The 10 Best Things to do Good for a Rainy Day in Fairbanks, Alaska (AK)

August 23, 2021 Janette Largent

Its far north location means Fairbanks gets the midnight sun in the summer and the northern lights during Aurora Season (August to April). These wonders define the city, along with winter activities, the gold rush past, Alaska Native heritage, a vibrant arts scene and “golden heart” hospitality. Enjoy dog mushing, panning for gold, floating the Chena River or visiting a museum. Add a nearby trip to a hot springs, Denali, the Arctic or the Interior. Fairbanks is the gateway to discovering Alaska.
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1. Fairbanks Drama Association and Children’s Theatre

1852 2nd Ave Riverfront Theatre, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4030 +1 907-451-4378 http://www.fairbanksdrama.org/
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5.0 based on 9 reviews

The main stage performing season consists of six productions between September and May, annually. Each production has a three-weekend run of performances for our community audiences. Additionally, each summer, we produce THE DRAMA PROJECT – a professional theatre training program for children and young people during June and August featuring a staff of professional theatre educators.

2. Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

212 Wedgewood Dr Wedgewood Resort, Fairbanks, AK 99701-1728 +1 907-450-2100 [email protected] http://www.fountainheadmuseum.com/
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Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

WE ARE OPEN for visitors and are adhering to all CDC and state-guided mandates. As a precaution: • practice proper physical-distancing • use of face-coverings is required to visit the museum. *** About the Fountainhead Auto Museum: This unexpected gem at Wedgewood Resort features a remarkable collection of antique cars and historic fashions, plus entertaining displays on Alaska motoring history. The museum's automobile collection features over 100 American-made vehicles, including beautifully restored horseless carriages, nickel touring cars, rakish speedster, elegant classics, and early racecars. From rare marquees like Compound and Argonne to well-known names like Packard and Stutz, visitors will be amazed at the beauty, innovation, and history of these rolling masterpieces. All but a few of the automobiles are driven each summer, making this a true "living museum.

Reviewed By Ajmunoz

My husband and I visited and while we first thought it was a fairly small place we were very much surprised! We loved looking at the beautiful cars and as a bonus the fashion display was just as beautiful! We spent nearly three hours in the museum and the curator was there to answer any questions or further the knowledge on any of the cars! Would definitely recommend:)

535 2nd Ave Suite 102, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4769 +1 907-455-4070 [email protected] http://www.2streetgallery.com/
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Two Street Gallery LLC

Two Street Gallery in the center of downtown Fairbanks is a fine art gallery; featuring artwork of more than 20 local artists. Watercolors, pottery, sculpture, print-making, jewelry, silversmithing, Giclee prints, fabric art, and photography highlighting the Aurora is a sampling of what you will find on your visit to the Gallery. There is always an artist on duty to answer your questions. Shipping available.

Reviewed By hatw160 - Orlando, United States

This is a wonderful gallery owned by only local Alaskan artists. There are very unique and beautiful pieces of work, from oil paintings, pottery, handmade jewelry, carved mammoth tooth, etc. This gallery has things you can not find anywhere else.

4. Gold Daughters Alaska

1671 Steese Highway, Fairbanks, AK 99712 +1 907-347-4749 [email protected] http://golddaughters.com
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Gold Daughters Alaska

Open Daily 10am-6pm Mid May - Mid September Jordan and Ilaura, the Gold Daughters, grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska where they started prospecting for gold as soon as they could hold a gold pan. They opened their women owned and operated business after graduating college out of state and deciding they wanted to go back home to work together and share the childhood hobby that shaped their lives. First time visitors to Alaska, as well as locals, are invited to the unforgettable experience waiting to be discovered at Gold Daughters. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will guide you through the best gold panning in Alaska, and it all starts with a panning lesson. Once you are confident with your technique and have graduated from a Cheechako to a Sourdough, you are welcome to pan until you’re rich, tired or we’re closed (whichever comes first). Unlimited gold panning, guaranteed gold, no reservation required! Shop the Alaskan sourced gift shop, learn a new skill and catch gold fever!

Reviewed By RobertK21122 - Pasadena, United States

Took a cruise and land trip to Alaska, once in a lifetime trip. Had some free time in Fairbanks and my father and I decided to do a little gold panning. Ended up spending a few hours there, had the few gold flakes put into a locket (they sell there) great souvenir! Across the road is a visiting spot for the Alaska pipeline and walked there and took a few pictures. Perfect for families, covered picnic tables so you are covered rain or shine.

5. Noel Wien Public Library

1215 Cowles St, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4313 +1 907-459-1020 http://fnsblibrary.org/
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Noel Wien Public Library

6. Hoarfrost Distilling

3501 Lathrop St Suite F, Fairbanks, AK 99701-7458 +1 907-460-7918 [email protected] http://hoarfrost.vodka/
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Hoarfrost Distilling

Hoarfrost Distilling makes world class vodka in Fairbanks, AK using barley and pure Alaskan water. Come visit our tasting room and take a tour of our distillery. The tasting room is open: Monday-Thursday 4-8 Friday 3-8 Saturday 4-8 We serve a variety of vodka cocktails and sell bottles to go. Because of our production schedule we are on site from 9:00 AM on each weekday, and are happy to serve anyone who comes by. Tasting tours available- best to call to make arrangements. 21 and older, or accompanied by an adult guardian.

Reviewed By ellaw2015 - Fairbanks, United States

Such a wonderful place to meet and chat with friends and enjoy the ABSOLUTE BEST VODKA! I love the continued variations of the drinks being made at Hoarfrost. The infusions they make are wonderful. They take great care in making their infusions! It is a No Wonder they are World Class!! Bravo Hoarfrost for finally bringing the world THE BEST VODKA EVER!! The Bunny Chow drink is the absolute best drink I have ever had, they make it with Orange Liqueur that they have made, a vanilla lime vodka infusion and fresh juiced carrots. Don't miss this one! I have been a regular customer since the day they opened. I visit the tasting room weekly, sometime 2-3 times a week. All kinds of events go on here, from Yoga to First Friday Art Shows. The masters behind this creation Toivo and Natalya are the sweetest couple ever, dedicated to bringing you the World Class Vodka "Hoarfrost Vodka". Don't forget to schedule your tour of the special process in which they make this Vodka.

7. Arctic Sun Virtual Reality

1800 Airport Way Suite C, Fairbanks, AK 99701 +1 907-456-2787 [email protected] http://www.arcticsunvr.com
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Arctic Sun Virtual Reality

Arctic Sun Virtual Reality is Alaska's first virtual reality arcade and premier gaming destination. Experience the thrill of the HTC Vive as you are immersed in another world where the possibilities are infinite and boundless adventure is just within your reach. ASVR introduces the groundbreaking technology that is Virtual Reality, allowing people of all ages to experience first hand the next frontier in gaming and computer technology.

Reviewed By ileaz2018

You need to go here!!!! From a 5 year old to adults is a lot of fun!! We’re definitely going back!!!

315 Plymouth Street Suite 22M, Fairbanks, AK 99709-4901 +1 907-479-7001 [email protected] http://www.bishopsjewelry.com
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Bishops Jewelry Gallery

Reviewed By Akcward

If your looking for Alaska nugget jewelry they have a great variety. Fun to browse. Always great customer service.

9. The Folk School

2300 Airport Way Cabin 66, Fairbanks, AK 99701 +1 907-457-1219 [email protected] http://thefolkschoolfairbanks.org
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The Folk School

The Folk School of Fairbanks offers year-round, affordable classes and programs in a wide variety of hands-on disciplines for adults and youth, teaching traditional skills using natural materials. We are part of a 200-year-old tradition of folk schools but with a uniquely Alaskan focus. We emphasize life-long learning, and to help students reconnect with the earth.

Reviewed By bonontherun - Fairbanks, United States

Love The Folk School! Classes come in a wide variety from experiences that can be enjoyed in a couple of hours to more in-depth workshops. I loved the Spinning in Color workshop and learned so much I can continue to explore on my own! It's a treat to just stop in at the cabin to browse the library or purchase gifts. So many reasons to visit and participate in classes - I'll definitely be back.

10. Gold Dredge 8

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Gold Dredge 8

SEASONAL BUSINESS open May 29, 2021 to September 6, 2021. One tour daily, departing at 10:00AM. Please call ahead to make reservations. 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.

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