Fairbanks Sports and Recreation

Fairbanks Sports and RecreationIt matters little to the people of Fairbanks that climate in this part of the world is so unusual. The nearly constant wintry conditions are a part of everyday life, and that fact is embraced more often than not when it comes to enjoying sporting and recreational events. Fans of hockey and skiing are quite happy to find highly suitable conditions in which to enjoy their favorite sports. But don't think that the cold is a constant, as Fairbanks does in fact welcome slightly warmer weather during the year that is not only a welcome change, but provides the perfect setting in which more traditional outdoor recreational activities can take place.


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Pro Sports

University of Alaska Nanooks
Sports fans gather regularly at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks to cheer on the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks men's ice hockey team. The Nanooks compete at the NCAA Division I level and perform consistently throughout the seasons.

Address: 505 South Chandalar Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99775 - MAP
Phone: (907) 452-2111
Web: alaskananooks.com

Fairbanks Ice Dogs
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs is a Tier II Junior A ice hockey team with the North American Hockey League's West Division. The sports team plays its home games in the 2,200-seat Big Dipper Ice Arena in Fairbanks. The team's main rival is the Wenatchee Wild.

Address: Fairbanks, AK
Phone: (907) 474-7034
Web: www.fairbanksicedogs.com


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Hiking, Biking & Trails

Angel Rocks Trail
The Angel Rocks Trail in Fairbanks offers a short day hike to Angel Rocks, which is a visually captivating group of granite walls and towers. This recreation trail is also popular with hikers for a day-long or overnight excursion.

Address: 15450 Chena Hot Springs Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712 - MAP
Phone: (907) 456-3900
Web: www.alaska.org

Beaver Slough Nature Trail
The Beaver Slough Nature Trail offers a fairly easy and inviting self-guided nature trail that winds along Beaver Slough. This recreation trail is notable for the fact that it runs in amazingly close proximity to the North Pole.

Address: Fairbanks, AK - MAP
Phone: (800) 850-4314
Web: www.trails.com

Birch Hill's Blue Loop
If you prefer to stay closer to home while still enjoying one of Fairbanks' excellent recreation trails, opt for Birch Hill's Blue Loop. The trail features close proximity to downtown and the Birch Hill Recreation Area is essentially an urban trail system. There is much to see along this set of trails that is especially popular with cross country skiers.

Address: Fairbanks, AK - MAP
Phone: (800) 850-4314
Web: dot.alaska.gov


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Chena River Recreation Area
In addition to offering many recreation trails for day hikes, the Chena River State Recreation Area is a popular destination for fishing, boating and canoeing. The exceptional scenery and calming effect of the water also make it a desirable destination for nature lovers who just want to relax and breathe in the area's natural beauty.

Address: 3700 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99709 - MAP
Web: dnr.alaska.gov

Wooden Canoe Lake
The sport of canoeing is something that requires both physical stamina and mental agility. You can practice sharpening both skills required for this fun sport when you take to the water at Wooden Canoe Lake. The water is always inviting and proves to be the perfect place for beginners to get acquainted with the sport or for more seasoned paddlers to practice and maintain their level of performance.

Address: Fairbanks, AK
Phone: (907) 451-2705
Web: www.vilda.alaska.edu


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Plenty Of Thrills

Mitchell Raceway
Get ready to pick your favorite horse to win one of the many races that you can enjoy when you visit the Mitchell Raceway. This is a high-energy, exciting experience that will prove to make a horse race lover out of you, if aren't a big fan of the sport already!

Address: 4075 Peger Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709 - MAP
Phone: (907) 452-3500
Web: www.fairbanksracing.org


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Arctic Bowl
Strike up a great time with friends and family when you play a few frames at Arctic Bowl. This well-regarded bowling venue is where Fairbanks goes to bowl, and it has also proven to be an excellent place for family fun and recreation, too. In addition to the many lanes and state-of-the-art scoring, there is a big arcade that the kids will love as well as a concession stand with a generous selection of tasty treats.

Address: 952 10th Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701 - MAP
Phone: (907) 456-7719
Web: arcticbowl.com

Downtown Bingo
Get out of the cold for a while and warm up with some good friends for an entertaining game of bingo. Downtown Bingo has proven to be one of the city's most popular choices for a relaxing game or two. The friendly venue also features a great menu of snacks and soft drinks for you to enjoy while waiting for your chance to call out "bingo" to claim your prize!

Address: 634 5th Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701 - MAP
Phone: (907) 451-0433
Web: Website