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Review of Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park
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Alaskan Heritage Tour in Fairbanks
Ranked #7 of 99 things to do in Fairbanks
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Owner description: Built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the purchase of Alaska from Russia, this theme part includes a mock gold-rush town with authentic pioneer log cabins, mining equipment, musems, a replicated Native American village and a huge, drydocked sternwheeler open for tours.
Reviewed October 30, 2013

Pioneer park was closed for the season but we were able to walk around. I wouldn't drive miles out of your way to visit. Seems like a cute little village to visit. We will have to go back in the summer when everything is open.

Thank jojoruss
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

This is a nice park to visit with the kids on a nice day. Open space area, exhibits to view and to learn about the local area. There was a band playing the day that we were there. Reminded me of a recreated "old west" town.

Thank Kelly S
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is a nice walking area, complete with a playground, little alaska cabins that have been moved to make a little town that now have shops in them with varying types of items. Theres a very old antique carousel and a train that circles the park both cost a small fee. You can also visit a plane museum in the park and a little building that shares information on some Alaska heritage. Theres the large steam boat to tour and a very old train too. It's a nice place to visit in the summer and fall.

Thank Molchak
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Well worth a visit if you have children, or on a family trip. There is plenty for younger children to do and they have several covered picnic areas that visitors are able to use. They have created a mini village using original Alaskan cabins that have been relocated into the park. This gives visitors a real sense of what the living conditions would have been like in Pioneer times during the Gold Rush.
The park holds cultural celebrations during the year which are always popular with locals and visitors. The Salmon Bake is on the Pioneer Park site offering a taste of the Local caught Salmon. There is also a model of a Gold mine and a museum of local interest. A Paddle Steamer is located on site and houses a very informative display of local history and the development of Fairbanks as a town.
A model Train runs all the way round the park and for a couple of Dollars you can see all the park and experience the "Screaming Tunnel" which all the children love, there is a guide on the Train trip who points out all areas of interest as you travel round the park.
The car parking is ample even in the middle of summer and its free, there is no entrance fee to the park so this Park is well worth a visit .
My Grandchildren love to visit here and we visit and picnic at least once a week during the summer months.

Thank Margaret B
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

The locals still call it Alaskaland, although the official name is Pioneer Park. This is one of the active cultural centers of Fairbanks and the surrounding area. Yes, there is indeed a nice park for picnics and play, but there is lots more to see and do here. The outdoor activities and many of the shops are summer only, but certainly not all. Some features include

a modern dance hall for ballroom dance, clogging, square dancing, swing dance, usually sponsored by one of the many dance clubs in town;

a central octagonal building including an auditorium with stage, a display hall for for activities of all kinds;

an art gallery on the top floor;

and assorted rooms for small meetings.

Also in the park are an aviation museum, a railroad museum, historic buildings from old Fairbanks, with period furniture and displays, meeting halls, an outdoor carousel, and a rider around the park (summers only) pulled by old number one, a working steam engine from the gold mining era. There is the riverboat Nenana (now a museum), and the Harding railroad card used by President Harding when he was here to dedicate the inauguration of the Alaska Railroad. There is a working carousel for the kids. The Alaska Salmon Bake is right next door, an easy walk from the park.

One of my sons was married in the chapel in Pioneer Park. It is small, but charming.

I play trombone in two local bands, and have played for many a concert on the stage in the concert hall, and outdoors for July 4 and other celebrations. If you are in town, check the local paper for concerts. The stage is booked for something nearly every week.

Thank akakie
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