Shore Excursion Details

Big Nugget

Skagway, Alaska

Big Nugget


  • 41/2
    hrs Estimate Duration
  • Family Recommended
  • Accessibility
  • Meal

Experience life in the days of the Klondike Gold Rush through activities that defined Alaska in the late 1890s. Upon arriving in Dredge Town, a replica of typical gold rush community, you will watch a sled dog demonstration and interact with puppies that will eventually pull sleds for the famed Iditarod annual competition. You will also learn to pan gold and extract gold nuggets from a stream with a water sluice much like those that the prospectors used. You can then bring your pay dirt to the assayer’s office to determine its value. The gold will be yours to keep. An enlightening tour of the 60 Mile Dredge, one of the last remaining authentic gold dredges in the world, adds even more depth to your understanding of the mania that fueled the Klondike Gold Rush. Finish with a hearty barbecue lunch complete with a dessert of s’mores over a campfire or enjoy an amazing soda float (weather dependent), amazing performances, and laughter with our costumed characters.


  • Visit a musher’s camp and watch sled dogs demonstrate their strength and stamina.
  • Interact with the sled dogs and puppies.
  • Pan for gold nuggets like the prospectors did in the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898.
  • Enjoy a barbecue lunch and make s’mores over a campfire.
  • Tour Dredge Town for a deeper understanding of life during the gold rush.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour includes some standing and walking. It is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, can make their way on and off the coach, and have a companion to assist them. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Guests who go ashore do so with the understanding that they will be mixing with members of the general public.

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Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours

Activity Level:

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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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