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. Arrange your visit to Founders Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in Nelson using our Nelson itinerary builder.
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  • We really enjoyed our walk around Founder Park. We were constantly taken back in time and certainly bought back a lot of memories...... Newmans coachlines in particular as we used to travel quite ofte...  more »
  • Heaps to wander through what felt like a real life village from days gone by. Visited on a cool fine still day and that was reflected in our experience. Plenty to wander through at look at and learn a...  more »
  • I went to founders park with the kids. Spent a couple of hours walking round (its bigger than I had at first expected) - lots of interpretation covering the history of just about everything. The kids ...  more »
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  • A fun old heritage park to visit,has a limited range of food available at the cafe/restaurant. Often has live outdoor music over summer. My kids really enjoyed it and for the price it is really good.
  • Great place for the kids, even had a train ride for them
  • Have enjoyed Founders in the past but really felt let down this year with terrible service at the restaurant and no kids menu. Seagulls everywhere so you had to contend with them for dinner. Beer is over priced as well.
  • Really nice heritage park with surprisingly much to see. Restaurant had nice beers but limited foods.
  • 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.