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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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Quite touristy, however enjoyable and informative

3-hour tour on a large steamwheeler, which holds up to 900 passengers. The best seats are those on the upper deck under the canopy on the port (left) side of the boat since all... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Fairbanks, Alaska
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We did not ride the boat today, have done that numerous times in the past. This review is the gift shop. While there is a great variety of gifts and some are reasonably priced, customer service was almost nonexistent. There were just seven customers in the shop, and we had to go looking for someone to help us. I'm not... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

3-hour tour on a large steamwheeler, which holds up to 900 passengers. The best seats are those on the upper deck under the canopy on the port (left) side of the boat since all attractions are on that side. As the boat cruises up the river, you see a seaplane take off and land, many beautiful homes in different styles,... More 

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florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This is a not to be missed experience. Offers a lot of information about the Chena Athabaskan Indians of Alaska, dog mushing and salmon. Worth the trip.

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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This was one of the highlights of our Alaska trip. Besides the riverboat ride visitors are introduced to bush piloting, mushing, and native culture. The narration is first-rate and very informative and entertaining. Don't miss this!

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Franklin, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

These folks have been doing this for awhile and they have figured out every turn and angle--there are so many places and attractions that could learn much from the Binkley operation. The Discovery III holds 900 people. They have a gift shop--seems like everybody up in Alaska does too--with rest rooms and a place to wait. It is very orderly... More 

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is a great family tour. It's about two hours. You board a paddle boat that is enclosed or you can go on top. The boat travels the river and you get to see houses along the banks and the joining of two rivers. Their is a narrator and the captain also speaks. Both are extremely knowledgeable. A bush plane... More 

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Birmingham, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

With so many tour buses in the car park, I anticipated the boat being crowded, but not so; plenty of room to move about and take photos. The boat doesn't travel far, but it is a trip full of interest and information. The first stop along the way was to watch from on deck a floatplane take off and land,... More 

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Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Went on a three hour excursion on the Riverboat Discovery III. The trip was fantastic and it flew by. The entire trip is nicely narrated with a history of riverboats on the Chena River and the history of the area. There are several stops along the way in which you learn about aviation, dog mushing, and the culture of the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The 3 hour Chena river cruise aboard Discovery III sternwheeler was great. For 3 hours we cruised down the river an saw staged venues: 1. A bush plane took off and landed right next to the boat; 2. We were treated to a view of Susan Butcher's iditerod dogs being hooked to their line and going for a run; 3.... More 

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Lehi, Utah, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This was a great riverboat tour fully narrated up the Chena River in Fairbanks Alaska rated the number one attraction in Alaska to go see so go see it !

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Address: 1975 Discovery Dr., Fairbanks, AK 99709
Phone Number: +1 866-479-6673
Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Fairbanks

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