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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.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated August 4, 2017

  • #1
    Things to do in Fairbanks
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    #1 in Fairbanks
    Museums, Sightseeing, Tours, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums, Sightseeing, Tours, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    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

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  • #2
    Aurora Borealis Tours
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    #2 in Fairbanks
    Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Tours
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    More than Full Day
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    Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Tours
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    More than Full Day
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    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

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  • #3
    Chena River State Recreation Area
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    #3 in Fairbanks
    Recreation, Swimming/Pools, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Recreation, Swimming/Pools, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    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

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  • #4
    Georgeson Botanical Garden
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    #4 in Fairbanks
    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
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    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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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

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  • #5
    University of Alaska Museum of the North
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    #5 in Fairbanks
    Museums, Tours
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums, Tours
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    1 to 2 hours
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    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

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  • #6
    HooDoo Brewing Company
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    #6 in Fairbanks
    Tours, Wineries/Breweries, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Tours, Wineries/Breweries, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    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

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  • #7
    Running Reindeer Ranch
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    #7 in Fairbanks
    Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    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.

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  • #8
    Pioneer Park
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    #8 in Fairbanks
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Parks and Gardens, Recreation
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    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

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  • #9
    Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
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    #9 in Fairbanks
    Museums
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums
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    1 to 2 hours
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    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

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  • #10
    Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station
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    #10 in Fairbanks
    Sightseeing, Tours, Zoos and Aquariums
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Sightseeing, Tours, Zoos and Aquariums
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    1 to 2 hours
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    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

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