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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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Pleasantly surprised by this venue. Family style lunch was well orchestrated and the food was quite... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Dyanne H
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Lovely paddle wheel boat which quietly takes you along the Chena river. It has a native Indian camp... read more

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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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  • Average6%
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Fairbanks, AK 99709
+1 866-479-6673

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Pleasantly surprised by this venue. Family style lunch was well orchestrated and the food was quite good. River trip was great...coommentatir was knowledgeable and easy to hear. Loved the monitors. Native village was interesting, educational only issue was the speaker's audio...not loud enough. Dog kennel...More

Thank Dyanne H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lovely paddle wheel boat which quietly takes you along the Chena river. It has a native Indian camp you see and visit, dog sled live exhibit, float plane show and many other interesting points of interest.

Thank ozchick5
Reviewed 2 days ago

We loved this trip! First of all, the little village of gift shops, restaurant areas is adorable. You can purchase food inside the stores, and either eat on the pier or save the food to eat on the riverboat. The food was excellent. We had...More

Thank blanche&milver
Reviewed 2 days ago

Our RV campground had a free shuttle to take us to the Discovery. We arrived a little early for our voyage so had plenty of time to browse through the extensive gift shop. Free coffee while we waited. I've been on this tour before and...More

Thank Vikki M
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were escorted to this excursion through our cruise tour with Holland America and I'm so glad they did! They tried to show you a few pieces of Alaska through a sea-plane taking off and landing right next to the boat. Talking to an owner...More

Thank CTKath
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I really thought I'd be bored by this tour, but it was so informative with a lovely young crew to tell you all about the native early life as well as the current life style. Young people get pilot license before drivers license.

Thank Patricia C
Reviewed 3 days ago

I highly recommend this excurion to anyone visiting Fairbanks. It is a leisurely ride down the river but the announcer gave us so much information on Alaska and the surrounding area, we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thank Susan H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Enjoyed this excursion more than I thought I would. The visit to the Indian camp was fun and informative. We were there on a cruise tour so not sure of cost,but would recommend.

Thank predking
Reviewed 5 days ago

Discovery III, with a comfortable capacity of 900 people, sails quietly, smoothly along the River with guides sharing history and other stories about the family-owned, pleasurable excursion.

Thank Artie C
Reviewed 6 days ago

This ride was very educational and entertaining. I learned a lot about Alaska on this ride. The stop at the Indian village was interesting and the presentations by the students were excellent. The highlight for me was the dog training center where we saw a...More

Thank TexarkanaSadiebelle
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Will they pick you up and drop you off? AND How should I dress on this tour>
4 February 2017|
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Response from Elizabeth C | 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
How far ahead do I need to book for the tour(s) on July 10th, 2017?
4 February 2017|
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Response from J R | Reviewed this property |
Janet we booked our tickets in February 2016 for our August 2016 trip. I would suggest booking as soon as possible.
We will be visiting in September, 2017. Hope to be there 16 and 17 September. Are you still operating then?
11 October 2016|
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Response from DragonBottom | Reviewed this property |
Yes, visit the Riverboat Discovery - Official Site