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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!

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