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Riverboat Discovery

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Fairbanks, AK 99709
+1 866-479-6673
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This is a experience not to be missed. They touch on every part of Alaskan Life and history. As... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Loved it

Loved the food and our waiter was awesome! Great ambiance always, interesting local history behind... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks 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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  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a experience not to be missed. They touch on every part of Alaskan Life and history. As part of our tour, We enjoyed a delicous meal, saw float plane demonstration, trail breaker husky camp, mock village, reindeer and tasted salmon spread on crackers....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the food and our waiter was awesome! Great ambiance always, interesting local history behind the charm. Have not been to a Sunday brunch yet .

Thank Cristina D
Reviewed 6 November 2017

What a way to spend a sunny afternoon in Fairbanks. There was so much to see and do on this cruise -- the demonstration of the bush plane, the demonstration of dog mushing, the stop at the Chena Indian Village. In just this one trip...More

Thank gnancy2011
Reviewed 25 October 2017

A beautiful way to spend an afternoon in Fairbanks. A fun and informative trip to see a little bit of the culture of the native Alaskans and other local history. You get to see a bush pilot takeoff and land on the river, a dog...More

Thank Bill H
Reviewed 18 October 2017

In July 2017, we spent the afternoon cruising down a river in Fairbanks by riverboat. The day topped out at about 89 degrees, so pay attention to the weather report before you go. Those long sleeves could have stayed in the suitcase. Before leaving, we...More

Thank Cindy R
Reviewed 9 October 2017

A day on a river boat, a paddle wheeler, for me is always a good day. Float planes landing and taking off, dog mushing demos and a visit to a native village took it over the top. Add to that warm blueberry donuts and smoked...More

Thank nhcajunqueen
Reviewed 7 October 2017

Such a fun cruise! We went the interior route and wow, it was scenic. There were seaplane landing by the ship, sled dog camps, herds of reindeer, a tour of an Indian summer village... so many interesting things. It was a full and exciting day....More

Thank Magnolia10
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

We took this tour in the last week of the season. You could expect the team to be a little jaded but this was absolutely not the case! This was an excellent trip with some really interesting insights into the Alaskan way. The crew were...More

Thank Kiwiscanfly27
Reviewed 5 October 2017

We had a lovely cruise down the river. Especially enjoyable was seeing the sled dogs of Susan Butchers. The visit to the Athabascan village was interesting and informative.

Thank aussiegreynomads
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

I took my family and friends on this tour. We had an enjoyable time. The boat is very big, several floors, all are open so you can see everything. The tour guide uses a microphone and is televised on all of the TV's so everyone...More

Thank jlipp5240
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3 September 2017|
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Response from armandoa556 | Reviewed this property |
Hi! We were a part of a cruise line group thru Royal Caribbean cruises. Simply the BEST!
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