ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Free Things To Do In Fairbanks, Alaska

Updated on November 28, 2015

How to Find Free Attractions

  • Ask your hotel clerk for ideas
  • Research and plan before you go
  • Many hotels have brochures for local attractions, many of these are free
  • Visit www.explorefairbanks.com for more attractions

Find More Free Things to Do with the Best Fairbanks Travel Guide:

Visit Alaska on a Budget

On a budget? There are many free activities to see and do during your stay in Fairbanks that the whole family can enjoy. From museums and cultural centers, to things you can only see in Alaska, there are a lot of things to do while in Fairbanks that should be on everyone's must-see list. And best of all, they're free!

My advice to finding free attractions is to talk to your hotel clerk. see what attractions they recommend. It's their job to make their guests' stay in Fairbanks a memorable one. Don't be afraid to ask!

I've recommended a couple of attractions here, but there are plenty of free things to do in Fairbanks. It does require a little footwork on your part to find these free nuggets of fun, but it's well worth the effort.


Call your family when you're at the antler arch and wave for the webcam!
Call your family when you're at the antler arch and wave for the webcam! | Source

Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center

The Morris Thompson Visitor Center was an unexpected stop during my stay in Fairbanks. When you're short on time in a city, it always pays to ask locals what they recommend is best to visit. We learned of the visitor center from the front desk clerk of our hotel.

The visitor center has several different exhibits about life in the Alaskan Interior. There was an exhibit about the Native American culture in Alaska, as well as Alaskan life in general. There is also a theater where various films are shown. The day I was there, the film was about Alaskan wildlife.

Check the schedule for the visitor center. There are different activities the community hosts nearly everyday. Our schedule did not allow for us to stay and watch any demonstrations, so I can't judge the quality of them.

One of my favorite parts of this museum is actually outside where there is an antler arch that makes a great photo opportunity. Make sure to call your friends back home, it is monitored 24 hours a day by a webcam. Stand and wave so they can see you in Fairbanks!

The Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center is located on Dunkel Street. It's open seven days a week, 365 days a year, and admission is free.

It's All Free!

The first car that arrived in Fairbanks, Alaska
The first car that arrived in Fairbanks, Alaska | Source
Rotary phones are in museums now!
Rotary phones are in museums now! | Source
Alaskan flowers planted on a street inside Pioneer Park
Alaskan flowers planted on a street inside Pioneer Park | Source

Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park is actually made up of a group of different attractions. It has several museums, restaurants, shops, art galleries, and shows. It's really diverse and there's something there for everyone in the family.

I came a little late in the summer season, the beginning of September. Unfortunately, a lot of the attractions inside Pioneer Park were closed, but there were still a lot of things I was able to see.

Luckily, I was able to take a tour of the Pioneer Museum. It is full of artifacts that have been donated by descendants of Fairbanks' founding families. Pioneer Museum is also home to to the first automobile that arrived in Fairbanks.

It's somewhat interactive as well. There are different artifacts that can be handled. It's hard to believe that they're actually museum pieces now, but the teens in our group had a ball playing with rotary phones. They'd never seen one before!

During my trip to Alaska, I noticed that everyone plants flowers. It must have something to do with the long, Alaskan winter. There are colorful flowers planted everywhere. If you enjoy flowers, Pioneer Park has an abundance of them. They are huge.

Pioneer Park is located on Airport Way. The park is open year round, however some attractions inside the park are only open during the summer season. (May through September)

There's So Much To See!

You can relax in one of Fairbanks' many public parks, visit the Alaska Pipeline, or more in addition to the places I've listed here. If you look hard enough, there are plenty of free attractions to see while in Fairbanks. Do a little research, plan before you leave for your trip, and you'll have no problem staying inside your vacation budget. Free is good!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)