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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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More than just a boat ride! Board the Sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery...

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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Lazy afternoon on the river

This is a great trip and came as part of our holiday package. We did this after the gold dredge and they bring you here for food which was a very nice stew, you then have some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great trip and came as part of our holiday package. We did this after the gold dredge and they bring you here for food which was a very nice stew, you then have some time to look around the gift shop. Two things to note in this gift shop, first the two bull moose who were discovered... More 

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Colden, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On 8/12/15 my husband and I did the Riverboat Discovery which was part of the land/cruise tour we had booked with Holland America. We were transferred from our hotel to Steamboat Landing. Pick up time was early 8:10 am so we would be on the 9:00 am Riverboat Discovery tour. This was a 3 hour cruise on the authentic sternwheeler... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was part of a Holland America land + sea cruise and was an enjoyable way to spend a half day. Photographers would love it. Through their connections we had a bush pilot land and takeoff on the Chena River plus we passed a sled racing dog training place and finished with a visit to a fishing village. Photographers: tripods... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Riverboat Discovery is a very popular attraction in Fairbanks for tourists. It is very professionally done and I'd highly recommend it.

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Venice, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We recently took a cruise/land tour to Alaska with multiple excursions and had a great time. This particular trip was at the end of the vacation and I had planned it as filler not really expecting anything. Boy was I surprised. This tour on a paddle wheel boat and sea planes taking off and landing right by the boat, stopped... More 

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Cabarita Beach, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a disappointing time in downtown fairbanks(over half the shops were either shut or empty)we had a better day on this tour.I had read some reviews on how staged some of it was but you get out of what you want to.I enjoyed the whole day with the Gold dredge 8 tour as well.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This attraction was part of our Alaska Cruise and Land Tour. We thought it was a conventional river boat cruise. We were surprised, in fact this is and entertaining and learning attraction. The tour includes Bush Pilot Attraction, Chena Indian village walking tour, Susan Butcher dogsled team attraction, and 40 below Zero Experience. The tour was ended with Discovery Lunch... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was one of the few attractions during our 3 week Alaska adventure that was "only" ok. It was a nice sunny day - but the Riverboat Discovery clearly caters to the cruise crowd. Nothing too deep. Everything, including the "village" was staged and pretty fake. The native Alaskans were clearly enthusiastic about their "jobs", but that's what it was... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

We took the afternoon tour in the paddle boat along the Chenana river. It included a demonstration of a bush pilot landing on the river in front of us, a stop at native village with guided tours around the place; they show how the natives in the area lived and survived. They have cabins, clothes, demonstrations of how the fish... More 

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Plano, Tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This was part of our tour but I would recommend it for the individual traveler as well. It is a tourist tour but well done. Of course you get on a river boat and cruise down the river and back. It was enhanced by a float plane take off, fly by, and landing with commentary from the pilot. There was... More 

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