What to do in Fairbanks, AK

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Fairbanks Attractions

If you’re contemplating a trip to Fairbanks sometime in the near future, you may be wondering what the major must-see attractions are available in this former gold rush community. The types of things to do in Fairbanks depend on the time of year of your visit. Summer guests of the Last Frontier can choose to take a flightseeing trip over the Article Circle, take a ride on a local steamship, rent a car and visit Denali National Park, or enjoy a meal of freshly prepared Alaska seafood in one of the many good dining spots in Fairbanks. You can probably even find an informal softball game going on at the city park at 1 a.m. Don't worry about being kept awake by the constant daylight, though hotels and other accommodations routinely provide blackout curtains so guests can get a good's night sleep.

Although the majority of tourist trade in Fairbanks takes place during the summer months, winter is a fascinating time to visit. Among the favorite Fairbanks excursions of winter guests are dogsledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and watching the Northern Lights. Fairbanks tours to the nearby hills outside of town are very popular in the winter among tourists who come to Alaska specifically to see the Northern Lights, and those who have been fortunate enough to see them say winter is the best time to visit the Fairbanks area. Thermal hot springs and creeks exist east of Fairbanks, and many visitors soak in the hot mineral waters while the temperatures are twenty below zero. Another one of popular winter attractions in Fairbanks is the annual ice carving competition featuring work by the world's top ice carvers.

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What to do in Fairbanks

Free Things to Do in Fairbanks

Leave your purse in the hotel. It's possible to entertain yourself in Fairbanks without surrendering a cent.

Fairbanks Community Museum - Take the entire family and enjoy an intriguing adventure through history with one another.

Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary - Calling all animal lovers — here's your opportunity to spend time with some lovable new friends.

Growden Memorial Park - You can't beat this attraction if you're looking to loosen up and have some fun.

Gold Daughters - If you enjoy delving into history and heritage, this is one attraction you ought to visit.

Gallery 49 Fine Art Gallery - Organize a visit and find out the importance of this place to the local community.

Growden Memorial Park - Work on your green thumb and admire the many and varied plants on show.

Things to Do in Fairbanks with Kids

There are loads of fun activities to do with your kids in and around Fairbanks. Keep the gang happy with our family friendly experiences.


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What to do in Fairbanks on a sunny day?
What to do in Fairbanks on a rainy day?
Make the most of rainy weather by joining some indoor activities, like a Shared Shuttle - Denali to Fairbanks Shuttle or a Full-Day Chena Hot Springs Tour.
What can you do in Fairbanks for free?
Your time away in Fairbanks needn’t send you broke with free things like these on offer:

  • University of Alaska-Fairbanks
  • Santa Claus House
  • Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Growden Memorial Park

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