2024 ice alaska in fairbanks

2024 ice alaska fairbanks

What does Fairbanks do when it’s cold, yet just bordering on what might be considered spring in the lower 48, you ask? Well, they bring in more ice, of course! Last week, we had the opportunity to experience the 2024 Ice Alaska in Fairbanks, which is one of the most exciting local highlights here each winter. Also hailed as the home of the World Ice Art Championships (WIAC), it’s one of those things you really have to experience to understand and, since it was on my Fort Wainwright bucket list, you’d better believe we went!

2024 Ice Alaska in Fairbanks

Remember when we were brand new to Alaska and we went to the Tanana Valley State Fair? Ice Alaska is held actually held at the fairgrounds, so we were somewhat familiar with the location, which was neat. Now we can say we’ve experienced the fairgrounds in the winter and the summer, and it was beautiful both times.

Each year, Ice Alaska starts in the latter half of February and runs through March for locals and visitors, alike, to experience some of the absolute most spectacular ice art in the world. The 2024 Ice Alaska in Fairbanks’ playground opened February 17th, and it will run through March 31st. The WIAC wrapped up March 3rd, but the exhibits are still open for visitors to walk around, explore, and enjoy, which is such a fun activity as Fairbanks starts to wrap up its winter season.

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All About the Ice Alaska Playground

We first heard about Ice Alaska when we moved here this past summer, and it was touted as the local event of the season. So, naturally, we had to attend. Since Spring Break is this week, we decided to visit the fairgrounds and check out the Ice Alaska playground before it got too crowded with kids off school.

The Ice Alaska playground is exactly what it sounds like; it’s a playground made out of ice. From race car sculptures kids can hop in, to thrones, air hockey and cornhole games made from ice, and more, there’s something for everyone. The real highlight, however, are the slides. The side-by-side luges were my personal favorite, while the curved one was definitely the crowd favorite and had the longest lines. And yes, there’s something for little ones with the baby hill, too.

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Tips for Visiting Ice Alaska in Fairbanks

Address: 1800 College Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709

Parking: There is a free parking lot with ample parking for visitors; handicapped spaces are available, as well.

Tickets/Cost: Tickets are available both online and in person at the fairgrounds. Pricing is as follows: Adults (17+) – $17, Seniors (65+) – $12, Military ($12), Children (6+) – $8, Under 5 are free; Season tickets are available.

Tips: There are heating portable toilets throughout the grounds. Sleds are available to borrow for free onsite and are first-come, first served. You must leave your ID to borrow the sleds. You can also bring your own sleds with you.

Pets: Pets are not allowed. Certified service animals are allowed, though therapy and emotional support animals are not.

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