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Address: Fairbanks, AK 99709
Phone Number: +1 866-479-6673
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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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Very good, would highly reccommend. Learned a lot, very informative. Great demo of a water plane taking off and landing, demo with dog sled dogs, sample Cheno village. Very nice... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Charles Town, West Virginia
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Charles Town, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good, would highly reccommend. Learned a lot, very informative. Great demo of a water plane taking off and landing, demo with dog sled dogs, sample Cheno village. Very nice ride on boat. Delicious blueberry donuts, included.

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Verndale MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A bus picked up 6 of us in our group at the door of the Bear lodge and took us to Paddle Boat. We really enjoyed the sled dogs pulling the ATV around. The cruise was very informative with the stops along the way. The gift shop had everything.

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Nashville, TN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 776 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our Princess tour included a morning on the Discovery sternwheeler for a ride on two rivers with interesting sights along the way. We had a bit of a rough start – recent rains had elevated the water level in the Chena River; the rushing water pushed the boat to a shallow area on the other side of the river, but... More 

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Bowmanville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We travelled as part of our Royal Caribbean Cruise land tour. The commentary and videos on this 3 hour river cruise were very informative and well done. So friendly, offering free coffee and home made donuts. These people really know their stuff and treat their staff wonderfully. This was very informative with a land stop and dogsled demonstration. What a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Was hoping for much on this trip but came back loving every second. The commentary was funny and very educational and the trip to the native village was extremely well thought out. It's amazing what you can see from the river

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Cannon Falls, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The paddlewheeler is a huge boat with 4 seating levels with a capacity for what seemed like 500 passengers. It was a beautiful day so we sat in the sun on the top level. There are many seats inside and outside in the shade. Refreshments are available on the boat. The boat moves at a slow pace. Except for a... More 

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Ipswich, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great opportunity to see Fairbanks from the River & hear the history of the area. The visit to the Chena Village then a train trip along the Tana Valley Railroad with some gold panning at Gold Dredge 8. We recommend this trip for all ages.

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Panama City, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Combining a stern wheeler with a nearly hand's-on village experience, it is obvious they return proceeds to the enterprise as there are multi-media displays, state of the art public address systems and newer facilities in evidence. Many of the others present were part if cruise/hotel packages, but we did not feel like we were any less welcpme as walk-ins, as... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We thought it was a boat tour just for entertaining the kid but we had a lot of fun too! The tranquil river view in a sunny afternoon was gorgeous. The boat floats through the river so we can see the beautiful river bank, the dog house, water airplane taking off and landing. We even stopped at an Alaskan village... More 

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Thank Yang T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We did this towards the end of our 2 week trip and they covered a lot of what we had seen and heard during our trip. We really enjoyed the tour...but didn't stay for the lunch. Most of the "cruise" people did...so we were glad to have skipped it. They have everything well mapped out and organized...just like a cruise... More 

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