Looking to travel back to 1898 on an Alaska gold panning trip? Learn about the Skagway and Yukon Gold Rush and what life was like for prospectors on this Going for the Gold: Panning and Dredge Tour! Guides dressed in character welcome you to Dredge Town where you're quickly immersed in the fascinating history of the Klondike Gold Rush. With stunning scenery and unforgettable attractions, this two-hour Skagway tour is perfect for families, history buffs, and anyone looking to have a good time!
What to expect and what not to expect with this Skagway shore excursion
Your Alaska gold panning trip begins with a walk through the time tunnel to take you back to 1898! Next, explore a massive 350-ton Gold Dredge that was formerly used in the Klondike Gold Fields and is one of only a few rescued dredges still standing. Enjoy historical and entertaining footage as you learn the art of gold panning from seasoned prospectors. Then, it's time to head to the troughs for you to try your hand at striking gold! It's fun for all as gold is guaranteed in every pan. Visit the assayers in the Gold Parler to have your pay dirt weighed, and check out the large collection of gold nuggets and mining-related souvenirs in the gift shop.
2 hour duration
Guaranteed to find gold in every pan!
Family-friendly with great photo opportunities
Gift shop for special souvenirs
Snack Shack available for drinks & treats
The photo opportunities here are endless, and you can even borrow dress-up clothes to match the cast of colorful characters for priceless photographs! Explore the grounds and interactive displays that include museums, relics, and movie theaters. Stop by the Snack Shack for goodies and take in the surrounding scenery with views of the Harding Glacier and Skagway River. The Going for the Gold: Panning and Dredge Tour will leave you with lasting memories and a newfound appreciation for the Klondike gold rush!
Accessibility: The activity level of this tour is rated as easy/moderate. Guests must be able to walk up and down a few steps to board the bus. There are opportunities to walk around at designated areas.
Cancellation Policy: In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we will issue a refund. Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure. Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure are non-refundable.
What to Wear: It is a good idea to dress in layers, and include a rain or waterproof jacket. Also, for your comfort, sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Don’t forget your camera and sunglasses!
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Child Rate: $74 (ages 2-11)
Infant Rate: Free, but please note that infants do not receive a gold pan.
+ 5% sales tax
You've got questions, we've got answers
Q:I see that transportation is not included, so how do I get there?
Dredge Town is just a short ride away from the cruise docks and there are shuttles that depart from the docks every 30 minutes. The cost of these shuttles is $5 for an all-day ticket. Upon booking, your confirmation email and voucher will contain detailed information about the Skagway SMART shuttles and how to get to Dredge Town.
Q:Are there photo opportunities?
Yes! There are tons of great photo opportunities at Dredge Town, including mining artifacts and the surrounding scenery. Additionally, costumes are available for you to borrow for an extra special photo!
Q:Is food available for purchase?
Yes! The Snack Shack has home-baked cookies, drinks, and treats. Additionally, there is a dining room with an Alaskan BBQ that includes a variety of smoked barbecue meats, chicken, macaroni and cheese, salads, and assorted side dishes.
Q:What should I wear?
It is a good idea to dress in layers, and include a rain or waterproof jacket. Also, for your comfort, sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Don’t forget your camera and sunglasses!