Frequently Asked Questions

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Does the Fairbanks Alaska Centers have any programs? Movies? Talks?

During the summer we have a full schedule of talks, demonstrations, and a daily film schedule. Monthly schedules are available. See our Morris...

When can I see the Northern Lights in Fairbanks?

The aurora is constantly in motion, but can only be seen when it is dark out and the skies are clear. In Fairbanks, this means you have the...

What is the weather like in Fairbanks?

Fairbanks' weather is semi-arid with very little wind. Temperatures are similar to the extreme highs and lows of the desert, except more...

Can we see the Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis in the summer?

The answer, at least from June to late August, is no because the extended hours of daylight make it impossible to see them. The best time of...

What are the winters like in Ketchikan?

Winters tend to be mild with average highs in the mid-30s to mid-40s. October and November are also the wettest months with 10-15 inches of rain.

Are Alaska's public lands only open during the summer?

During the winter months many of the public lands in Alaska have seasonal road and facility closures and do not offer concessions. However...

What is there to do around Fairbanks?

A visit to downtown Fairbanks offers the Fairbanks Community Museum, Yukon Quest Museum on 1st and Cushman, Ice Museum is at 2nd and Lacey...

Where can we go hiking that is not far from Anchorage?

The Chugach State Park contains approximately 495,000 acres of land and is situated right around Anchorage. The Municipality of Anchorage...

Who was Morris Thompson anyway?

Morris was one of Alaska 's prominent business leaders. He was the youngest commissioner of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, held leadership...

Where can we go to see some bears up close near Fairbanks?

Bears are visible almost anywhere in Alaska, but you might catch a glimpse of a black bear or a grizzly while hiking in Chena River SRA.