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Riverboat Discovery

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Fairbanks, AK, USA
About Riverboat Discovery
SEASONAL BUSINESS open mid-May to mid-September. Please call ahead if visiting in May or September. June, July, and August we will almost always have availability. 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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Reviewed 1 week ago

I joined this rdie because it was a group thing not expecting much. I mean I have been on many revier boat rides. BUT I have never been on one that features so much extra. Like a seaplane taking off and landing while we watch...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank kenmac1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Captain Madison Binkley is a fifth-generation captain of a Discovery sternwheeler. She steered us through the adventure on Alaskan rivers while Jay Lewis, retired radio personality, narrated the sites as we passed by. We watched dogs train for the sled team, trained by the daughter...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent coordination with off boat presentations Captain and crew very informative and helpful.love the respect of native people lifestyle

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a unique way to see Central Alaska from its rivers. The trip along the Chena River to the Tanana River takes a traveler on a well-narrated trip past sled-dog training and traditional salmon drying to a replica Central Alaska Indian village on the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sisuanna
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This boat trip along the river highlighted the history and lifestyle of the region. It was by far the most memorable part of our visit to Fairbanks. The float plane display and the local village life display as well as the dogs and their sleds...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed November 4, 2019

This was tour that was very informative . The captain was very well experienced with this area. It was a great touch to see the sea plane take off and land on the water right in front of us. Crew showed us the clothes worn...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank butchproffitt
Reviewed November 2, 2019

The operation runs very smoothly, from ticketing until you leave. Even though there was a crowd of people trying to board (and you know everyone wants to be first), things moved smoothly and we still had our choice of seating options (inside, outside, shaded or...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed October 30, 2019

This tour added so much to our stay in Fairbanks. It was informative, entertaining and fun. History of the region was also showcased. I did not expect the level of professionalism displayed by all involved. It made the Tour the highlight of our stay

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Viper747
Reviewed October 19, 2019

This was a fun educational tour. I didn't read up on it much before we left so thought we would go down the river on a riverboat & back but this was so much more, The views along the river were great but we stopped...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Nancy H
Reviewed October 14, 2019

Really a neat experience. The lunch was nothing special but the Riverboat was wonderful. We like the tour, the float plane and village - however they had a former radio announcer that talked the entire time. More quiet to talk with our family and just...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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August 17, 2019|
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Response from BallymoneyBaileyBoy | Reviewed this property |
The trip I took, which was part of a Celebrity Cruises post-cruise land tour, commenced around 2pm and did not include lunch. However, tea and coffee with blueberry doughnuts were available free of charge. Other food and... More
July 26, 2019|
Response from Eaton_Out | Reviewed this property |
From River's Edge to Fairbanks was about $16 one way for Uber but not sure about how much to Discovery.
July 13, 2019|
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Response from 907blaked | Reviewed this property |
We heard from an employee at our hotel that the 9am tour is less crowded because many people do gold dredging in the morning before it gets too hot, and then do the riverboat discovery cruise at 2pm. We booked the 9am, and... More