Known as the gateway to Alaska, Fairbanks offers visitors adventures that can't be experienced anywhere else. Pioneer Park is a unique theme park for visitors to visit. This theme park is a historic one that invites visitors to stroll into the past with visiting cabins, the home of Judge James Wickersham, and the first Episcopal Church. After viewing the historic buildings, try your hand at gold panning, or just stroll through the town and enjoy the sites.
The Fairbanks Ice Museum displays numerous ice sculptures that are encased in a room at a constant temperature of 20 degrees. Don't worry; you can view the sculptures from the warmth of the auditorium through the glass fronted case. Fairbanks is well known for ice sculpturing contest and the Museum explains the process of Ice Art.
The Waterfowl Wildlife Refuge is a favorite attraction among Alaskans and visitors. The Creamer's Field is a great place to view birds and other waterfowl on their annual migratory pass through Alaska. This refuge attraction isn't just for watching birds, but you can also enjoy three nature trails that lead you through numerous natural habitats. This 1,800-acre refuge combines muskeg, forest, shrub and wetlands for you to tour.
Fairbanks is home of the University of Alaska Museum of the North, which offers a variety of attractions that draw many visitors. The museum is both an architectural and cultural landmark of Alaska, and offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the people of Alaska, and places that make Alaska attractive. The museum has exhibits reflecting the life in Alaska, the numerous cultures reflected in the state, and many educational programs.
If you want to venture out for the day, the El Dorado Gold Mine would be the place to go. To start off your gold mining experience, hop on the train of the Tanana Valley Railroad for a tour through the gold mining of the Alaskan Interior. Once you reach the El Dorado Gold Mine, you'll be given a short course in panning for gold, before trying your own luck. Guests are given their own bucket filled with pay dirt, with everyone being guaranteed to find something. The gold mine also offers other hands on experiences for everyone, and education on the history of Alaska mining. Guests get to keep the gold you find during your visit.
Fairbanks has many attractions that draw visitors year around, but one of the most popular attractions is the Riverboat Discovery. Take a four-hour ride on the Riverboat Discovery III along the Chena and Tanana rivers that will prove more than just a tour. While enjoying the beautiful scenery this tour has to offer, you may also end up learning about glaciology, culture, history, geology and anthropology. During the tour guests will stop off at the Chena Indian Village where Native guides will give them a tour of cabins and crafts. This village is an accurate replica of a previous village.
With the many activities, places to see, things to do, visitors to Alaska won't have to worry about running out of activities. Plan your trip to Fairbanks and get the most out of any vacation possible.
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