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!
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