We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Fairbanks, AK 99709
Phone Number:
+1 866-479-6673
07:00 - 18:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 07:00 - 18:00

More than just a boat ride! Board the Sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery for...

More than just a boat ride! Board the Sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery for one of the most unique Alaskan experiences available! This three-hour cruise will take you into the heart of Alaska and introduce you to a family who has made the rivers of Alaska a way of life for five generations. You will see a bush floatplane takeoff alongside the boat, visit the home and kennels of the late four-time Iditarod winner Susan Butcher and see her champion sled dogs in action. Be immersed into the ancient Athabascan Indian culture when our Alaskan Native Guides take you on a personalized tour of the Chena Indian Village.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,252 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 803
  • 318
    Very good
  • 72
  • 20
  • 12
Lunch and ferry

Wonderful lunch : long community tables with a healthy excellent lunch . Followed by ferry . Stopped and toured a bit and enjoyed the sites. A must do . See photos

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
via mobile

Similar Things to Do in Fairbanks

Add Photo Write a Review

1,252 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 1,225: English reviews
Fairbanks, Alaska
Level Contributor
15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Riverboat is popular if kitschy tourist attraction. Distance is limited since sand bars have blocked entry to larger Tanana River. On-board food is OK but not up to standards of many Fairbanks restaurants. But if you don't have a boat and/or don't want to paddle a rental canoe, you can enjoy the float.

Thank db43N
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Level Contributor
12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful lunch : long community tables with a healthy excellent lunch . Followed by ferry . Stopped and toured a bit and enjoyed the sites. A must do . See photos

Thank Susanbellav
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on the riverboat discovery with my parents who came for a visit last summer and it was a great experience. We had so much fun and it's totally worth it.

Thank SusiRuegland
Fairbanks, Alaska
Level Contributor
30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We lived in Fairbanks for 5 years & every time we had visitors in the summer I brought them here! I probably have done this 4-5 times - and loved it every time! It's a great sample of interior Alaska - very different from the inside passage that the cruise ships show you. They start with unlimited donuts when you... More 

1 Thank JeanneBramer
Fort Worth, Texas
Level Contributor
45 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

This was part of our Celebrity Cruse package and I"m glad it was. To get on board One has to go, of course, through a huge gift shop which turned out to be a fun experience in itself. The cruise is narrated as you sail so you always know what you are looking at. At a couple of stops the... More 

Thank BillNDianeW
Level Contributor
142 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

It was sometime ago that my husband and I went on this river cruise during one of our visits to Alaska from the UK but felt I wanted to comment after finding this on trip Advisor. It was a very enjoyable cruise, great commentary from the "Captain" and plenty to see along the river banks. The boat is large so... More 

Thank HotelinspectorSussex
Level Contributor
3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

We had excellent tour of the chena river on the riverboat. Had a decent meal at the wharf then boarded the boat. It's touristy but fun. Saw some sled dogs in action from the deck and visited replica of a Native village. It was a fun afternoon and the weather. Operated with temperatures in the high 70s F.

Thank Mark P
Spokane, Washington
Level Contributor
99 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

While on a Grey Line Tour of Inland Alaska our last several nights were spent in Fairbanks. We were booked on the Riverboat Discovery Excursion... This tour was so well organized and added another plus in our books for this particular trip. The Paddle Wheeler was bigger than we thought it took a huge number of people- I think it... More 

Thank Carol S
Level Contributor
46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Very nice half-day trip down the Chena river. The river boat is big and carries a lot of people, but this trip is organized very well so you do not miss anything. They have several "shows" during the trip - hydroplane take off and landing, dog kennels of four-time Iditarod champion Susan Butcher, Athabascan Indian Village. We enjoyed that trip... More 

Thank Vacati0nier
Grosse Pointe, Michigan, United States
Level Contributor
88 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

We really enjoyed this riverboat tour. We got to see a seaplane fly over and land, sled dogs, and a recreation of a native village, among other things. It was really a nice way to spend half a day.

Thank Patty F

Travellers who viewed Riverboat Discovery also viewed


Been to Riverboat Discovery? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Riverboat Discovery and other visitors
15 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (15)

Questions? Get answers from Riverboat Discovery staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?