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Sternwheeeler Tanana Chief

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1020 Hoselton Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709-4624
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Alameda, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

I was debating between Riverboat Discovery or River Dinner Criuse after the security guard told me about the dinner cruise. I was so glad that I picked the dinner criuse. The prime rib was excellent and so were everything else. After we finished the main course, the chef served us vanilla ice cream with strawberry & ruhbar sauce topping. It... More 

Thank W G
Anchorage, Alaska
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

My wife and I went on the dinner trip a couple of weeks ago and the food was not as advertised and the people serving the food couldn't care less about the customers. They advertise a prime rib and king salmon dinner and we got some kind of beef and pressed chicken in some sauce. The bathrooms are a mess... More 

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Clark, South Dakota
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2016

We are not big water people, but did really enjoy this stern wheeler ride on July 4th. Wonderful stop to see sled dog demonstration and the old village available to walk through was very interesting. All ages would enjoy this activity.

Thank JodyFuller
Olympia, WA
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2015

Lame & canned tour. My family was bored. We would have walked out but were hostage once the boat left. This was a very predictable experience which may be great I suppose if you have no actual contact with real humans. The tour guide read from a script that included fake spontaneous quips between him and the places they stopped... More 

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Marietta, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2015

Part of their past culture, you'll want to check out the various Sternwheel boats in the area, You can also learn about the meaning of Tanana.

Thank ginger2003_98
Peterborough, Canada
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2015

Great information from the tour guide. Wonderful to see the dog sled kennels and see the dogs as well as the information given buy the first nations community about the early ways of life

Thank Lornaf75
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2015 via mobile

We were married. Aboard this wonderful stern wheeler some years back.We always make it a point to ride it every time we are in Fairbanks. Food is good and staff very pleasant. You will never forget this wonderful trip down the Chena River! !

Thank Elizabeth O
Glenelg, Australia
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2015

This is one of the best tourist activities that I have experienced - and I have travelled widely. This sternwheeler takes you down river and back again with an outstanding commentary. On the way, you are introduced to many Alaskan activities including a float plane landing and taking off in front of the and time at an Alaskan native village.... More 

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Eythorne, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2015

It was a wish come true to travel on an old sternwheeler. It was alovely warm day and there was plenty of room for all on this boat. We cruised calmly along the river and had a very informative captain giving us all the facts and figures of this journ ey. We were supplied with drinks and snacks and various... More 

Thank Anne P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2015

This was a day trip on the Sternwheeler. although it was busy there was plenty of room and the service worked like clockwork. The commentary was very interesting and the visit to a working township museum was particularly interesting. Well worth attraction

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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  • Address: 1020 Hoselton Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709-4624
  • Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Fairbanks

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?