Founded over 100 years ago, Chena Hot Springs is the most developed hot springs destination in Alaska, world-famous for its legendary healing mineral waters, its beautiful Aurora Borealis displays in the winter, and the Aurora Ice Museum - a year-round geothermal technology wonder. Enjoy a drink at the ice bar and relax in the waters of the springs, hot tub or pool.
Pioneer Park was formed in 1960 out of land donated by the state of Alaska. Since then, the park has hosted an assortment of festivals and events emphasizing the cultural and historical legacy of the state.
The Georgeson Botanical Garden (GBG) is a nationally recognized botanical garden and a member of a national network of educational and research institutions dedicated to plant culture and conservation. It is designed to allow the public to learn about plant culture in the far north. The GBG is one of five botanical gardens in the nation to be a satellite test garden for the International Hardy Fern Foundation.
Operating in historic Pioneer Park for over 37 years, the Alaska Salmon Bake offers an authentic Alaskan dining experience in a truly unique environment. Featuring a nightly All-You-Care-to-Eat menu of Wood Grilled Salmon, Beer Battered Cod, and Slow Roasted Prime Rib, we are known for wild Alaskan seafood and flavorful family recipes. The Palace Theatre is located in Gold Rush Town in Pioneer Park, Alaska's only Historic Theme Park, just a short walk from the Alaska Salmon Bake.
Explore Alaska's gold mining history and find your own gold - they guarantee it! Ride a replica of the narrow-gauge Tanana Valley Railroad into the rugged Alaskan interior. First, stop for a close-up view of the Trans Alaska Pipeline, a marvel of modern engineering. Then ride out to Gold Dredge 8, now a historic monument. Along the way, your conductor will tell about the thousands of prospectors who flocked here to strike it rich during the gold rush. See a real sluice box demonstration, learn about the miners who built Fairbanks, and try your hand at panning for gold - the tour operators guarantee that ever visitor will find some, which you can weigh at the end of the two-hour tour.
The Alaska Public Lands Information Center allows visitors to stop by or write to just one spot for all the information needed to plan an Alaskan adventure, while also educating people about Alaska's public lands, people, natural resources and recreational opportunities.
The intriguing architecture of this angular museum is a point of interest in itself, but the art and artifacts that adorn its halls are the real draw. Covering everything Alaska, the University of Alaska Museum of the North houses 1.4-million plant, animal and Alaskan Native artifacts. Perhaps the most intriguing specimen is the 36,000-year-old mummified steppe bison on display in the Gallery of Alaska.
A piece of history sails daily on the Chena and Tanana Rivers. The Riverboat Discovery, a four-deck paddleboat, steams past a number of Alaska attractions, including a bush plane runway and the home and training grounds of a four-time Iditarod winner. To top it all off, the boat makes port at Chena Indian Village, a Native Alaskan settlement.
Locals refer to the Large Animal Research Station by their acronym LARS or as the "muskox farm" but the official title is the Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station. LARS is managed by the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to provide a unique facility for research and education that focuses on ungulates from the subarctic and arctic. Visitors of all ages can safely observe some of our animals on a summer tour and talk to one our guides about the biology of life in the north.
Big Daddy's BBQ serves classic BBQ in Fairbanks. The patrons especially recommend the brisket and chicken buffet.
The Chowder House has a cozy atmosphere and is well known for excellent service. Their menu is diverse and make sure to try the desserts!
For fine dining with a fantastic view of the Chena River, try the famous Pike's Landing. The restaurant offers traditional Alaska fish and seafood specialties. Try the great appetizers and wines and enjoy the dessert tray at the end of your meal.
Located in Fox, just 10 miles outside of Fairbanks, The Turtle Club specializes in prime rib, seafood, fine wine, and friendly service, all within a rustic Alaskan atmosphere. It's worth a trip from Fairbanks for the enjoyable dining experience.
The Thai House restaurant serves Thai food and is located within the downtown Fairbanks district.
Situated right on the Chena River, the Edgewater Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy the Chef's signature offerings in an elegant atmosphere.
Enjoy fine dining in an historic atmosphere overlooking the Chena River in Fairbanks, Alaska. They offer prime aged beef, Alaska seafood and a premium wine list and micro brews. And don't forget the spectacular Sunday Brunch - on the deck or in the dining room.
The Cookie Jar opens in the morning with a breakfast menu of fresh baked goods, whole bean coffee and espresso. Offering a home cooked fare from omelets to skillets, home fried potatoes or hashbrowns, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, thick sliced homemade bread, muffins and more. Breakfast is served all day. Their lunch menu is varied. Offering pastas, salads, three homemade soups daily, sandwiches on beautiful homemade bread, burgers, prime rib sandwiches on hoagies. Dinner adds additional features to the lunch menu such as steaks, seafood, pasta dishes and sauces.
Lavelle's offers clean, classy and comfortable fine dining in downtown Fairbanks. The food and the selection of fine wines cannot be beat.
Enjoy a meal at Gambardella's Pasta Bella, serving Fairbanks since 1987.
More than ever, Chena River State Recreation Area is a park for all seasons. With 397 square miles of forests, rivers, and alpine tundra, the recreation area has something to offer everyone. Recreation and activities draw more than 150,000 people to the Chena River State Recreation Area every year.