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“Great trip”

Klondike Gold Dredge Tours
Ranked #1 of 1 Food & Drink in Skagway
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Here at the Klondike Gold Fields in Skagway, Alaska, you can immerse yourself in the history and beauty of the Klondike Gold Rush. Visitors are transported back to the 1890s as our costumed staff meets, greets, guides, and entertains them. Our site includes everything from gold panning, to Iditarod sled dogs, to an authentic dredge and a chamber where you can experience 40-below temperatures. On site you can enjoy the many attractions and displays including a dress up photo shack, movies, and educational exhibits. There is also a restaurant and brewery to allow our guests to make a day of it at the Klondike Gold Fields. We aren’t just tours – we are an experience!
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“Great trip”
Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

Was very impressed with this visit. We planned this because we love dogs and wanted to experience a true part of alaska. The staff was great and enjoyed the period costumes .

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Victoria, Canada
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“Unreal!!”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

This was an amazing tour! Learning about the Klondike experience and seeing a once operational dredge was really interesting. Panning for gold was unlike anything I've ever done. Surreal Experience, PS very cute sled dogs!

Visited June 2014
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Knoxville
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“Great staff, but the overall experience was a bit disappointing - REALLY EXPENSIVE FOR WHAT YOU GET”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

We had some extra time in Skagway on our Princess Cruise and saw a brochure. It was advertised as having a 40 degree below zero room, dogsled puppies, and panning for gold. When we arrived in the early afternoon (2PM-ish), we were told that tours for the 40 degree below zero room and the dogsled puppies were over/closed for the day. So we went for the panning for gold and dredge tour. My kids were very disappointed to miss the puppies and -40 room, but did enjoy the panning for gold. The dredge was OK; nothing to go out of your way to see. We did get about $20 worth of gold between the five of us and the privilege of buying a small $35 locket into which to place the gold flakes. The staff were all very nice, energetic, helpful and knowledgeable. But at $45 per person, it just seemed VERY pricey for what you get. If the puppies and -40 room were open for the same price, perhaps a worthwhile trip (but if the other attractions had been open, the price was even higher!).

Visited June 2014
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Austin, Texas, United States
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“Great experience to tie in the history of the area.”
Reviewed 27 June 2014

We did a combination train ride and gold panning experience. The nice thing about doing all of it was that it made a really nice full story experience of the gold rush history of Skagway.
The staff that worked the tour were very knowledgeable, entertaining and genuine. They are dressed in period-dress costumes with creative period-type names. They use another company for the train ride but staff from the Gold Dredge come on the car and give extra information about the area and the history. Mountain Matt was very energetic and engaging. Blazin' Becky was training and was so good with the kids, especially our daughter, answering all their questions and getting excited with them. They took the rain during the last half of the tour right in stride, incorporating it into the stories and experience (this is the weather they had during the gold rush except when it was worse!). They provided rain coats for the gold dredge equipment tour and panning. The panning area is covered so unaffected by the rain. Plenty of staff was available to walk around and help with the panning. The demonstration by the gold panner (can't remember his name) was awesome...even had an accent/speech pattern down to make it feel in-period. Great tour and explanation of the techniques, equipment and history. They even have a set up to weigh your gold just like they did in 1896-98.
The gold dredge is on the shuttle route so could be done alone, but the train ride really added to the whole experience and understanding the whole gold rush history.
The gold dredge could be done in an hour or two; the train ride adds a couple hours.
A less expensive option for displaying the tiny amount of gold flakes panned would be nice.
The cookies and popcorn were fresh and delicious.

Visited June 2014
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Isle of Palms, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“ONE STOP FUN”
Reviewed 27 June 2014

We booked this excursion mainly for our kids to see the sled puppies. From being greeted in the rain by Golden Ginny (wonderful young lady!!) to getting help from Two Ton Tom in panning for gold....it was an enjoyable day.
We all learned so much about how the pioneers risked life and limb to pan for gold, use dangerous machinery, brave 40 below degrees with no modern parkas, how the Iditarod race has transformed and how the dogs are well cared for.
It is amazing how they have packed so much in such a small spot long the Skagway River. Top it off, endless beer/root beer tasting, a tasty lunch AND a chance to leave our mark on the restaurant walls!!

Visited June 2014
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