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“Interesting adventure.”
Review of Gold Dredge 8

Gold Dredge 8
Ranked #9 of 52 Tours in Fairbanks
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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.
Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Interesting adventure.”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

Good history of Alyeska pipeline and the Gold Dredge. The different ways/forms of gold extraction. Really enjoyed learning the technique of panning for gold.
The gold jewelry we bought, the clasp broke before we arrived in Anchorage.

Visited June 2013
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Gainesville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Could be interesting, but too much of a tourist trap”
Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

First, I have to say that at $40 per person, you should be allowed to stay longer at the actual gold dredge site. Since there are hundreds of people there and the lines to get your gold weighed and/or turned into a necklace were super long. When the train arrived at the dredge, they didn't inform us of how long we would be there. Otherwise I wouldn't have spent so much time panning for gold, which was fun. But it took so long to get my gold weighed then put in a locket keepsake that I didn't have time to tour the actual dredge, which was a huge disappointment. The staff wouldn't let me on the dredge even though the train wasn't leaving for another 10 minutes. Overall even though the experience was fun and interesting, it was too crowded and overpriced. The tour company should allow more time at the dredge or limit groups to smaller numbers to reduce the long lines.

Visited May 2013
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Southcentral Pennsylvania
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Fabulous fun a la Disney in Alaska!”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

We were skeptical, but this is so well done, and so interesting and informative, that we were all won over by the enjoyment of seeing the Dredge and then panning for gold. Hugely enjoyable!!! The only caveat was waiting forever in the shop area, but even that was interesting and accompanied by fresh -- hot out of the oven! -- baked cookies and free coffee. Plus there's a Coke machine for $1!!! This was an unexpected highlight of our trip!

Visited May 2013
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New Jersey, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great way to spend a morning or afternoon”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

My sister, daughter and I took my two grandchildren to "pan for gold". The train ride and the entertainment was great as well as the narrator of the Dredge Site. It was very informative. We got to sit at a long table where we each were handed a pan and a small bag of dirt to learn how to pan for gold in water. The temp of the water was nice and warm, and the we all got some gold. Not enough to claim to be millionaires, but still it was exciting to find it at the bottom of the pan. My 3 year old grandson got $20 worth while I only got $6 worth. But the information and the time was fun. The free cookies and coffee were delicious, too. I do not think children under 5 will understand the education and the panning process but still all in all, it was a fun way to spend some time. Very expensive, though. It was $39.99 per and it that was just really way over the top for free cookies and $20 worth of gold.

Visited June 2013
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Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Informative and Fun”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

Visited with 2 kids (11 and 13) - everybody had alot of fun panning for gold. The tour begins with a short train ride to the dredge site. Along the way the train stops a few times to give information about gold digging and panning in "gold rush" Alaska. Once at the panning site, you are given a bag of poke to pour into your pan and taught how to correctly pan for gold. Everyone is guaranteed to find some gold in your pan - if only some small gold flakes. Unlimited hot chocolate and cookies are served and there is a large gift shop and a counter that weighs the gold you found. You can have that gold made into a "charm" if so desired, for an additional fee. Overall, it was a very well-run and organized experience. Everyone was friendly and well informed. One of the highlights of my kids visit to Alaska.

Visited June 2013
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