Gold and the gold rush is a HUGE part of the North American history, and you can explore it first hand when you visit Gold Dredge Eight in Fairbanks, Alaska!
At this historic dredge, you can visit the Binkley family where they will take you on a journey through the rich history of Alaska's gold mining past.
Whilst there, kids can get a close up view of the Trans Alaska Pipeline, as well as it's operation and construction.
Kids who just love adventure will love taking a seat aboard a replica of the narrow-gauge Tanana Valley Railroad, and history will come to life as you hear stories of the prospectors and their search of a new life and their fortunes.
This train will take you to Gold Dredge 8 where the whole family can see first hand how the dredge actually worked in the gold fields. Once kids have an understanding of what life would have been like, they can actually learn about gold panning - and have a turn themselves! What's great, is that each child is guaranteed to find some gold in their pack - how exciting!
After you have found your small fortune, you can explore the dredge camp, before enjoying some complimentary drinks and freshly baked cookies! Then, once you've finished you just have to hop aboard the train and make your way back to the station.
History really comes to life with this Alaskan experience, where kids can learn first hand an important part of US history!
25 minutes out of Fairbanks you will find Gold Dredge 8. Go down Steese Highway North, take a left on Goldstream road and then take a left onto Old Steese highway.Get directions
$34.95 (Ages 3 to 12)
They have free coffee and donuts at the Riverboat Discovery, and there are three options if you want something more substantial including miners stew, snack food including reindeer dogs, ,and lunch boxes. At Gold Dredge 8, there is free cookies , coffee and hot chocolate.
Reservations are highly recommended so you can get the date you prefer. Arrive at least 30 minutes before the tour
There is a gift shop so make sure you bring some pocket money and pick up some fun souvenirs and gifts!
At the Riverboat Discovery there are salads and sandwiches
The tours are wheelchair accessible. There are certain train cars that can carry wheelchairs so just notify someone when boarding and they will help!
Early and late season tour times may vary so check before you go