This is a fun place to spend time learning about gold mining. El Dorado Gold Mine offers hands-on adventure combined with an entertaining education in the history of mining in Alaska. Daily tours depart from the old train station to take you to El Dorado that opens mid May until the second week in September, depending on the weather. Tours depart at 9:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily except Saturday and Monday, when there are afternoon tours only. Fresh coffee and cookies are provided at the end and guests are invited to weigh their gold. Bring home some real Alaska gold that you've panned yourself on this educational gold mine tour that includes a train ride and panning lesson and is led by authentic gold miners. It is easily the best part of a Fairbanks vacation.