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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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Great trip, even in the rain! Lots of places inside to sit, with great views. Saw float plane, reindeer, had interesting history, sled dogs were the highlight! Very well done... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Viera, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Great trip, even in the rain! Lots of places inside to sit, with great views. Saw float plane, reindeer, had interesting history, sled dogs were the highlight! Very well done, highly recommend.

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Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I had been reading trip advisor on this excursion and pretty much new what to expect. The riverboat could hold a lot more people that I realized. The first thing that you do is eat the stew before boarding the boat. I read in trip advisor a lot of people stating that the stew was to die for. For us... More 

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Placentia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This excursion was included in our cruise package and we were very impressed by the whole operation. This family run business goes out of its way to entertain, educate, and enlighten all us uninformed tourists about Alaska and Fairbanks in particular. Of course, you can buy any number of momentos, but the lunch included was pretty good and everyone was... More 

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Osprey, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Wonderful river cruise with intro into sled dogs and native history! Loved sled dog pen and info. Lovely service and tour! A do not miss attraction!

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

A beautiful day for a river cruise on this steamboat along the Chena River. What a gorgeous experience to see the Trail Breaker Kennels along the way and actually having the boat stop so the conversation could be done between the River announcer and the kennel team members showing the skills of the dogs in training. There was a demonstration... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I personally did not want to do this tour but my husband was keen to do it. What a lovely surprise;The journey up the river was enjoyable and very informative. I did not expect us to make a stop but it was so worth it; totally learnt more about Alaska. I took advantage of trying the donuts on the way... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

The riverboat cruise was part of our Princess land/cruise package. It occurred the morning after our arrival in Fairbanks. While we were tired we enjoyed all elements of the cruise-bush pilot demonstration (seen from the boat); the sled dog demonstration (seen from the boat);our visit to the recreated Indian village; our visit to the -40 degree room in the gift... More 

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Roselle Park, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Nice breezy ride on a hot day. Excellent narration of what is being seen (unfortunately a lot of what is talked about is the expensive houses that you pass). The stop in the Athabascan Village was one highlight of the trip. The other fascinating part was passing the kennels of the late Susan Butcher of Iditarod fame and a demonstration... More 

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Gilroy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Perhaps it was because we had flown to Fairbanks the night before and had to take three flights, and we were exhausted, but this Riverboat Discovery Cruise was not necessarily boring but it was uninspiring and not worth the cost. About 300 or so people get on a large boat, and just as the boat leaves the pier on the... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This was a pleasant ride but all there is to see along the way is houses. Stopping to hear about the sled dogs was interesting. If you have not been on a sea plane watching one take off and land might be enjoyable. The recreated village was the best part. Would have liked more time there. Lunch was included. Salad... More 

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