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Address: Fairbanks, AK 99709
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+1 866-479-6673
07:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 18:00

More than just a boat ride! Board the Sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery for...

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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We lived in Fairbanks for 5 years & every time we had visitors in the summer I brought them here! I probably have done this 4-5 times - and loved it every time! It's a great... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Fairbanks, Alaska
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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We lived in Fairbanks for 5 years & every time we had visitors in the summer I brought them here! I probably have done this 4-5 times - and loved it every time! It's a great sample of interior Alaska - very different from the inside passage that the cruise ships show you. They start with unlimited donuts when you... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

This was part of our Celebrity Cruse package and I"m glad it was. To get on board One has to go, of course, through a huge gift shop which turned out to be a fun experience in itself. The cruise is narrated as you sail so you always know what you are looking at. At a couple of stops the... More 

Thank BillNDianeW
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

It was sometime ago that my husband and I went on this river cruise during one of our visits to Alaska from the UK but felt I wanted to comment after finding this on trip Advisor. It was a very enjoyable cruise, great commentary from the "Captain" and plenty to see along the river banks. The boat is large so... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

We had excellent tour of the chena river on the riverboat. Had a decent meal at the wharf then boarded the boat. It's touristy but fun. Saw some sled dogs in action from the deck and visited replica of a Native village. It was a fun afternoon and the weather. Operated with temperatures in the high 70s F.

Thank Mark P
Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

While on a Grey Line Tour of Inland Alaska our last several nights were spent in Fairbanks. We were booked on the Riverboat Discovery Excursion... This tour was so well organized and added another plus in our books for this particular trip. The Paddle Wheeler was bigger than we thought it took a huge number of people- I think it... More 

Thank Carol S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Very nice half-day trip down the Chena river. The river boat is big and carries a lot of people, but this trip is organized very well so you do not miss anything. They have several "shows" during the trip - hydroplane take off and landing, dog kennels of four-time Iditarod champion Susan Butcher, Athabascan Indian Village. We enjoyed that trip... More 

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Grosse Pointe, Michigan, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

We really enjoyed this riverboat tour. We got to see a seaplane fly over and land, sled dogs, and a recreation of a native village, among other things. It was really a nice way to spend half a day.

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North Pole, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

If you're coming to Fairbanks, this family run business, is a must to go on. Probably, hands down, the most worthwhile and wonderful tourist offering available in the summertime.

Thank Rick S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Locals and visitors alike. Do not miss this! The Binkley family has done this right for many years, great value and tremendous fun!

Thank David Y
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

I went outside for most of the boat ride to get away from the incessant talk about very little.Yes some of the facts were interesting but they were very few.The dogs were cute and the sled run was interesting but so americanised.The trip up the river stopped to let us out at the village which was another tourist gimmick.The boat... More 

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