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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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An interesting and educational tour!

This was a great Riverboat cruise and tour. The multiple level sternwheeler offers seating on 3... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kosciusko, Mississippi
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Very informative!

Loved this ride down the Chena River in Fairbanks! The cruise lasted approximately 3 hours. A... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Darlene W
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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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was a great Riverboat cruise and tour. The multiple level sternwheeler offers seating on 3 levels with both inside and outside seating available. During our 3 hour tour we observed a bush pilot demonstration (including a pontoon take-off and landing), a sled dog demonstration...More

Thank RAutry
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Loved this ride down the Chena River in Fairbanks! The cruise lasted approximately 3 hours. A floatplane lands right beside you and the pilot gives you information on travel in the winter using the planes. You visit a Chena Indian Village and learn about the...More

Thank Darlene W
Reviewed yesterday

They shared lots of information from the earlier days. Watch a sea plane take off and land. See mushers and dogs, Indian village, etc. Great time.

Thank Honesty1977
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Clever , sometimes funny and very informative. Beautifully presented rear driven paddle boat . Entertaining and quite relaxing . Steeped in history Definitely worth doing

Thank Peter T
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Well maintained riverboat with paddle wheel. Very friendly crew, with several stops along the river to point out many interesting facts about Alaska, the history, the people, and the past and present. It was included in our Princess cruise-tour but I would highly recommend taking!

Thank Bob O
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This excursion was well worth the price and was an excellent way to start out your Alaskan adventure and just relax and enjoy the beauty of it all. There is free coffee and warm blueberry donuts to get you started and salmon spread for the...More

Thank Chris F
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was an excellent tour in Fairbanks providing much information about seaplanes, sled dog training (with a narrated demo from the shore of sled dog racing/training), and a chance to get off the boat to visit an authentic village narrated by students of various tribes...More

Thank Sue N
Reviewed 4 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

1  Thank cadra
Reviewed 4 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.

1  Thank Steven P
Reviewed 4 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

1  Thank 50Awm
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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