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“Like You Have Never Seen Before” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Aurora Ice Museum

The Aurora Ice Museum
Chena Hot Springs, Fairbanks, AK
907-451-8104
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Ranked #7 of 30 Attractions in Fairbanks
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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“Like You Have Never Seen Before”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

It is quite a drive from Fairbanks but the Ice Museum is quite amazing. You will enter another world, magical and serene.

Visited August 2013
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“Nice sculptures and martini”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

It was interesting to see the sculptors at work, and some of their designs are really amazing. It's a treat to get a martini poured at an all-ice bar in a martini glass just carved out of ice! But it's kind of a small building, and I'm not sure if it's really worth the price tag.

Visited August 2013
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“Unique experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Went here for the ice museum. It's a long and boring drive there from Fairbanks but once you're in the ice museum, it's worth it. Lots of fun. Definitely get the apple martini.

Visited July 2013
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“Neat to see!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

The ice hotel is at the end of a 60 miles drive from Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs. It is a very scenic drive. From the outside, the ice hotel is not much to look at. It is basically a large warehouse covered in a white and blue plastic cover with pretty flowers in front... kind of strange actually. To get your tickets, you need to go to the "visitor center" at the other end of the property. It is not very well indicated, but eventually you will find it. Everybody waits for the tour to start at the visitor center, and then it is off to... The Ice Castle! Our tour guide was very strange and definitely not a people person. No side conversations on her tour, she demanded (borderline yelled) that everyone only listened to her... or she was not going to let you in. It was kind of funny...we just did not pay attention to her! But once inside, it is pretty neat. You have various size sculptures and different light colors reflecting on them. We particularly liked the lighted Christmas tree and the musical instrument. They give you a big coat to wear so temperature was not a problem at all, even for the kids. We had to have the appletini. Nothing to rave about in terms of taste but where else are you going to drink in a glace made of ice? We shared one just to try (it's enough, trust me!). The ice carvers are there while you visit, but unfortunately they don't say a word unless you start talking to them first. It would be nice if you were welcomed by them once you enter... In conclusion, it is neat to see but don't expect fuzzy feelings there. Tour guides and ice carvers are as cold as the ice! We did not let it get to us and we all had a good time.We came to Chena Hot Springs just for the ice hotel and the hydroponic tour. Otherwise, the resort is not all that to look at besides the springs (basically a big swimming pool with a waterfall). For us, it was a good opportunity to show the kids that you can be in the middle of nowhere and with a little bit of ingenuity you can make electricity from water, power the entire area and even grow vegetables when it is -40 outside. So all together, Chena was a good day trip!

Visited July 2013
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“Watch your step!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

A little pricey for walking around in a frozen tent for 20 minutes. The sculptures were beautiful but the lighting was so dim hard to see some things. They give everyone a parka, which keeps you quite warm. The ice orbs w/flowers, and the chandelier are truly beautiful. They have an ice bar w/stools that you can buy a $15 martini in an ice glass, which you get to keep for as long as it lasts when you leave. The steps are not all the same height so watch carefully. I fell and broke my foot on one of the uneven steps and they say they don't have insurance and are reluctant to help with medical expenses.

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