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Address: Fairbanks, AK 99709
Phone Number: +1 866-479-6673
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More than just a boat ride! Board the Sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery for...

More than just a boat ride! Board the Sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery for one of the most unique Alaskan experiences available! This three-hour cruise will take you into the heart of Alaska and introduce you to a family who has made the rivers of Alaska a way of life for five generations. You will see a bush floatplane takeoff alongside the boat, visit the home and kennels of the late four-time Iditarod winner Susan Butcher and see her champion sled dogs in action. Be immersed into the ancient Athabascan Indian culture when our Alaskan Native Guides take you on a personalized tour of the Chena Indian Village.

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A wonderful cruise full of information and beauty

We changes our Alaska itinerary after being told by two different people to make sure and go on this cruise! It was so worth it. The information was wonderful, the cruise was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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46 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We changes our Alaska itinerary after being told by two different people to make sure and go on this cruise! It was so worth it. The information was wonderful, the cruise was beautiful. Seeing the Iditarod race dogs and the Alaskan Native village were highlights. Well worth the time and money!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Loaded day - a little bit of everything - from dog sleds to sea planes to salmon tasting - this is a well managed trip. You can do as little or as much as you like.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You'll learn a lot and have fun while traveling down the Chena River to the Tanana. There is some entertainment along the way. One of the best things to do in for Fairbanks visitors.

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Lynn, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Big crowd, lunch served family style, stew and veggies, We enjoyed it but not certain if it would suit picky eaters. After we ate we boarded the paddle boat. If the weather is good go to the top. Sound system was good so we could hear the narration clearly. The production is well rehearsed and staged but still interesting and... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Have taken the ride on the Riverboat many times over the years, and never been disappointed. The Binkley Family business has maintained a High Level of professional safe operations for many, many years. The Riverboat experience is a must for folks giving there family and friends an indoctrination into Fairbanks past. A must do on your bucket list.................

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This is a fun and educational tour on the Chena River. You will learn about sternwheeler traveling on Alaska rivers in the early days of Alaska as well as flying in Alaska, dog mushing and native Alaskan village life.

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Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This is probably the number one tourist visiting place in Fairbanks. River ride on a stern-wheeler, narrative of dog mushing, village life and life in Fairbanks,

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Atlantic Beach, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This was included in the pre cruise bus tour and what a nice day. We saw a lot of businesses on the side of the river and even saw a plane take off and land on the river. Apparently planes to the locals are like cars to us here in NY! Had a nice day and recommend the riverboat tour.

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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

This was a fun day! There is a sea plane demonstration at the beginning which was pretty neat. The plane took off and landed right beside the boat. You then visit a dog sledding facility where a very nice demonstration is put on for your pleasure. Then we stopped at the Chena Indian Village which was very nice. The tour... More 

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Ehningen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

My husband and I visited Fairbanks for one day in August of 2015. In the afternoon of that day, we went on the Riverboat Discovery Cruise. What a wonderful experience it was! As we cruised along the river, we were treated to a bush plane demonstration, with the pilot landing on the river; an introduction to the dog sled operation... More 

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