When we first moved to Alaska, I was confident about getting through their famously harsh winters. I had grown up in Chicago after all. Lake effect snow, winter vortex, sleet, icy roads, below freezing winds? I had seen it all, or so I thought. Because of this, I gave no thought to following the advice of the hardcore Alaskans, the ones who have lived here for decades in the icy Interior and boy did I pay the price. Now we’re in the midst of our second winter here, with several feet of snow, only a few hours of daylight, and temperatures that dip close to negative 30 degrees. This winter, I have been implementing these tips and tricks with my own family and seen it work firsthand. Whether you live in Alaska or not, take their advice to help your kids beat the winter blues.
Nestled in the Interior of Alaska, Fairbanks is a tight-knit community of 32,000. While not what most people typically imagine when they think of Alaska, Fairbanks boasts breathtaking scenery, wild animals, and untouched nature. It has also been my home for the past year and a half. In that time, I’ve gotten to know and explore the area and people. I’ve compiled a list of some things to do in Fairbanks, Alaska that are family and budget friendly. Planning a trip to Alaska soon? Add some of these to your itinerary!