Congratulations, you’ve either made it to Alaska or have a plan and are looking for things to do in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Here are a few places that I think are going to give you a really good feel for what to do in Fairbanks, Alaska and what life is like in Fairbanks, Alaska. Stays in Fairbanks tend to be short and this is designed to get you to the right places while you are here.
Large Animal Research Station (LARS)– This is the place where scientists learn about the physiology and habits of large mammals. The main animals you will see at LARS are caribou and muskox. Follow this link to learn more about LARS and to arrange a tour.
Museum of the North– Located at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, the museum is an excellent place to soak up Alaskan history, science and wildlife, and Alaska produced art. Truly, not to be missed. While you are over there you can check out the reindeer (video) living at the Georgeson Botanical Garden.
Image: “Reinterpratation” by Da-ka-xeen Mehner
Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center– An incredible display of Alaska’s rich culture. From interpretive displays to making moose skin handbags to trying some Native cuisine, this new visitors center is not to be missed. For more information about Native Alaskan Art contact the Center for Native Arts at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Gold Dredge No. 8– An historic gold mine where you can pan for gold and take a 90 minute tour back in time. Call to find out tour times 907-457-6058
Chena Hot Springs and the Chena River Recreation area. Head north out of Fairbanks on the Steese Hwy and hang a right on Chena Hot Springs Road. The road runs directly into the hot springs at mile marker 56. They have shuttle to and from the airport as well. Do not expect good service on any level but the water is nice. On the way stop in the recreation area for a swim, hike, or picnic.
Alyeska Pipeline Visitor Center- You will undoubtedly see a lot of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System if you are traveling in Interior Alaska. This site is worth 10 minutes of your time to read the interpretive signs that inform you about Alaska’s petroleum infrastructure and history.
For more info on local events and art studios see Latitude 65 in our local paper.
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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover …”