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Gold Dredge 8

1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712-1014
+1 866-479-6673
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Fun and educational!

My husband and I visited Gold Dredge 8 as part of our Princess excursion in Fairbanks. My husband... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
gnancy2011
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Boardman, Ohio, United States
Touristy but great look at historic dredge

If you watch any of the gold mining shows this is a must see. You need a car or to hire a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
dianeb2612
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Westbury, New York
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Join the Binkley family for a trip through Alaska's gold mining history at Gold Dredge 8. Enjoy a close up view of the Trans Alaska Pipeline and a presentation about it's construction and operation. Then take a seat aboard a replica of the narrow-gauge Tanana Valley Railroad and hear the conductor tell tales of prospectors who arrived by the thousands during the gold rush. The train ride takes you to Gold Dredge 8 where you will see first-hand how the dredge worked the gold fields, then receive a brief but informative course on gold panning. Once the train arrives at the camp, you will try panning for yourself! You will find gold- we guarantee it! Finally, explore the dredge camp and enjoy complimentary coffee and freshly baked cookies in the gift shop as your gold is weighed, then hop aboard the train and return to the station.
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1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712-1014
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I visited Gold Dredge 8 as part of our Princess excursion in Fairbanks. My husband was especially interested to learn about and touch the Alyeska pipleline before we took the train up to the dredge. It was fascinating to learn how the...More

Thank gnancy2011
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you watch any of the gold mining shows this is a must see. You need a car or to hire a cab/shuttle to take you there but it is worth it. At the entrance you get to see a section of the Alaska pipeline....More

Thank dianeb2612
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome experience.... The trip starts with viewing and a short history on the Alaska Pipeline. Then you board an old locomotive for the ride up to the dredge site. The staff are very helpful and friendly. They demonstrate how to pan for gold and then...More

Thank gypsynurse1960
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In July 2017, we visited Gold Dredge #8. To begin with, you are able to observe the Alyeska pipeline. You are allowed to touch the pipe if you want to, and an employee spoke about the history of the pipeline. Then you take a little...More

Thank Cindy R
Reviewed 11 October 2017

It had been a good twenty years since we'd been to any of the gold panning experiences around town. this was a great visit with dredge mining background explained, a quick train ride, help for the kids panning and plenty of time to explore the...More

Thank Goeatinfairbanks
Reviewed 9 October 2017

This was one of my favorite tours in Fairbanks! The info about the pipeline, the train ride and history, and then panning for gold....so fun!!! I loved having our gold made into keepsake jewelry right on the spot and being able to actually go and...More

Thank nhcajunqueen
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Our family of four, including out 2 adult children had a blast!! We took a train ride, we were entertained by our conductor who used to play for Don Ho, learned some history of the gold rush in Alaska and then actually panned for gold....More

Thank TrvlJunkE
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

It started with a bit of a history-of-the-mine talk underneath an above-ground portion of the Alaskan pipeline. Along with some info regarding.rhe stats of the pipeline itself. Interesting...you walk down the hill to a waiting train that takes you slowly along the grounds of what...More

Thank rschmitt73
Reviewed 23 September 2017

This tour is about two hours. It started with a short talk about the Trans-Alaska pipeline. From there you take a short train ride to the Gold Dredge and then get to try panning for gold - where they do make sure everyone has at...More

1  Thank Glenn D
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

We didn't think we were going to strike it rich, but... we didn't. Lol. Great time here. Learned so much about the gold rush, gold mining, and the Alaskan oil pipeline. Teams of young people work well together to give us tourists an entertaining and...More

Thank Beth P
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angels09_11
7 January 2017|
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Response from HappyTravlr18 | Reviewed this property |
We went in July. I am not sure if it is open in September. I suggest that you email them for their schedule and cancellation policy. It was both informative, fun and touristy. We were skeptical about going, but I definitely... More
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Pennsylvaniafamily
27 August 2016|
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Response from Rick W | Reviewed this property |
U can purchase lockets with chains starting at $15-20 but they are not gold. The gold u get from dredging get are basically flakes not nuggets. Everyone is given a bag with pebbles , sand and hopefully gold . U go... More
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Heather S
6 July 2016|
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Response from Tina C | Reviewed this property |
They talked a little about the leaves changing and said the best time to see that is late August into September.
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