Founders Park, Nelson

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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Nelson attractions like Founders Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Everything you need for a perfect family day out. Delicious food at the cafe. A awesome place for visitors and kids.  more »
  • Two hours are expected to visit this village includes artisans explaining their craft. Informative and pleasant.
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  • Delightful place extremely well set up and maintained. Cobbler shop brought back memories of my Dads shoe repairs shop. Cafe food very nice. Staff at radio station interesting to talk to.  more »
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  • Historical village. Cafes and restaurants, many businesses. Entrance way difficult as there's a ramp and heavy door. Flat, spacious paths inside. Suitable for family visits.
  • Historic village. Great place for a family day out. Lots to see and do and a lovely cafe on site
  • Great place for outdoor jazz concert tonight. Many thanks to all the artists...
  • Parklife Brewery is good for the adults while you let the kids loose to cause chaos around the park...highly reccomended for irresponsible parents seeking a good place to drink and let the kids run free... jokes aside good outfit with nice beer, didnt order anything to eat but the food that other people got looked very nice and made me jealous and hungry
  • The train is amazing. And wonderful collection of old stuff

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Nelson has the range of accommodations you would expect to find in a modern city in a great location. More upmarket hotels line the river and cluster in the city center. Budget-minded travelers will also find a number of hostels and motels here. On the outskirts of the city there are more motels, RV parks, and campsites, offering great options for those interested in outdoor excursions and city day trips.
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