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Fairbanks Area Attractions

Since we are only 2 hours away from Fairbanks, a lot of our guests make it their day trip. There is so much to see and do. With the long summer days, you will have plenty of time to see the sights and be back here to lay your head and sleep.

Here are the number of daylight hours for each month of the year: Jan 4:00, Feb 6:55, Mar 10:07, Apr 13:35, May 17:01, Jun 20:33, Jul 21:25, Aug 18:11, Sep14:39, Oct 11:19, Nov 7:51, Dec 4:43

As you can see May-Jun-Jul-Aug have between 15-21 hours of daylight. It makes one feel as if they have an extended vacation. June & July have over 20 hours of "midnight sun."There are so many things to do in Denali. Visit some Alaskan mushing dog, see antique cars, browse through some truly unique museums and visitors centers.

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Large Animal Research Station

Guided, outdoor walking tours are provided at regularly scheduled times between Memorial Day and Labor Day each summer. Naturalist tour guides enjoy sharing their backgrounds and expertise in the natural history of the farm's animals.

Muskox are a true arctic species, living in the far north year round. Their thick layer of underwool, or qiviut, keeps them warm in the harsh cold of winter. Qiviut is softer than cashmere. It is harvested at LARS each spring and sold to be spun into yarn for knitting. Proceeds of these sales are returned to the farm for the care of the animals and the improvement of the facilities. Caribou and reindeer are closely related.

Caribou are the wild version of the species native to North America. There are about four million caribous on the continent of North America. Reindeer are the domesticated version of the species.

Summer tours for the 2013 season are offered: Summer tours for the 2014 season are offered:
Tuesdays - Saturdays, June 3 - Aug. 30
Starting at: 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Cost: $10/adults, $9 military and seniors (>65), $6 students, 5 and under free
Gates and picnic area open from 9:30-4:00 daily during the season.

Tours meet at the front entrance of the farm, located at 2220 Yankovich Rd., behind the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. The UAF campus shuttle runs to the farm before and after tours from the Museum of the North. Parking is limited on site. If you choose to park on the UAF campus, the UAF Shuttle will pick up guests at the UAF Woodcenter and bring them to LARS at 9:40 am, 11:40 am, & 1:40 pm on tour days.

Call 474-5724 to schedule large groups.


Alaska Pipeline Visitors Center

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Alaska and it's FREE. The Alaska Pipeline was built by a consortium of seven oil companies. The pipe is 4 feet in diameter in a zig-zag configuration and 800 miles in length From Valdez to Prudhoe Bay. At any one moment, there are about 9 million barrels of oil in the line. It took 3 yrs and 2 mo. to construct.

Alaskaland-Pioneer Park

One could easily spend a day trip here! A historic theme park. Arts In The Park: Bear Gallery, Gazebo Nights (June-August), TIPS Attractions: Alaska Outdoor Rentals & Guides, Bear Gallery, Big Stampede Show, Crooked Creek Railroad, Mini-Golf Fairbanks, Red & Roela's Carousel, Square Dance Hall, The Palace Theater Museums: Alaska Native Museum, Kitty Hensley House, Pioneer Air Museum, Pioneer Museum, Riverboat Nenana, Tanana Valley Railroad Museum, Wickersham House. Restaurants: Alaskan Salmon Bake, Bulgolgi House, Frosty Paws, Gold Rush Ice Cream, Parlour Souvlaki, The Bag Ladies of Fairbanks Shops: Betsy's Photography, Bush Babies, Bush Babies Too, CHARMS by CJ-Fairbanks Arts Association, Just Originals Park Office Hours Year-Round Monday thru Friday 8am-12pm & 1pm-5pm

Alaskan Tails of the Trail Tour

Mary Shields, dog musher and the 1st woman to win the Iditarod race in 1974. The Iditarod's path spans from Anchorage to Nome, some 1,100 miles. Here you can visit her Alaskan Huskies, her mushing dogs. Take a 2-hour tour with starting times of 10A-2P and 7:30P. Make sure to reserve your spot; it's on a first come first serve basis and group size is limited. Prices: Adult $35.00 and Children under 12 $25.00.

Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge

Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge is a 2,000-acre refuge on the site of the historic Creamer's Dairy in Fairbanks, Alaska. The refuge has miles of multi-use trails that are open year round, and it is an excellent location for bird watching and wildlife viewing. Longest trail 2 miles. The Farmhouse Visitor Center is open daily in the summer from 10 - 5 and on Saturdays in the winter from Noon - 4. This activity is FREE. Winter is Sat. only and the visitor center is not open in the winter, but you can walk the trails.

Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

This 1.5 hours guided tour called Vintage Treads & Threads takes you over 30,000 sq ft of vintage cars and clothes. Guys, if you like Vintage cars, you will see 55 American-made, antique automobiles. Ladies, they've paired vintage dresses alongside the cars; so you will enjoy it too. It is fee-based but well worth the cost and visit. Ages 13 and above: $8. Ages 3-12 $5. 2 and under FREE. Summer Hours - (Summer Hours begin Mid-May 2013) Sun - Fri: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Winter Hours - Sundays only: Noon to 6 p.m.

Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center

Opened in September 2009, their exhibits at Morris Thompson cultural and visitors center Denali touch of wilderness are getting rave review and comments from visitors. When you go, you will get to experience how we live. Three life-sized dioramas. A display of a fish camp and a stunning view of Nuchalawoyya—the place where the Yukon and Tanana rivers meet. A grizzly digs for ground squirrels and a hunting camp shows the connection we have with the land. Visitors view the winter diorama from inside the warmth of a public use cabin. Outside, northern lights dance across the sky, while a moose peers through the window. Finish off your experience in the Elder’s hall where you can learn about the Athabascan culture and view historic and contemporary art and tools. They are walking distance from downtown Fairbanks; they offer a theater, video nook, computer access (to check your emails), public phones, and lockers if you want to keep your stuff till you come back from your walk downtown. It's an interactive experience. Open 7 Days A Week Year-Round Winter: 8am-5pm Summer: 8am-9pm and it is FREE.

Running Reindeer Ranch

There you will learn about the natural history of the forest as well as the reindeer themselves. Bring your cameras and expect the unexpected! By appointment only; a guided nature walk in the boreal forest. $35/person, $20/children 3-12, under 3 free. All children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Two-person or $70 minimum.

The Aurora Ice Museum

Fairbanks is the capital of ice art in the world and home to the World Ice Art Championships. The Ice Hotel. Well, talk about FUN. Over 10,000 visitors tour it each summer. It was the first of its kind in the United States and one of just a handful worldwide. Do you want to be mesmerized? It features 15 times World Ice Art Champion Steve Brice and his wife, Heather, a six-time World Ice Art Champion as most of the features sculpted. Get a taste at Google Images and see for yourself. Daily tours 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p, and 9p (9p not available year-round). Adults $15 (ages 18 +) Youth $7.50 (ages 6-17) and Kids are FREE (ages 5 and under)

University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum of the North

Make this day trip one of education. They offer a lot of exhibits where you will learn about the history and culture of Alaska. Sept 1 through May 31 Hours for the winter season: Monday - Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM Sunday: Closed Admission $10 general admission $9 senior (60+) $5 youth (7-17) Movie Ticket: $5 / Audio Guide: $4
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