Founders Park, Nelson

(4.1/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web)
Explore local heritage through architecture, food, and exhibits at Founders Park, an outdoor museum displaying original historical buildings and replicas built in the regional style. Opened in 1986, the park has been entertaining and educating visitors ever since through engaging exhibits and local flair. Take a short train ride along their scenic railway, hop on the site's Bristol Freighter airplane, stop into a workshop, or browse for handmade goods and artisan foods at the gift shops. With an onsite playground for little ones, the gorgeous architecture and green space at this beloved park will delight visitors of all ages. Arrange your visit to Founders Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in Nelson using our Nelson itinerary builder.
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  • Spent a few hours here wandering around the place .... some attractions were closed but there was still enough to gain an insight of early Nelson ... a not to be missed attraction. Most likely better ...  more »
  • I would suggest this is much more relevant when one has children to show them how things were. Perhaps not so much for adults on their own. Still has a brewery and a bar serving craft beers, not entir...  more »
  • You should visit this peaceful place with lots of history. Rarely we paid so little for entry. Here is not only exhibited, but also lived. In the Restaurant/Brewery, you can try the beers brewed here. You can spend a good 2-3 hours here. The reception was super friendly and told us what we should look at everything.
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  • Interesting snap shot of some local history. Would have been nice if more of the stores were open and actively traded. May be better to come in busy summer times when there is more of an incentive for the stores to be open.
  • A very nice place to have a stroll around. Good range of buildings to look in and at. Nice and spacious and good for kids.
  • Super little open air museum with plenty to entertain and amuse big kids and little ones. The on site brewery/cafe is well worth a visit - lovely brews, good nosh and excellent coffee. There's even a wee small train running on the old train tracks and a superb collection of old pushbikes.
  • People friendly and a market atmosphere. Great spots for meeting mates and good outdoor areas.
  • Many interesting nooks to explore. Nice cafe/brewery too