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Pioneer Park, Fairbanks

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Pioneer Park displays Alaskan history and heritage in a cozy outdoor environment. In addition to offering a playground and picnic area, the park also features a Wi-Fi connection and a selection of small shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants. Many are tucked inside historical wooden houses and cabins that were transported here from other locations across the state. One of the park's main attractions is the five-decked paddle steamboat, SS Nenana. The vessel once transported passengers and cargo but is now a museum. Admission to the park is free, but some attractions and activities have fees. For Pioneer Park and beyond, use our Fairbanks online visit planner to get the most from your Fairbanks vacation.
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  • Though most of the shops are closed for the season, Alaskaland, as we locals call it, still has a few things to offer visitors in the winter. The air museum at the park is a jewel! The exhibits and hi...  more »
  • the intention was to make it like in the old times, jus like what it looks like in the gold rush. But, it's more like an amusement park for me.  more »
  • The time to sell, it's quite nice. Some modernization might not hurt. The aircraft Museum costs extra, but quite interesting. For small children, the Park is more suitable than for children from 10 years. Right next to it is the best beer garden in Alaska. We could eat enough at 30 degrees below the trees of salmon. What you want???
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  • We visited in winter, so none of the buildings were open, but it was still a nice walk with all the historic buildings. There is no entry fee to the park; you can walk around for free. We saw a moose munching on some bark while we were there and the kids played on the 2 playgrounds, even though they were covered in about 2ft of snow 😂 Nice view of the steaming river which hadn't completely frozen yet.
  • Seriously this is nothing more than a tourist attraction, and far from one of the better ones in the Fairbanks area. Good place to see some of the old homes from this area and spend money on overpriced food and trinkets(to many of which actually are made in China). Otherwise not really worth the time it takes.
  • Nice place to take a stroll. It has a good play area for kids. Guess most of them were closed for winter. But summer should be a good place to visit. Good opportunity to take some nice pics. Has some fun background. Has some picnic area. Also has air museum. Plenty of parking space. Has a Tenana river flowing right next to the park. Overall a good place to visit.
  • Alaskaland (the real name of Pioneer Park) is the place to be in summer. It's free to enter and play. The putt putt golf has a fee, the carousel is usually $1/ride and the train is $1/ride as well I think. During a warm summer day, it's great to hang out with friends, play in the park and get some food/ice cream. There are museums and an old school town with shops too. If you are in town, stop in and enjoy.
  • This is an eclectic collection of old cabins and the small businesses who occupy them have lots of souvenirs and handmade Alaskan items. Walking dogs and kids is a activity. The playgrounds are fun and have lots of things to do for kids of all ages, divided into 3 areas age appropriately. Several museums and a theater keeps you entertained. An old stern wheeled grounded ship gives you an insight in the local area villages with a shipload of model villages from the past. The salmon bake, and many food vendors insure you don't have to go hungry or thirsty. Finally the steam train runs around the whole park. It is definitely a place to visit, whether local or tourist

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