101 Ways To Explore Local This Summer


Explore Fairbanks and Magic 101.1 want you to have the BEST SUMMER EVER! Here is a complete list of 101 Ways to Explore Local this summer! Go through the list, support local, have fun, and check off all the ways you can EXPLORE LOCAL & HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!

  1. Make the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center your first stop to planning your summer adventure. www.morristhompsoncenter.org
  2. Learn how to #ExploreLocal at www.explorefairbanks.com
  3. Denali - only two hours from Fairbanks. Nenana Whitewater Rafting with Denali Raft Adventures. www.denaliraft.com
  4. Delight your taste buds with breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Golden Bear Restaurant & Lounge. www.bearlodgealaska.com
  5. Roses are red, violets are blue, have the crew at Zach’s make deliciousness for you! www.zachsrestaurant.com
  6. Feel at home with a full kitchen and private bedroom only at Wedgewood Resort! www.wedgewoodfairbanks.com
  7. You won't believe this exists in Fairbanks, stop into the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum. www.fountainheadmuseum.com
  8. Fishing or scenic wilderness float/raft trips. Fly or spin fish amazing Interior Alaskan rivers! www.akrivertours.com
  9. Locally crafted gin, rum, vodka, and akavit tastings, tours, and cocktails at Ursa Major Distilling. www.ursamajordistilling.com
  10. Pull your sleeves up and get vaccinated
  11. Visit the pipeline and learn what a “PIG” has to do with it
  12. See giant burl animals along the Richardson Highway
  13. Cool off with ice cream or shave ice.
  14. Curl up with a book from the library.
  15. Take a guided ATV tour or hop on your own and go for a ride.
  16. Be inspired by a visit to an arts, culture or history venue.
  17. Search out a geocache in an urban or remote location.
  18. Learn a new skill or craft in an in-person or online class.
  19. Spend an afternoon "Where the Spirit of Christmas lives year-round."
  20. Cuddle with puppies and chat with a musher on a kennel tour.
  21. Hop on a motorcycle to traverse the state.
  22. Savor a variety of locally-brewed vodka, rum and other spirits.
  23. Rent a canoe, kayak or bicycle.
  24. Set up a net and spike your way to victory.
  25. Participate in the Explore Local Scavenger Hunt and Photo Contest. Find out more at www.explorefairbanks.com/contest.
  26. Grab take out from your favorite restaurant and have a picnic in a park.
  27. Relax like the miners did in a naturally heated hot spring.
  28. Cheer on your rubber duckie as they try to win the race.
  29. Volunteer your time to a worthy cause.
  30. Pick up a meal from your favorite food truck or stand.
  31. Throw on your cleats and take a swing at a softball field.
  32. Take a walk through a forest with huskies.
  33. Start your search for Made In Alaska holiday gifts.
  34. Immerse yourself in a year-round virtual vacation in Fairbanks at www.explorefairbanks.com/360.
  35. Chase a midnight sunset at a nearby vantage point.
  36. Buckle up your flotation device and spend some time on a lake or river.
  37. See how a tree is turned into pieces of functional and decorative art.
  38. Share your adventures on social media using #explorefairbanks.
  39. Take a flightseeing tour and view the landscape from the sky.
  40. Have an adventure in a local, state or national park.
  41. Drive along a local highway for a scenic road trip.
  42. "Dream Golden Dreams" during Golden Days.
  43. Experience the thrill of a lifetime on a zipline.
  44. Have your picture taken at the Arctic Circle sign after traversing the Dalton Highway.
  45. Try a different kind of golf…with a disc.
  46. Find out about historic Fairbanks and its gold rush history at Pioneer Park.
  47. Learn what makes UAF “Naturally Inspiring.”
  48. Enjoy the 4th of July with food, family and friends.
  49. Taste a variety of locally-brewed beer.
  50. Go for a stroll along the trails at Creamer's Field.
  51. Let your dog play at a park made just for them.
  52. Ask about what winter has to offer.
  53. Camp in a public-use cabin or at a local campground.
  54. Go berry picking with your family and make your own jams and jellies.
  55. Pick up a 2021 Fairbanks Visitors Guide full of more ideas of things to do.
  56. Find events happening around Fairbanks at www.explorefairbanks.com/events.
  57. Soak up the sun while dining on a waterfront deck.
  58. Gather around a campfire and roast marshmallows.
  59. Enjoy a free concert at a local venue.
  60. Visit local monuments and statues.
  61. "Don't stop be-leafing" at the Tanana Valley State Fair.
  62. Discover new treasures at a yard sale or antique shop.
  63. Shop for local produce and products at a farmers or open air market.
  64. Fill your water bottle with fresh spring water.
  65. Peer through your binoculars and search for Alaskan wildlife and birds.
  66. Watch gold nuggets be fashioned into jewelry.
  67. Book an overnight getaway at a hotel or B&B.
  68. Sample cuisine from around the world.
  69. Hear about Alaska’s state sport of dog mushing.
  70. Strike a pose under the farthest north Antler Arch.
  71. Visit the historic mining town of Ester.
  72. Stay up all night and celebrate summer solstice under the midnight sun.
  73. Traverse as many of the nearby walking and hiking trails as possible.
  74. Focus your camera and document your travels.
  75. Learn about Alaska’s aviation history.
  76. Spend some time with muskox or reindeer.
  77. Dine on fresh Alaskan seafood.
  78. Test your adventurous spirit in Denali National Park.
  79. Chill out and hang with the ice sculptures.
  80. Discover everything that downtown Fairbanks has to offer.
  81. Rejoice in the return of Aurora Season on August 21.
  82. Perfect your panning technique on your search for gold.
  83. Participate in a run or walk for charity.
  84. Cast a line and catch a fish. (Don’t forget your fishing license!)
  85. Help beautify Fairbanks by picking up a piece of trash.
  86. Meander around Wander Lake or along the riverwalk.
  87. Climb aboard and ride the rails.
  88. Climb in an RV and travel the “Adventure Corridor.”
  89. Watch a show about the northern lights.
  90. Learn about traditional Alaska Native sports.
  91. Play on every playground in town.
  92. Swing your clubs and tee off under the midnight sun.
  93. Hoot and holler as you watch the boys of summer play.
  94. Protect your skin with sunscreen and hit the beach at Chena or Tanana lakes.
  95. Calculate how many hours of daylight we have today at www.explorefairbanks.com/midnight-suntracker.
  96. Visit with Santa and let him decide if you're on the naughty or nice list.
  97. Grab some friends and cleats to go kick around a soccer ball.
  98. Explore the exhibits on Alaska’s history, nature and culture at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center.
  99. Head south and view “the High One.”
  100. . Stop and smell the flowers in a garden.
  101. . Explore more things to do in Fairbanks, Denali, Alaska's Interior and Arctic at www.explorefairbanks.com