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“Great fun!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gold Dredge 8

Gold Dredge 8
Ranked #8 of 51 Tours in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Join the Binkley family for a trip through Alaska's gold mining history at Gold Dredge 8. Enjoy a close up view of the Trans Alaska Pipeline and a presentation about it's construction and operation. Then take a seat aboard a replica of the narrow-gauge Tanana Valley Railroad and hear the conductor tell tales of prospectors who arrived by the thousands during the gold rush. The train ride takes you to Gold Dredge 8 where you will see first-hand how the dredge worked the gold fields, then receive a brief but informative course on gold panning. Once the train arrives at the camp, you will try panning for yourself! You will find gold- we guarantee it! Finally, explore the dredge camp and enjoy complimentary coffee and freshly baked cookies in the gift shop as your gold is weighed, then hop aboard the train and return to the station.
Abington, Pennsylvania
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285 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Great fun!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

Even though the weather didn't cooperate (unseasonably cold (about 25F) and snowing) we still had a great time. Everything was well organized, staff was knowledgeable and friendly and everyone gets at least a little gold (my husband liked panning so much he bought an extra bag). In total, we got about $37 worth of gold in three bags. Lots of fun and highly recommended.

Visited May 2013
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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“Somehow I knew we wouldn't win much gold!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2013

This was interesting to hear what life was like during the golden years in Alaska. In the end you pan for gold which ends up being a time where they are trying to sell you jewelry etc. for your new found gold.

You also get a chance to see the Alaska Pipelie up close and personal - also interesting.

This is a very low-key attraction so a nice break in high-energy excursions. But I wouldn't have done this if it wasn't already included in our cruise-tour package.

Visited May 2013
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Mounds, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013

Drove out to see this dredge just to see what it looked like was very impressed on how big this thing was. The panning for gold was a treet found $40 worth of gold

Visited July 2012
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Fun way to hit "pay dirt"”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

We really enjoyed this tour. Train ride provided historical information and demonstrations of gold mining. We got to pan a bag (extras for $10) and my husband and I found $22 worth of gold, which seemed average. They sold inexpensive jewelry to put the gold in for a keepsake. Complimentary hot chocolate & chocolate chip cookies. Very friendly crew! Great for all ages.

Visited May 2013
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Fairbanks, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

A little touch of the mining industry Enjoyed the tour even though I am fairbanksan Thoroughly enjoyed tour--gold panning was fun--challenging--little gold dust. Get to keep panned gold. Enjoyed by young and elderly. Train ride into mining area. Earl Hughes narrated tour

Visited August 2012
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