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“40 Below Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK” 3 of 5 stars
Review of 40 Below Fairbanks

40 Below Fairbanks
2300 Airport Rd, Cabin # 3, Fairbanks, AK 99709
(907) 347-5451
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Ranked #24 of 30 Attractions in Fairbanks
Type: Educational Sites, Cultural
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“40 Below Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Exploring downtown Fairbanks won't take more than an hour or two, but there are a few interesting spots in addition to the ice museum and community museums. At 500 2nd Ave., the Fairbanks Ice Museum, aims to show summer visitors a bit of Fairbanks ice carving. A different kind of attraction shows off Fairbanks winter in summer. We last visited in May of 2013.
40 Below Fairbanks, at Cabin no. 3, is just a short walk down from the Palace Saloon, where you can go into a 8X10-foot room at a temperature at least -40°F (-40°C), a chill seen at least once most winters here. While in the freezer, you can use a rock-solid banana to pound a nail and toss a cup of hot water into the air to watch it explode into steam. Admission is $6.
Its certainly not the most exciting thing to do in Alaska, but you have to admit that it is both interesting, and a unique experience!

Visited May 2014
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“at least it was free”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

It isn't an independent attraction; it is in the back of the gift shop at the Riverboat Discovery dock. Don't go out of your way to go, but if you are there already then try it. You wait in line to go into a small freezer room with a thermometer (sometimes it is colder than -40 degrees) and frosty air. They do allow you to take your own pictures and offer you the option of buying photos they take. They offer both print copies and/or email photos for between $6 and $12. My friend opted for an email photo, paid the money and never received it.
But for the experience, try it if you are already there-it doesn't cost anything to walk in.

Visited September 2014
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Bogota, Colombia
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“cute, not a must!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

this was a very quick stop for us, not out of way, but we did want to experience the minus 40 degree weather. it is what it is: a walk in freezer at minus 40, you get your picture taken and you're out. it doesnt cost anything, and makes it for a fun 5 minutes. not more!

Visited July 2014
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Dover, Ohio
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“if you're first in line”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I didn't know what we were getting into with this "experience" at 40 below but it turned out to be that you step into a freezer and get your picture taken in front of a thermometer and then you leave..where you can then pay $10 for that picture (or $6 for them to email it to you). It was cold for sure but I don't think you are in it long enough for it to qualify as an "experience". It is free to step into the freezer so, it was a quick something to do as we were in early and first when it opened. I don't think I would stand in a long line to do it though.

Visited July 2014
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Bathurst, Australia
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“A cool room, that's all.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We went in there and to be honest it was the same as standing in a commercial freezer for a few minutes. It is free which was a bonus because I would have been disappointed if we had to pay. If you come from a hot area it would be ok. It's something to do while waiting for the paddle boat. We've been to the one at Auckland and it is way better but hey that's on the other side of the planet too.

Visited May 2014
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