Founders Park, Nelson

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#1 of 12 in Parks in Nelson
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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  • Very interesting place. The buildings reflected a bygone era, bringing back many memories of childhood especially in the store. Sadly we visited in the 'off season' and not all the buildings were open...  more »
  • Sadly all that investment is a waste of money. Could be have more publicity and bring more people to visit the place. Is a beauty little town but empty and bore. The council needs to take action of th...  more »
  • This a wonderful collection of shops and businesses that people worked in the late 1800s. It is well spread out with a train ride available at certain times of the day/year. Something for the young an...  more »
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  • Was an easy and pleasant walk from town. Reception was friendly. Coffee shop was open and employee out front was on his phone while we waited. Eventually we and another customer gave up waiting and left. Brew house and cafe was closed due to a retirement, (is for sale so should be up and running soon!). Crepe stand was tasty and appreciated. Good vehicles and displays to walk through, the plane was not open, however. Overall a fun area to visit if you have the time, the Japanese gardens are just a very short walk up the road as well
  • Kids loved having a play around and we all enjoyed stepping in the past. The gentlemen operating the train made our day! They obviously loved doing what they do and it made the experience even better. The entry fee is very affordable, which made paying extra for the train also affordable. Being able to share in the past w our family was a good day out. The shops were all closed, but would love to come back when they are open. We were a bit worried about being locked in on a Sunday avo, even though we were leaving 15min early.
  • A great range of historic building, (houses, dentist clinic, doctor surgery, fire station, post office, shops etc) Also vintage vehicles and machinery. A building full of model boats and another of trains. You can take a ride on a old rail car. The collection/history of Newman's buses and a stage coach was interesting. There is also a gift/souvenir shop and a playfound for the kids
  • Founders Park...we both loved walking around this wonderful place at a leisurely pace. Great write ups and videos to watch. We had planned to visit two other places that day but so enjoyed the 3 hours of wandering around, a coffee and muffin at the cafe that we felt happy doing just this one. Thanks Founders. Please, please try to keep the cafe as it was a lovely environment.
  • Kids had an absolute blast, one of the highlights had to be the tram ride which was $5 per adult and lasted about 15 minutes. There were some interesting facts regarding the history of the buildings but for the kids an open top tram was plenty of excitement. We also stopped at the on grounds pub and got the kids a kids platter and ourselves some chips to share nothing to complain about there either, the last point of note for myself was seeing the old printing presses being refurbished so that they can be soon put into action....only which I could have seen them go. Very nice day trip, would definitely recommend.
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