska Historical Society. This non-profit, volunteer-based organization's primary goal is to promote and preserve the various aspects of Alaska's history through the exchange of ideas and information as well as the education of the area's population about its heritage. There are various exhibits, attractions, and presentations held throughout the year.

Address: PO Box 100299 Anchorage, AK 99510
Phone: (907) 276-1596
Web: www.alaskahistoricalsociety.org

Fairbanks Ice Museum
The season of winter isn't restricted to the months of the year, as visitors are always in for a cool experience when they visit the Fairbanks Ice Museum. Marvel at the life-sized ice sculptures carved by local artists. These incredible, finely-detailed works are all displayed at the historic Lacey Street Theater. There are also some equally impressive multimedia exhibits and attractions that are just as enthralling. Come and experience Alaska's winter all year long!

Address: 500 2nd Avenue, Fairbanks, AK 99701 - MAP
Phone: (907) 451-8222
Web: www.icemuseum.com