101 Summer Fun Things to Do in Fairbanks

 

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101 Summer Fun Things To Do In Fairbanks

 

  • Make the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center (MTCVC) your first stop to planning your summer adventure.
  • Cuddle with big, friendly huskies while talking with a musher.
  • Find out about historic Fairbanks and its gold rush history in Pioneer Park.
  • Venture above the Arctic Circle.
  • Take a trip south on a railcar.
  • Find the nearest geocache location.
  • Pack a basket and have a picnic in a park.
  • Find and take a swing on every playground in town.
  • See what grows in a botanical garden.
  • Rent a canoe, kayak or bicycle.
  • Create your own art in a craft class.
  • Take a ride on the Chena River via a sternwheeler.
  • Discover downtown on foot or wheels.
  • Pedal your way around Farmers Loop.
  • Visit with Santa and tell him if you’ve been naughty or nice this year.
  • See giant burl animals along the Richardson Highway.
  • Life jacket up and go boating.
  • Take a stroll through a wildlife refuge.
  • Learn about what winter has to offer.
  • Eat grub that you grew yourself.
  • Curl up with a book from the library.
  • Pick up a putter and play a round of mini golf.
  • Share your travels in the explorefairbanks.com photo contest.
  • Stay up all night and celebrate summer solstice under the midnight sun.
  • Have an adventure in a national or state park.
  • Cast a line and catch a fish.
  • Watch the boys of summer play without artificial lighting.
  • Lace up your sneakers and learn how to play tennis.
  • Slather on the sunscreen and hit the beach at Chena Lakes.
  • Soak in a natural mineral hot springs.
  • Set up camp in a local campground.
  • Take a flightseeing tour above the Arctic Circle.
  • Participate in a run or walk for charity.
  • Find and explore nearby walking and hiking trails.
  • Take a ride on a historic narrow gauge train.
  • Visit with an Alaska Native artist at the Morris Thompson Center.
  • Chill out and hang with the ice sculptures.
  • Take in a play, concert or performance.
  • Swing your clubs and tee off at midnight.
  • Have your photo taken under the Antler Arch.
  • Visit and learn about America’s Arctic University.
  • Spend some time with muskox or reindeer.
  • Watch free films on Alaska’s history, nature and culture at the MTCVC.
  • Walk the shores of the Arctic Ocean.
  • Take the family out berry picking and make your own jams and jellies.
  • Visit the pipeline and learn what a “PIG” has to do with it.
  • Take a driving tour of Fairbanks.
  • Visit a historic roadhouse.
  • Tie your shoes and bowl a few frames.
  • Grab your pin or garter and avoid being arrested.
  • Celebrate “Salmonchanted Evening” with a season pass to the state fair.
  • Camp for the night in a public-use cabin.
  • Shop for local produce at a farmers or open air market.
  • Make another man’s trash your treasure at a garage or yard sale.
  • Take a step back in history and marvel at antique cars.
  • Soak up the sun while dining on a waterfront deck.
  • Check out the exhibits at the Morris Thompson Center.
  • Set up a net and spike your way to victory.
  • Rent an RV and travel the “Adventure Corridor.”
  • Take a class in improv, accordion playing or creative writing.
  • See or walk in the largest parade in Alaska.
  • Visit local monuments and statues.
  • Try your hand at gold panning.
  • Take a spin on a carousel.
  • Celebrate America’s birthday with food, family and friends.
  • Get your binoculars out and search for Alaskan wildlife and birds.
  • Head south and view “the Great One.”
  • Dine on fresh Alaskan seafood.
  • Cheer on your rubber duckie as he tries to win the race.
  • Make vacation plans on a seasonal air carrier.
  • Get started on your holiday shopping.
  • Gather your friends to have a BBQ and roast marshmallows.
  • Get your hands dirty and plant flowers.
  • Take to a lake or river on a jet ski or boat.
  • Take a drive north along the Dalton Highway.
  • Grab a partner and take a class in ballroom or square dancing.
  • Let your dog play at a park made just for them.
  • Fashion yourself a raft out of duct tape.
  • Sample a variety of locally-brewed beverages.
  • View art of all kinds at monthly First Friday events.
  • Learn about traditional Alaska Native sports.
  • Grab a water bottle and sample fresh spring water.
  • Try a different kind of golf…with a disc.
  • Paddle with the guides on a whitewater excursion.
  • Learn how gold nuggets are fashioned into jewelry.
  • Sample cuisine from around the world.
  • Let your kids have all the fun at summer camp.
  • See what’s on display at a museum.
  • Visit a local art gallery and talk with an artist.
  • Learn about Alaska’s aviation history.
  • Cool off with ice cream or shaved ice.
  • Lace up your cleats and take a swing at a softball field.
  • Take a stroll along the riverwalk.
  • Celebrate the return of the cranes to Creamer’s Field.
  • Learn how a tree is turned into a wood bowl.
  • Relive winter by watching a show about the northern lights.
  • Kick around a ball on a soccer field.
  • Volunteer your time to a worthy cause.
  •  Arrange for an overnight getaway at a hotel or B&B.
  • Have your photo taken in traditional Athabascan clothing at the Morris Thompson Center.
  • Learn more about what to do in Fairbanks at explorefairbanks.com.