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Riverboat Discovery Tours

1975 Discovery Dr., Fairbanks, AK 99709
+1 866-479-6673
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Ranked #9 of 41 Activities in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: More than just a boat ride. Board the Sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery for one of the most unique Alaskan experiences available! This three-hour... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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ENGLEWOOD
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170 reviews 170 reviews
31 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The tour starts off with a wonderful lunch, hot stew with tons of meat and potatoes, a great salad and a veggies alternative for those who hate meat. Then off to the boat--an updated paddle wheeler--and the events planned for our cruise. We had a bush pilot take off and land on the river--all the while talking with our narrator... More

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Mississauga, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The first morning or our Danali Land Trip included the Riverboat Trip. Having a beautiful sunny day may have tinged our ultimate review, BUT with seven generations of experience, I don't think so. The commentary accompanied by simultaneous information via satellite( I think) from the float plane pilot, the dog musher, the salmon handler and the young girls on land... More

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Near Boston
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Very informative and education - and enjoyable! Highly recommend this while in Fairbanks. Our 11 yr old & 7 yr old especially enjoyed the sled dodge demo and seeing the dogs when arriving at the village.

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Port Orange
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Very relaxing. The small visit to the village could have been skipped - it was a tad contrived. Seeing the caged caribou was also a bit staged. But, for those who do not mind that the side excursions were informational and not meant to be naturally occurring, it was fine.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the Riverboat Discovery Tour very much! From the boat ride, to the scenery, floatplane landing, the dogsledding, the fish drying and the Chena Village. It was great fun!

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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

This tour has it ALL. Cultural preservation, Scenery, a bush pilot demonstration, mushing, and IT'S ON A PADDLEWHEELER. Who can go wrong. The crew is friendly , helpful and most of all Love their job....

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Madison, WI
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

This was a great way to spend our last afternoon in Alaska at the end of a weeklong trip across the state. the terrific program covered aspects we hadn't experienced -- dog mushing, float planes, Native American culture and river commerce. This is a well-run family operation with outstanding employees who love to share what they know about a place... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Excellent! Educational, fun, scenic and a cultural gem! Don't miss this! I expected cheesy yet was really impressed. While well coordinated and rehearsed it is clear that the people who lead the tour are authentic, real, and good people. We enjoyed the Riverboat, the kennel/dogsled explanation and the Chena Village. I highly recommend this while in Fairbanks!

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

A wonderful riverboat cruise going past all the mansions before reaching the wilderness areas. We had an example of dog sledding and the Bush pilot both landed and took off from the river. We also called into the local native village to see their culture and way of life. Back at the end of the tour their is a large... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

So, I will preface this statement by saying that mock villages, etc are not my type of thing. However, my husband and I found ourselves on the Riverboat Discovery while in Fairbanks. Staff is incredibly helpful in booking and boarding. We got there early and enjoyed complimentary coffee and perused the shop. The guides on the cruise were great -... More

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