Explore Fairbanks Alaska ~ 101 Days of Summer

posted by Marlene Fogarty-Phillips - 

101 Days of Summer ~ Fairbanks Alaska

There's tons of fun under the midnight sun with Magic 101. 1 and Explore Fairbanks. Celebrate 101 days of summer ~ maybe it's bird watching at Creamer’s Field, taking a class at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, or camping under the midnight sun. With 101 options to choose from, you’ll find something you and your whole family will enjoy! Get started on your 101 Days of Summer List, thanks to Explore Fairbanks and our great local businesses!


  1. Make the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center your first stop to planning your summer adventure. www.morristhompsoncenter.org 
  2. Visit the UA Museum of the North to discover the state's culture, history and wildlife. www.uaf.edu/museum
  3. Awaken your inner artist with the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival's workshops and performances! www.fsaf.org 
  4. McCafferty’s – a cozy place to meet.  Sand Castle performs Friday & Saturday beginning at 8:30pm. www.mccaffertys.net 
  5. Visit Arctic Harvest’s farm distillery for a tour of the facility while sipping Alaska Grown spirits. www.akgrownspirits.com 
  6. Experience China with the special Children of Hangzhou exhibit at the Fairbanks Children's Museum. www.fairbankschildrensmuseum.com 
  7. Unlimited gold panning and guaranteed gold. Explore our mining museum and visit the gift shop! www.golddaughters.com 
  8. Fairbanks Airport Taxi & Shuttle, automotive lock-out service, and personalized Alaska vacation adventures available statewide. www.greatlandtaxiandtoursservice.com 
  9. Enjoy free performances every night June, July, and August at Gazebo Nights in Pioneer Park! www.fairbanksarts.org 
  10. Relax at Tanana Lakes with a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard rental from Alaska Dream Adventures.  www.alaskadreamadventures.com 
  11. Alaska-Wildlife-Guide LLC. One of a kind tour company to explore Alaska. www.alaska-wildlife-guide.com
  12.  Enjoy a variety of beautiful local artwork downtown at 2 Street Gallery in the Co-Op building. www.2streetgallery.com 
  13. Fish for Arctic Grayling with Alaska Wilderness Enterprises, Alaska's premier fishing outfitter since 1982. www.wildernessenterprises.com 
  14. Visit Fountainhead Antique auto museum; experience our world class collection of automobiles and vintage fashion. www.fountainheadmuseum.com 
  15. Free canoe/kayak for progressive dinner to five top riverfront restaurants for each stay at Fairbanks Extended Stays. www.fairbanksextendedstays.com 
  16. Enjoy a meal at the Cookie Jar Restaurant. A locals favorite, 32 years, micro bakery, breakfast, lunch, dinner ~ family owned & operated ~ Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives! www.cookiejarfairbanks.com
  17. Spend some time on a lake or river on a jet ski, boat or paddleboard. 
  18. Stop and smell the flowers in a botanical garden. 
  19. Kick a ball around on a soccer field. 
  20. Cast a line and catch a fish. (Don’t forget your fishing license!) 
  21. Discover what downtown Fairbanks has to offer. 
  22. Dine on fresh Alaskan seafood. 
  23. Share your travels on social media using #explorefairbanks. 
  24. Take a ride on a historic narrow gauge train. 
  25. Hit the beach at Chena or Tanana Lakes after slathering on your sunscreen. 
  26. Let your kids have all the fun at summer camp. 
  27. Watch gold nuggets be fashioned into jewelry. 
  28. Spend some time with muskox or reindeer. 
  29. Make another man’s trash your treasure at a garage or yard sale. 
  30. Lace up your sneakers and learn how to play tennis. 
  31. Find a geocache in an easy-to-access or remote location. 
  32. Swing your clubs and tee off under the midnight sun. 
  33. Let your dog play at a park made just for them. 
  34. Find and explore nearby walking and hiking trails. 
  35. Take a ride on the Chena River via a sternwheeler. 
  36. Visit the pipeline and learn what a “PIG” has to do with it. 
  37. Root on your rubber duckie to win the race. 
  38. Gather your friends to have a BBQ and roast marshmallows. 
  39. Take a scenic road trip along a local highway.  
  40. Soak up the sun while dining on a waterfront deck. 
  41. See what’s on display at a museum. 
  42. Tie your shoes and bowl a few frames. 
  43. Learn how a tree is turned into pieces of functional and decorative art. 
  44. Chill out and hang with the ice sculptures. 
  45. Find and take a swing on every playground in town. 
  46. View art of all kinds at monthly First Friday events. 
  47. Pack a basket and have a picnic in a park. 
  48. Shop for local produce and products at a farmers or open air market. 
  49. Find out how many hours of daylight we have today at www.explorefairbanks.com/midnight-sun-tracker.
  50.  Visit local monuments and statues. 
  51. Set up a net and spike your way to victory. 
  52. Enjoy a relaxing soak in a natural mineral hot springs. 
  53. Book an overnight getaway at a hotel or B&B. 
  54. Go berry picking with your family and make your own jams and jellies. 
  55. Head south and view “the High One.” 
  56. Round the bases suring a softball or baseball game. 
  57. Rejoice in the return of Aurora Season on August 21. 
  58. Sample a variety of locally-brewed beverages. 
  59. Chase a midnight sunset at a nearby vantage point. 
  60. Stay up all night and celebrate summer solstice under the midnight sun. 
  61. Take a stroll along the trails at Creamer's Field. 
  62. Camp for the night in a public-use cabin or at a local campground. 
  63. Visit a local art gallery and talk with an artist. 
  64. Celebrate America’s birthday with food, family and friends. 
  65. Learn about what winter has to offer. 
  66. Lace up your sneakers and articipate in a run or walk for charity. 
  67. Sample cuisine from around the world. 
  68. Grab a partner and take a class in ballroom or square dancing. 
  69. Strike a pose under the Antler Arch. 
  70. Try a different kind of golf…with a disc or a soccer ball. 
  71. Rent a canoe, kayak or bicycle. 
  72. Find out more about events happening around Fairbanks at www.explorefairbanks.com/events
  73. Have an adventure in a national or state park. 
  74. Visit giant burl animals along the Richardson Highway. 
  75. Peer through your binoculars and search for Alaskan wildlife and birds. 
  76. Learn about Alaska’s aviation history. 
  77. Traverse the Dalton Highway and visit the Arctic Circle sign. 
  78. Learn more about Alaska’s state sport of dog mushing. 
  79. Visit with Santa and meet his reindeer. 
  80. Grab a water bottle and try some fresh spring water. 
  81. Wander along the riverwalk. 
  82. Cool off with ice cream or shave ice. 
  83. Ride the rides, eat delicious food and visit with vendors at the state fair. 
  84. Perfect your panning technique on your seach for gold. 
  85. Paddle alongside the guides on a whitewater excursion. 
  86. Take a driving tour of Fairbanks. 
  87. See or walk in the largest parade in Alaska. 
  88. Climb aboard and ride the rails. 
  89. Learn about traditional Alaska Native sports. 
  90. Pick up a putter and play a round of mini golf. 
  91. Check out the exhibits or watch free films on Alaska’s history, nature and culture at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center. 
  92. Learn what makes UAF “Naturally Inspiring.” 
  93. Take in a play, concert or performance. 
  94. Check out a book from the local library. 
  95. Hop on an ATV and go for a ride - either on your own or a guided tour. 
  96. Start your search for Made In Alaska holiday gifts. 
  97. Watch a show about the northern lights. 
  98. Take a class in painting, dancing or another form of art. 
  99. Find out about historic Fairbanks and its gold rush history at Pioneer Park.  
  100. Watch the boys of summer play without artificial lighting. 
  101. Explore more about things to do in Fairbanks, Denali, Alaska's Interior and Arctic at www.explorefairbanks.com

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