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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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Things to Do in Fairbanks with Kids

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

Free Things to Do in Fairbanks

A trip to Fairbanks need not blow your budget. You can leave your wallet behind if you go to:

Fairbanks Community Museum - Loaded with exhibits and artifacts, this gallery is a wonderland for minds that thirst for knowledge.

Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary - Budding photographers, bring your camera — you're sure to capture some wonderful animal photos here.

Growden Memorial Park - Spoil the kids with a good time or let the big kid in you run free — this place is loaded with fun.

Gold Daughters - Educate yourself about some of the intriguing history of the area through this site.

Gallery 49 Fine Art Gallery - Widely recognized among those who live here, this place is worth stopping by.

Growden Memorial Park - Arrange a picnic date and enjoy a stroll around the beautiful plants.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Fairbanks on a sunny day?

What to do in Fairbanks on a rainy day?

Take advantage of a gray, rainy day by diving into 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?

You could put your money in the hotel safe for the day, because these great attractions can be seen for nothing:

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