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Riverboat Discovery

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Address: 1975 Discovery Dr., Fairbanks, AK 99709
Phone Number: +1 866-479-6673
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Description: 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 Good Perspective

This is the second time we have travelled on Riverboat Discovery. The trip takes about 2-3 hours and shares a good part of Alaskan culture - past and present. A visit to an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Merced California
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Merced California
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110 reviews 110 reviews
24 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This is the second time we have travelled on Riverboat Discovery. The trip takes about 2-3 hours and shares a good part of Alaskan culture - past and present. A visit to an Athabascan Village explains the historical cultural perspective. A visit to Susan Butcher's dog training facility helps one understand the Iditerod Race and the importance of training. The... More 

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Melbourne
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The River Boat Discovery experience starts with an all you can eat lunch which consists of a stew and vegetables and dessert. On board ther is a down river trip to a husky kennel and then an indigenous village. We found the buildings, boats and craft very well presented and enjoyed learning about their prewhiteman and early white settlement era... More 

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Meekatharra, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Wonderful relaxing way to spend a couple of hours and learn some history, see a musher and her dogs and hear about the indigenous culture

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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103 reviews 103 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Took this tour many many years ago and loved it then. Much improved with really first class service all the way around. If you're in the area this a must !!!

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 via mobile

An excellent trip along the China river as far as the confluence with the Tenant. Along the way we were treated to a float plane taking off, landing and taking off again, an introduction to the Alaskan Husky with a demonstration and finally a visit to an native Athabascan Indian village where we were shown aspects of their life and... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I took my dad on this cruise when he came to visit. We learned a lot! We watched the sled dogs practice. We saw native history. We sampled some salmon. We even saw reindeer. We had a great time! I'm giving it four stars only because it was a hot day, and there wasn't enough cold water available during the... More 

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Bemidji, Minnesota
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

So much more than a cruise down the river, this trip was ultra informative, entertaining, the staff was stellar, and the stops were great. We saw sled dogs, experienced -40 degree temps, ate great food, toured a homestead-like Indian village and more. Loved it!

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Michigan
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

What a wonderful way to spend part of a day. I wasn't expecting all the surprises along the way. I won't mention all but they included a visit from Susan Butcher's husband and dogs, The commentator had an excellent mix of facts and humor. We really enjoyed his information. The rest of the staff went out of their way to... More 

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Beaver, Pennsylvania
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This riverboat ride was fun. We saw a plane landing on the water,the Indian village,the sled dog demonstration was cool. It was cool to see Susan Butcher's husband and sled dog she was one of my favorite! And all the beautiful home along the river wow.

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Mount Sidney
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

A cruise on a historic paddlewheel ship with views of terrific homes, including Susan Butcher's, an informative visit to a replica of a Athabaskan village and meeting Lance Mackey at the Discovery gift shop. An all round great trip.

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