- Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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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. After your tour, head to the farmhouse to continue your reindeer education over homemade cookies and lemonade.
Recent travelers who walked with the reindeer called it an amazing experience and described it as a fun and informative excursion for the whole family. Many commented on the friendliness of the reindeer, adding that children not only get to pet the reindeer, but also had the chance to interact with the owner's chickens and dogs. Reviews for the length of the tour were a bit more mixed: Some said the nearly three-hour tour was too long, but most found the reindeer lesson and interaction to be the highlight of their vacation. Also, keep in mind that you'll need to wear appropriate clothing and shoes, as most of this experience occurs outside.
You'll find the ranch 12 miles northwest of downtown Fairbanks; the attraction is best reached by car. Rates change seasonally but begin at $55 per adult and $35 per child (3-12). Children younger than 3 can visit for free but must be in a backpack carrier. For seasonal rates, hours, tips on what to wear or to make a reservation, see the attraction's website.