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The Aurora Ice Museum

Chena Hot Springs, Fairbanks, AK
907-451-8104
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Ranked #8 of 35 Attractions in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
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Holon, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

It take about 1 hour drive from Fairbanks to get Chenna Hot springs resort and Ice Museum,but it worth visit it,to see what may do from ice and lights play. Inside is cold about minus 14 degrees Celsius,but on entrance you have heavy coat and you don't feel cold. If you want may purchase alcohol drink out of ice wineglass.

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Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

An amazing structure t o preserve frozen art! The appletinis a bit pricey, but worth it!! This is a place to take visiting friends and relatives!

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is probably not something that will be your reason for going to Chena Hot Springs, but if you are already there it is a fun place to spend an hour. Artists collect clear ice in the winter and carve it into a variety of fun and quite spectacular items. The museum building is kept below freezing year round. For... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

It is quite a long drive to this place - approx. one hour. The sculptures are impressing. The ice museum seemed rather small to me and after 30 minutes I was freezing bitterly despite the jacket provided to me. Interesting it was, but I doubt it was worth a two hour drive.

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New york city
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Start by seeing a film of people working on the ice sculptures-an annual event in Fairbanks. Then, with Chiat on, you can enter some rooms with ice sculptures- including a skimobile, some Eskimos where you can be photographed with your head through the holes for faces, a large bar, a team of dogs and sled. Kind of fun!

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springfield vt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We were impressed. Could understand the carver only sometimes. Beautiful displays including an ice slide. Wear a coat no matter how hot it is outside.

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Folsom, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This museum is ~60 miles from Fairbanks and is a long drive. If you have the car, this is well worth the visit because this museum is in the Chena Hot Springs Resort where you could also do many other items - Hot Springs, Horseback riding, Dog sled ride, Greenhouse visit and so on. if there is a tour package... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Well worth the drive along the scenic roads of Alaska!!! The carvings are amazing, very detailed and unique Highly recommend soaking in the hot lake afterwards

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Fort Worth
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

So if you have already made it all the way to Fairbanks and have an afternoon to spend, this certainly one of the ways to do it, but after having done many things, it probably wouldn't make my list unless I was going there to overnight as well. First, very long drive (doing it around October didn't help because we... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This place is phenomenal! I just love the sculpture and the amazing xylophone! You can actually play it! The cool thing is that it's made of ice!!! I just love the Ice hotel/museum. Not just that you can drink one of their appletini in a ice glass cup! Hahaha how cool is that??

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