What to do and see in North Pole, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 26, 2017 Layne Dawes

North Pole is a small city in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, United States. It is part of the Fairbanks, Alaska metropolitan statistical area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 2,117.
Restaurants in North Pole

1. Santa Claus House

101 Saint Nicholas Dr, North Pole, AK 99705-7695 +1 800-588-4078
Excellent
38%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
5%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 729 reviews

Santa Claus House

Reviewed By Sterling E - Honolulu, Hawaii

After visiting Santa Clause Village in Rovaniemi, Finland the previous Winter break, I was expecting to feel the same excitement and happiness when meeting Santa here in the North Pole, AK. Unfortunately, the Santa I met here did not sound or act like the Santa I was expecting. He seemed more into publicity and was more into talking rather than listening.

Maybe Santa was having a bad day so I forgive him.

Also, there is no Wifi here!!!

3375 Badger Rd, Suite #4, North Pole, AK 99705-6133
Excellent
93%
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5 based on 13 reviews

Sean Kurdziolek Portraits and Gallery

Photographer Sean Kurdziolek specializes in Northern Lights photography capturing portraits under the Aurora! This is a rare opportunity to capture something incredibly special and unique. Book a session today and go home with an exquisite memory to hang on your wall. Sean Kurdziolek Photography is a family run business. Sean, Amanda, and their children live in beautiful North Pole, Alaska. They enjoy the winters that Alaska have to offer the most. The snow that falls and glistens in the sunlight, the sunrise and sunset within moments of each other, the people, the cold and all the winter activities that the Last Frontier have to offer. The Aurora Borealis is their favorite of all that this region has to offer. It is never the same Aurora. It is a spectacular phenomenon that brings out the best in people and they are so happy to help others experience this and capture a priceless moment to hang in their home for generations to enjoy.

Reviewed By crystalalvear - Leesville, Louisiana

Sean and Amanda are absolutely incredible! They make the perfect team and make sure your experience is nothing short of unforgettable. We are so grateful of the opportunity to have our Aurora Portraits taken by Sean! I can't wait to hang our amazing wall art...MoreThank you for the kind words Crystal.

3. Chena Lake Recreation Area

Laurance Rd, 3.5 miles to entrance from junction of Mistletoe Dr., North Pole, AK
Excellent
73%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
11%
Terrible
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Chena Lake Recreation Area

Reviewed By rook289 - Fairbanks Alaska

A nice place for locals, but unless you are just looking for a good place to have a picnic I would not call this a tourist destination. It is a small man made lake with a playground and canoe rental.

4. Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center

101 Dunkel St, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4806 +1 907-459-3700
Excellent
73%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center

Your 1st stop for visitor information. Enjoy Alaska Native art, music, stories and dance. Free world-class exhibits that tell the story of life in Interior Alaska. Wave to family around the world on our Antler Arch webcam. Free films, WiFi, parking.

Reviewed By Jan M - Crescent City, California

What a beautiful cultural and visitor center. We spent a long morning here and enjoyed every minute of it. Often we tire of museum-type environments after just an hour, but this one was very engaging, kept us moving, and offered variety. We came away knowing more and feeling happy about the process of learning.

5. The Screaming Weasel Gift Shop

2255 Peridot St, North Pole, AK 99705-6114 +1 907-385-0312
Excellent
44%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
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Terrible
15%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

The Screaming Weasel Gift Shop

Reviewed By Sarah V - Anchorage, Alaska

As the name implies, The Screaming Weasel is definitely unique. After doing a double-take on the highway, my husband and I decided to turn around and check this place out... TSW is filled to the brim with locally made items and the owner is a sweetheart. She made us feel quite welcome and had some fun facts to share. Although most of the gifts here were not anything I'd personally buy (they were either too kitschy or weird), it was a fun place to stretch our legs after a long day of driving.

6. Zip Zaps Laser Tag

3121 Badger Rd, North Pole, AK 99705-6118 +1 907-490-6808
Excellent
16%
Good
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Satisfactory
16%
Poor
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Terrible
16%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 6 reviews

Zip Zaps Laser Tag

Reviewed By Bryan W - North Pole, United States

You can have fun here at Zip Zaps for about $100; that will get you 20 rounds I believe which is plenty of play time but kind of expensive. The equipment needs to go through a more rigorous repair/replace process, some suit gear works better than others creating a disadvantage in the play room. Some gear is just busted up and needs to be replaced but ultimately a whole new set up of more modern ware should be purchased. Their suits are quit old and bulky... The play room or "Battle Room" has been in the same arrangement since the place opened, you would think by now they would have come up with a different arrangement for the players. So as I said...needs upgrades.

7. Ice Art Championships and George Horner Park

470 Ethel Stoneman Blvd, Fairbanks, AK
Excellent
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Good
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5 based on 82 reviews

Ice Art Championships and George Horner Park

Reviewed By Victor N M

Seeing the ice carvings all of these artist from around the world created is amazing. Defintely worth taking the drive in the winter to see this. They light it up at night with colorful lights, so plan on seeing it during the day and in the evening again as it is a whole different experience at night. Dress warm as it gets below zero and will not be fun if you are not properly dressed. They do have a warming building that is wonderful to warm up in.

8. The Aurora Chasers

1236 Chevak Ct, Fairbanks, AK 99701-1428
Excellent
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5 based on 269 reviews

The Aurora Chasers

Witnessing Alaska's Northern Lights is an incredible and often once-in-a-lifetime experience. Make the most of it. Come along on an unforgettable journey with Alaska's Northern Lights Specialists, The Aurora Chasers™ as we teach you all you need to know about Alaska's Northern Lights and capturing their majestic beauty in your own captivating images. Do more than take a tour, take a life changing journey with the folks that live, breath and sleep the Northern Lights and come home with the amazing keepsake images that you'll treasure for a lifetime. The Aurora Chasers are Fairbanks original and best Northern Lights Photography Workshop Tour. Don't be fooled by the generic imitation tours that have tried to duplicate our services. Make sure you book with the authentic originals to get the quality tour experience you deserve. Be sure to visit our website for all the details and we'll see you under the magical night skies of Alaska!

Reviewed By likesnow - Haverhill, New Hampshire

The Murrays are both very knowledgeable about cameras of all types, and what the proper settings should be. More amazing is their ability to determine the weather in areas outside of Fairbanks where the cloud cover, and even snowstorms are not present. Ronn is also a wealth of knowledge when it comes to explaining the aurora and its formation, even explaining why red is more rare than green. They know where to go, and how to get excellent photos with the proper camera settings. They are professional and a class act. The only weak point is that their communication is not always as timely as it could be. This is especially true of the telephone. Email is better. The price is not cheap, but it is well worth the money for what you get. I will go back. If you go with them, be sure to book early, especially on weekends during the peak seasons.

9. Just Short of Magic

5157 Chena Hot Springs Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712-3502
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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5 based on 436 reviews

Just Short of Magic

We offer dog sled rides ranging from a half-hour to one-and-a-half hours. Tour the beautifully forested Alaskan winter trails on a dog sled or drive the team. Our Dog Mushing School offers customized dog mushing lessons. Sled rides or lessons can be combined with educational kennel tours. Learn about amazing canine athletes, mushing equipment, and what it means to be a musher.

Reviewed By Bernie M

It was such an awesome experience. The entire staff was friendly and knowledgeable. First thing was making sure we were suited up correctly. If not they had plenty of gear for us there just in case at no charge. After we were dressed appropriately we went outside to meet the dogs and our musher. You can tell the dogs really love to run and they couldn’t wait to get started. Our guide was Jameson who has been doing this for a while and bred all the dogs we ran with. Just an awesome experience would reccomend to everyone

10. Paws for Adventure

Herning Rd. and George Rd., Fairbanks, AK 99712
Excellent
97%
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5 based on 117 reviews

Paws for Adventure

Offering only the best in dogsledding adventure since 1998... Summer and Winter tours available. Join the Paws crew for your Experience-of-a-Lifetime! Join us this Fall (Sept.1 until the snow flies) for our Fall Dog Cart tour and let the crew take you on a Sleddog training run. This tour is a hands-on (your choice) introduction to mushing as well as a ride in our wheeled training cart (side-by-side ATV). AND , WE HAVE PUPPIES to snuggle! You may book this tour on our Paws for Adventure website or give a call with any questions and we'll be glad to talk with you. In Winter choose from a variety of tours with our professional mushers and their canine athletes: Short and Long Dogsled Rides, Mushing School and Multi-Day Adventures to Tolovana Roadhouse and other remote parts of Alaska - check this year's schedule for our latest offerings.

Reviewed By Deblynn A

The staff assisted me from my first phone call to getting this Southern girl's huge snow suit on and off. This is one of the only dog sledding companies which allowed one person to ride (I travel on my own so I appreciated not having...MoreThere shouldn't be a penalty for traveling solo...glad you enjoyed your time with us! We appreciate your taking the time to write about us.

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