Free Things To Do in Fairbanks
- #1View all Photos#1 in FairbanksMuseums, Sightseeing, Tours, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPENDMuseums, Sightseeing, Tours, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND...Read More »
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.
- #3View all Photos#3 in FairbanksRecreation, Swimming/Pools, FreeTYPEHalf Day to Full DayTIME TO SPENDRecreation, Swimming/Pools, FreeTYPEHalf Day to Full DayTIME TO SPEND...Read More »
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.
- #4View all Photos#4 in FairbanksParks and Gardens, FreeTYPELess than 1 hourTIME TO SPENDParks and Gardens, FreeTYPELess than 1 hourTIME TO SPEND...Read More »
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.
- #6View all Photos#6 in FairbanksTours, Wineries/Breweries, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPENDTours, Wineries/Breweries, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND...Read More »
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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