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Best Things To Do in Fairbanks

Whether you feel like playing golf at midnight during Fairbanks' long, light-filled summer nights or prefer taking a walk in the woods with reindeer, there's plenty to do in this interior Alaskan city. Although peak season falls during the midnight sun months of July and August, many adventurous travelers also visit Fairbanks in the winter months to catch a glimpse of the northern lights. Start your city tour by visiting the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center for an overview of the region and to pick up maps and information on things to do. History buffs will enjoy the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum and the University of Alaska Museum of the North, while outdoor lovers will revel in hiking with reindeer at the Running Reindeer Ranch or meeting musk oxen at the Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station.

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#1

#1 in Fairbanks

Free
The Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center is a great first stop to pick up maps and information on things to do in Fairbanks. In addition to exhibits on the natural history of the region and the cultural history of Alaska natives, the center offers a free film on Alaska's history and nature. What's more, on the first Friday of every month, the center hosts a free reception featuring the work of an Alaskan artist from the interior region. This is also where you'll find the city's famous Antler Arch, a piece constructed with more than 100 moose and caribou antlers collected from all over interior Alaska.
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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center
The Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center is a great first stop to pick up maps and information on things to do in Fairbanks. In addition to exhibits on the natural history of the region and the cultural history of Alaska natives, the center offers a free film on Alaska's history and nature. What's more, on the first Friday of every month, the center hosts a free reception featuring the work of an Alaskan artist from the interior region. This is also where you'll find the city's famous Antler Arch, a piece constructed with more than 100 moose and caribou antlers collected from all over interior Alaska.
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#2

#2 in Fairbanks

The aurora borealis – commonly called the northern lights – are one of the most popular attractions in Fairbanks. The region is situated under the "aurora oval", and from late September to early April, visitors flock to the region to view the spectacular light show. The city lights of Fairbanks tend to wash out the northern lights, so most tours head north on the Dalton Highway into the countryside for optimal viewing.  
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Natural Wonders Type
More than Full Day Time to Spend
Aurora Borealis Tours
The aurora borealis – commonly called the northern lights – are one of the most popular attractions in Fairbanks. The region is situated under the "aurora oval", and from late September to early April, visitors flock to the region to view the spectacular light show. The city lights of Fairbanks tend to wash out the northern lights, so most tours head north on the Dalton Highway into the countryside for optimal viewing.  
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#3

#3 in Fairbanks

Free
The Chena River State Recreation Area, which sits just east of Fairbanks, is a popular spot in the summer for hiking, kayaking, fishing and camping. In the winter months, locals head to this area for ski touring and snow machining – the local term for snowmobiling. The 254,080-acre preserve also offers several developed campgrounds and public-use cabins, as well as picnic areas and pavilions for family gatherings.
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Recreation Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Chena River State Recreation Area
The Chena River State Recreation Area, which sits just east of Fairbanks, is a popular spot in the summer for hiking, kayaking, fishing and camping. In the winter months, locals head to this area for ski touring and snow machining – the local term for snowmobiling. The 254,080-acre preserve also offers several developed campgrounds and public-use cabins, as well as picnic areas and pavilions for family gatherings.
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#4 in Fairbanks

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The Georgeson Botanical Garden is part of the School of Natural Resources and Extension at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The nationally recognized garden was created by Christian Georgeson in the early 20th century – one of several experimental agricultural stations in the state – to learn what crops would grow best in the Alaskan climate and to share information and techniques with local residents. The garden continues this work today through plant trials and research, but it also contributes to the community with creative annual events like the Dead End Poets Society. The garden boasts a giant hedge maze and at one of the many dead ends, visitors will find poems written by local students.
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Parks and Gardens Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
Georgeson Botanical Garden
The Georgeson Botanical Garden is part of the School of Natural Resources and Extension at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The nationally recognized garden was created by Christian Georgeson in the early 20th century – one of several experimental agricultural stations in the state – to learn what crops would grow best in the Alaskan climate and to share information and techniques with local residents. The garden continues this work today through plant trials and research, but it also contributes to the community with creative annual events like the Dead End Poets Society. The garden boasts a giant hedge maze and at one of the many dead ends, visitors will find poems written by local students.
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#5 in Fairbanks

Located on the campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, this museum is the state's only research and teaching museum. Housing more than 1.4 million artifacts and specimens, the collections include Alaskan art spanning more than 2,000 years, featuring paintings, sculpture and ancient ivory carvings. Specimens include a 36,000-year-old mummified bison named Blue Babe and the state's largest public display of Alaskan gold. A special exhibit, "The Place Where You Go to Listen," features a sound and light installation controlled by the real-time positions of the sun and moon. Special lectures and family programs are also offered throughout the year, and the museum store features an array of artwork, jewelry and crafts. 
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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
University of Alaska Museum of the North
Located on the campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, this museum is the state's only research and teaching museum. Housing more than 1.4 million artifacts and specimens, the collections include Alaskan art spanning more than 2,000 years, featuring paintings, sculpture and ancient ivory carvings. Specimens include a 36,000-year-old mummified bison named Blue Babe and the state's largest public display of Alaskan gold. A special exhibit, "The Place Where You Go to Listen," features a sound and light installation controlled by the real-time positions of the sun and moon. Special lectures and family programs are also offered throughout the year, and the museum store features an array of artwork, jewelry and crafts. 
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#6 in Fairbanks

Free
You won't find unusual flavors at this local Fairbanks brewery. Bobby Milken, born and raised in Fairbanks, started HooDoo Brewing Company to offer beers in classic English, German, Belgian and American styles. The open-concept taproom allows visitors to see the process while enjoying a glass or growler of their favorite brew. The brewery – the first in Alaska to harness solar power for its operation – offers free tours on Saturdays. Known for its Kölsch and American IPA, the brewery also features a variety of seasonal releases on tap.
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Tours Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
HooDoo Brewing Company
You won't find unusual flavors at this local Fairbanks brewery. Bobby Milken, born and raised in Fairbanks, started HooDoo Brewing Company to offer beers in classic English, German, Belgian and American styles. The open-concept taproom allows visitors to see the process while enjoying a glass or growler of their favorite brew. The brewery – the first in Alaska to harness solar power for its operation – offers free tours on Saturdays. Known for its Kölsch and American IPA, the brewery also features a variety of seasonal releases on tap.
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#7 in Fairbanks

This family-owned farm sits just north of Fairbanks in the boreal forest of the Goldstream Valley. Here, visitors are invited to take a guided nature walk through the forest with the family's reindeer and learn about the natural history of the forest, as well as the animal's habits and personality. After your tour, head to the farmhouse to continue your reindeer education over homemade cookies and lemonade. 
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Hiking Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Running Reindeer Ranch
This family-owned farm sits just north of Fairbanks in the boreal forest of the Goldstream Valley. Here, visitors are invited to take a guided nature walk through the forest with the family's reindeer and learn about the natural history of the forest, as well as the animal's habits and personality. After your tour, head to the farmhouse to continue your reindeer education over homemade cookies and lemonade. 
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#8

#8 in Fairbanks

Part-theme park and part-historic park, the 44-acre Pioneer Park – built in honor of the 100th-anniversary celebration of Alaska's purchase from Russia – showcases the history of Fairbanks through several museums, including the Tanana Valley Railroad Museum, the Alaska Native Museum and the Pioneer Museum. A replica steamboat and two historic houses also give a glimpse of life in past eras. The park features several restaurants and shops, as well as kid-friendly activities, including a train ride, mini-golf and a playground area. Although many attractions and concessions close during the winter, RV parking is available year-round.
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Parks and Gardens Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Pioneer Park
Part-theme park and part-historic park, the 44-acre Pioneer Park – built in honor of the 100th-anniversary celebration of Alaska's purchase from Russia – showcases the history of Fairbanks through several museums, including the Tanana Valley Railroad Museum, the Alaska Native Museum and the Pioneer Museum. A replica steamboat and two historic houses also give a glimpse of life in past eras. The park features several restaurants and shops, as well as kid-friendly activities, including a train ride, mini-golf and a playground area. Although many attractions and concessions close during the winter, RV parking is available year-round.
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#9 in Fairbanks

You don't have to be an automobile buff to enjoy the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum. The museum showcases more than 85 cars made prior to World War II, each showcasing a historical significance or technological innovations of the day. What make this museum unique are the accompanying displays of period clothing that present a slice-of-life view of the era.
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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
You don't have to be an automobile buff to enjoy the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum. The museum showcases more than 85 cars made prior to World War II, each showcasing a historical significance or technological innovations of the day. What make this museum unique are the accompanying displays of period clothing that present a slice-of-life view of the era.
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#10

#10 in Fairbanks

Looking for a place to buy some qiviut? Prounounced kin-ee-ut, qiviut is the Inuit word for the soft underwool produced by musk oxen, prized for its insulating warmth. The Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station, located at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, maintains reindeer and musk oxen for research purposes, and the sale of qiviut to weavers helps fund the station. The station also offers guided walking tours throughout the year, but reservations are required if you want to tour the property during the winter season (Labor Day to Memorial Day).
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Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station
Looking for a place to buy some qiviut? Prounounced kin-ee-ut, qiviut is the Inuit word for the soft underwool produced by musk oxen, prized for its insulating warmth. The Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station, located at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, maintains reindeer and musk oxen for research purposes, and the sale of qiviut to weavers helps fund the station. The station also offers guided walking tours throughout the year, but reservations are required if you want to tour the property during the winter season (Labor Day to Memorial Day).
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