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The Aurora Ice Museum

Chena Hot Springs, Fairbanks, AK
907-451-8104
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Ranked #9 of 34 attractions in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The museum is located in the Chena Hot Spring Resort which is around an hour and a half drive from Fairbanks. You need to purchase the $15 tickets from the activity center and the tours leave every hour or so from the center. It is an additional $15 if you wish you drink Appletinis in an ice glass in the... More

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This ice museum is at Chena Hot Springs resort. We went there for a day during a recent trip to Fairbanks. It is small, but really neat.

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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Quite a bit of drive from Fairbanks but the drive is very scenic. So it was worth it! The ice museum tours happen at only certain times so need to giver yourselves plenty of time. The tour was kinda crowded but it was good. Make sure to grab a warm jacket because you will not last more than 5 minutes... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The road to Chena was basically 60 miles of a solid sheet of ice. However, we made the trip twice durning our stay. I was so excited to see the ice museum and it didn't disappoint! The glasses made of ice were an extra cool touch! A must see if you get a chance.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Well worth the trip to see. Has a bit of old bar smell, so it is getting time to melt it down, clean it real good and re build. It is a mach up of a real use ice bar, (one you go in and out of freely and have as many drinks as you want). But it is a... More

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Cypress, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

A good value and the Appletini's were great! It was great to see how they carved out the drink glasses too. A must see and a good experience.

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St. George, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Very nice attraction but would have been better with less people. We had a very large group and had to take turns etc. seeing and doing different things. Taking pictures was hard because of the size of our group. Worth seeing but try to go with a smaller group. They don't take reservations so it's the "luck of the draw"... More

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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

I really enjoyed this! There were some awesome sculptures and having an appletini in a glass made of ice was fun. It's by no mean a long event, you can get through it in about 20 minutes, but there are some impressive carvings in there. It was worth the trip, for sure.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Since the museum was just next to our hotel, we went in and were amazed at the ice sculptures. Our guide first showed us what is ice carving and he made such a complicated task so simple. we first saw the window displays and then went into the little ice hut with ice tables and benches which was minus 20... More

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Unalakleet, Alaska
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Great small tour of the ice museum. There were only a few of us on the tour and it made it that much more inviting. Were able to see the workshop area up close and have more time to listen to the stories of the tour guide.

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