By Sean Bess


Welcome to Fort Wainwright located in Fairbanks, Alaska. Alaska, known as “The Last Frontier,” offers locals and visitors a wide selection of beautiful, undeveloped landscapes to explore, as well as plenty of exciting indoor activities. Getting out and enjoying the area with family, friends, neighbors, and others is always a great way to begin adjusting to a new home in a new city. Explore these Fort Wainwright things to do on the post and in nearby areas of Alaska. Don’t be afraid to ask friends and neighbors for their recommendations too! Below each of the activities in the area have been organized into categories. You can click any of the categories to jump to the section if you already know what you want to do around Fort Wainwright. (1-2) Golfing (3-6) Gyms (7-8) Movie Theaters (9-10) Bowling Alleys (11-15) Outdoor Recreation (16-19) Nearby Attractions (20-21) Museums

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Be sure to take full advantage of the Fort Wainwright MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) program that offers a network of support and leisure activities and services. There’s everything from youth programs, to sports, outdoor entertainment, and travel with the Fort Wainwright MWR.

Fort Wainwright Golf Course

1. Chena Bend Golf Course

2090 Montgomery Rd. Fort Wainwright, AK 99703


: 1 (907) 353-6223 Chena Bend Golf Course is a 6,476-yard, 18-hole course that offers golfers a driving range, putting green, pro shop, and The Turn Bar and Grill where visitors can grab some food and a drink.


2. Fairbanks Golf Course
1735 Farmers Loop Rd. Fairbanks, AK 99709


: 1 (907) 479-6555 Fairbanks Golf Course is a 3,132 yard, 9-hole golf course. The course also offers lessons with a PGA professional. Fort Wainwright Gym

Fort Wainwright Gym

3. PFC Gym

Building 3709 Southgate and Meridian Road Fort Wainwright, AK 99703


: 1 (907) 353-7223 PFC Gym is a great on-post option for those who want to get a workout in. The gym includes a free weights room, cardio machines, exercise classes, group cycling bikes, nautilus circuit training room, medicine balls and exercise mats, lockers, and sauna.

4. The Wolf's Lair

Building 3439 Ile De France Ave Fort Wainwright, AK 99703


: 1 (907) 353-2242 The Wolf’s Lair is Fort Wainwright’s 24-hour fitness center. This gym includes weight room equipment, cardio machines, a turf area for functional fitness, and more.

5. Melaven Gym

Building 3452 Santiago Ave. Fort Wainwright, AK 99703


: 1 (907) 353-1994 Melaven Gym offers those at Fort Wainwright with fitness classes, personal training, an aquatics center, and a variety of workout equipment.


6. Planet Fitness
1255 Airport Way Fairbanks, AK 99701 Phone: 1 (907) 374-4441 Planet Fitness strives to create an environment where anyone is welcome, regardless of one’s fitness level. Like most gyms, Planet Fitness offers an array of cardio machines, free weights, and various weight machines. Additionally, Planet Fitness allows “Black Card” members to bring a guest anytime, use of tanning machines, use of massage chairs, 50% off drink purchases, and 20% off purchases at reebok.com.

Fort Wainwright Movie Theater

Fort Wainwright does not have a movie theater on post. The closest MWR movie theater is on Eielson AFB.

Eielson AFB

7. Ernie Walker Theater
Building 3309 Eielson AFB, AK 99702


: 1 (907) 377-2642 Ernie Walker Theater is the perfect option for those who want to stay on post and watch a movie on the big screen.


8. Regal Goldstream & IMAX
1855 Airport Way Fairbanks, AK 99701


: 1 (844) 462-7342 Regal Goldstream & IMAX features new releases and the option to watch in IMAX, as well as comfortable stadium seating and a fully stocked concession stand. Bowling Alley Fort Wainwright

Bowling Alley Fort Wainwright

9. Nugget Lanes

Building 3702 Santiago Ave. Fort Wainwright, AK 99703


: 1 (907) 353-2654 Nugget Lanes is located on Fort Wainwright and offers bowling leagues, cosmic bowling, the Mother Lode Cafe for those craving a bite to eat and a soda, and the Gold Rush Lounge for those in the mood for an adult beverage while they knock down a few pins.


10. Arctic Bowl
952 10th Ave. Fairbanks, AK 99701


: 1 (907) 456-7719 Arctic Bowl has a bar and snack bar for those visiting the lanes, as well as bowling leagues and tournaments. Fort Wainwright Outdoor Rec

Fort Wainwright Outdoor Rec

11. Outdoor Rec

Bldg 4050 Glass Dr. Fort Wainwright, AK 99703


: 1 (907) 361-6349 Fort Wainwright Outdoor Recreation Center will provide you with all the information you need on local hiking and fishing, as well as provide you with everything you need for your next party.

12. Last Frontier Community Activity Center

Apple Street Building #1044 Fort Wainwright, AK 99703


: 1 (907) 353-7755 The Last Frontier Community Activity Center has something for every soldier and their family from laser tag to party and meeting spaces to rent planning a special event has never been easier.


13. Pioneer Park
2300 Airport Way Fairbanks, AK 99701


: 1 (907) 459-1087 Pioneer Park is a 44 acre theme park located in the heart of Fairbanks.
14. Griffin Park
Dunkel St. Fairbanks, AK 99701 Phone: 1 (907) 459-1070 Griffin Park is a 9.6 acre park located along the coast of the beautiful Chena River. This park has trails and a soccer field for visitors to enjoy.
15. Snedden Memorial Park
368 Slater Dr. Fairbanks, AK 99701


: 1 (907) 459-1070 Snedden Memorial Park offers visitors a bbq grill, a picnic area, and a playground, which makes it a perfect outing for families.
16. Growden Park
207 Wilbur St. Fairbanks, AK 99701


: 1 (907) 459-1070 Growden Park has a playground, a skate park, volleyball courts, and baseball and softball fields, all of which are free to the public. Attractions Near Fort Wainwright

Nearby Attractions

17. Seward Military Resort's Tickets & Tours Program


: 1 (907) 224-2659 Let Fort Wainwright Information, Tickets & Travel office take your vacations to the next level while saving you money. Here you can find discounted tickets to attractions such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, LEGOLAND Florida and many more.


18. Fly Trampoline Park
747 Old Richardson Hwy. Fairbanks, AK 99701


: 1 (907) 457-5867 Fly Trampoline Park is a 24,000 square foot trampoline complex covered with interconnected padded trampolines.
19. Top of the World Arcade
721 Gaffney Rd. Fairbanks, AK 99701


: 1 (907) 456-2763 Top of the World Arcade offers visitors video games, pinball machines, pool tables, air hockey, and a snack bar.
20. Arctic Sun VR
1800 Airport Way Fairbanks, AK 99701


: 1 (907) 456-2787 Arctic Sun VR is a virtual reality and PC gaming arcade that offers guests VR racing simulators and high-end PC gaming stations.

North Pole

21. Laser Tag of Alaska
2910 Glacier State Dr. North Pole, AK 99705


: 1 (907) 490-2672 Laser Tag of Alaska is committed to giving its visitors a fun laser tag experience in a safe and family-friendly setting. Fort Wainwright Museums

Fort Wainwright Museums


22. Fairbanks Community Museum
535 2nd Ave. #215 Fairbanks, AK 99701


: 1 (907) 457-3669 Fairbanks Community Museum exists to commemorate everything from the gold rush era to the great floods of the 1960s.
23. Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
212 Wedgewood Dr. Fairbanks, AK 99701


: 1 (907) 450-2100 The Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum houses more than 95 pre-World War II vehicles, as well as horseless carriages, steamers, electric cars, speedsters, cyclecars, 30s classics, and more.


We are sure that your new posting at Fort Wainwright will give you plenty of exciting things to do around town. Maybe you’re looking to get outdoors and enjoy “The Last Frontier,” or maybe you’re excited to spend the afternoon in one of the local bowling alleys or arcades. Whatever the case, at Fort Wainwright there’s plenty of fun to be had with friends and family.  

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