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Riverboat Discovery

#2 of 12 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Fairbanks Features Animals
Fairbanks, AK 99709
+1 866-479-6673
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All aboard .....

We had a wonderful afternoon aboard Discovery 3. This whole experience was professionally delivered... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Reading UK
An education but with scenery

Loved the educational stops along the riverbank. Some of the best and most informative... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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More than just a boat ride! Board the Sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery for one of the most unique Alaskan experiences available! This three-hour cruise will take you into the heart of Alaska and introduce you to a family who has made the rivers of Alaska a way of life for five generations. You will see a bush floatplane takeoff alongside the boat, visit the home and kennels of the late four-time Iditarod winner Susan Butcher and see her champion sled dogs in action. Be immersed into the ancient Athabascan Indian culture when our Alaskan Native Guides take you on a personalized tour of the Chena Indian Village.
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Fairbanks, AK 99709
+1 866-479-6673

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a wonderful afternoon aboard Discovery 3. This whole experience was professionally delivered and absolute fun. From the sea plane display to the sled dogs and the native village, all were great fun and very informative. The staff were friendly, helpful and went out...More

Thank cadra
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Loved the educational stops along the riverbank. Some of the best and most informative presentations on Alaskan and Native Culture you'll find. Be sure to enjoy the lunch in the dining hall.

Thank Steven P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Toured the river with good narration. Saw sled dog training area. Alaskan village showing different aspects of life of the local residents. Blue berry donuts on boat and a taste of salmon. Nice gift shop and dining at boat landing

Thank 50Awm
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Riverboat Discovery is one of the most informative and entertaining attractions in Fairbanks, well worth the 3 hours one spends on board.

Thank Tony P
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Three generations of a pioneering family provide the impetus for a paddle wheel cruise down the Chema river. On the way out there are stops at a sled dog training facility: while on shore we were treated to a demonstration of training and ability of...More

Thank Ian T
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is very well done tourist attraction! You take a stern wheeler up river and get to witness a float plane land/takeoff, a Iditarod sled dog team training and a relica of a village. You get to wander the village and learn about the culture...More

Thank Ansarata21
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a fantastic tour, appropriate for the whole family from the kids to the grandparents! We took this tour several years ago with our children, and we liked it so much that we decided to bring them and the grandparents back this year. We...More

Thank Ashley L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Really interesting to hear the history of the river and people who made this area from nothing. SIT ON THE PORT SIDE OF BOAT! Everything of interest is on that side. It was great to spend 3 hours on the water and the narrator was...More

Thank denise g
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very informative and very interesting. Recommend to everyone of all ages. It was a history lesson as well as a nature lesson. Scenic water and land tours. The narrator was very personable and had a very soothing voice.

Thank 854janiced
Reviewed 4 days ago

This afternoon riverboat ride was included in our Holland America cruise/tour. I wasn't anticipating too much so I was really pleasantly surprised as the four of us loved it. We first had lunch in a large hall. You eat at long picnic style tables and...More

Thank Magnolia13
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4 February 2017|
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Response from eacater | Reviewed this property |
I was there in late June. You definitely will want a jacket. Our tour bus took us to the site.
Janet K
4 February 2017|
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Response from David Y | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I just noticed this question as I have been traveling myself. A few days in advance should be enough time to get onboard
11 October 2016|
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Response from DragonBottom | Reviewed this property |
Yes, visit the Riverboat Discovery - Official Site