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Riverboat Discovery Fairbanks

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Riverboat Discovery
1975 Discovery Drive
Fairbanks
AK
99709
Tel: 907-479-6673

Directions

You can find them at 1975 Discovery Drive in Fairbanks. Just look for the incredible Riverboat on the banks!

Where are we going today?

Fairbanks is an incredibly beautiful city, and seeing it from the rivers gives kids a whole new perspective on the landscapes and the wildlife. It's beautiful!

Riverboat Discovery will take you on one of the great rivers of the state! There is only one tour, and it's unforgettable. Want to know more? We thought so!

This cruise will take the entire family 3 1/2 hours right into the heart of Alaska, and it will also introduce you to another family - one that has called the rivers of Alaska life for an incredibnle five generations!

Ever seen a sea plane take off? You will have now!

You will also visit the kennels and home of a four-time Iditarod winner and her champion dogs, and kids can learn all about the amazing ancient Athabascan Indian cultures when you stop off for your personalized tour of the Chena Indian VIllage.

Do you think you could live as they do? Have a look at their cabins that are made of spruce logs, and huts and fur pelts. Kids will learn all about the animals that were food in such a harsh Arctic climate. 

Riverboat Discovery is family run, and has been a tradition int he Binkley family for over 100 years. Pretty incredible! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$59.95
  • Children$39.95 (Ages 3 - 12)
  • Free Under: 3 years of age
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

Daily tours between 9am - 2pm .

Mid May to Mid September

I'm Hungry!

If you're feeling peckish, you can join in their all you can eat lunch at Discovery Dining Hall. It's $11.95 adult and $4.95, and has scrumptious dishes like stew, cheddar ale soup, sourdough rolls and brownies!.

Healthy Eating!

The stew is gluten-free, the soup is vegetarian, and they can accommodate every dietary requirement. They also have salads. .

Any Top Tips?

Make sure you reserve - it's mandatory! Don't want you missing out! .

Doing our bit

The company has been in the family for over 100 years, so they are doing their best to keep the traditions of the family upstanding, as well as proudly showing the Alaska culture to those who visit. .

More information

Schedules may vary so make sure you call ahead to ask about the period you're interested in . .

What people are saying?

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    Very interesting riverboat trip. Reasonable priced hot dogs and sausage on the boat. Stop at village very interesting.

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    Where else could one travel in the Northern Hemisphere, to travel back in time, then with a trip on a paddlewheeler. And on a water way used a hundred years ago by our for fathers as a means to move around this Great State as we do with our modern modes of transportation?The trip is great!! Very informative and very afforable considering what it must take to move vessels this size. I give the staff and crew of all the Riverboat Discovery two Thumbs Up!!! Way UP!!....................

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    My family and I recently traveled on a princess cruise And then took the land tour for several days through Alaska. We finished our tour in Fairbanks where we were pushed into going on the El Dorado gold mine tour and also The sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery tour. Both tours were cheap imitations of informative entertainment. I fell asleep on the boat tour because the commentator's voice was more boring than Bob Ross's. When we got off the boat at the Chena village we were shuffled around in the mud as some native Alaskan teenagers spoke about...Read More

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    It's shameful that Riverboat Discovery hypes the Iditarod and mushers Susan Butcher and Lance Mackey. Several of Susan Butcher's dogs died in the Iditarod in her effort to gain fame and fortune. One of the dogs used by Butcher in the 1994 Iditarod died from exertional myopathy, otherwise known as "sudden death syndrome." Another dog used by her dropped dead in 1987 from internal hemorrhaging. Several were injured and killed by moose. Mackey's dog "Wolf" died in the 2004 Iditarod when he regurgitated food and choked on it. What happens to dogs during...Read More

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    Awesome seeing kids playing in the summer

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My family and I recently traveled on a princess cruise And then took the land tour for several days through Alaska. We finished our tour in Fairbanks where we were pushed into going on the El Dorado gold mine tour and also The sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery tour. Both tours were cheap imitations of informative entertainment. I fell asleep on the boat tour because the commentator's voice was more boring than Bob Ross's. When we got off the boat at the Chena village we were shuffled around in the mud as some native Alaskan teenagers spoke about a culture they were surely distanced from. I don't get why anyone would voluntarily go on this tour. If you have a choice skip it and take a nap!!

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It's shameful that Riverboat Discovery hypes the Iditarod and mushers Susan Butcher and Lance Mackey. Several of Susan Butcher's dogs died in the Iditarod in her effort to gain fame and fortune. One of the dogs used by Butcher in the 1994 Iditarod died from exertional myopathy, otherwise known as "sudden death syndrome." Another dog used by her dropped dead in 1987 from internal hemorrhaging. Several were injured and killed by moose. Mackey's dog "Wolf" died in the 2004 Iditarod when he regurgitated food and choked on it. What happens to dogs during the race includes death, paralysis, frostbite (where it hurts the most!), bleeding ulcers, bloody diarrhea, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, broken bones, torn muscles and tendons and sprains. At least 142 dogs have died in the race, including two dogs on a doctor's team who froze to death in the 2009 Iditarod.

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