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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  • October 11, 2017
    You had a visit during the homebrewers festival. We were very surprised to find this wealth of history behind the fence. Heaps of things to look at and walk around. Some great events held here and we ...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    A wonderful display of heritage buildings ideally suited for family groups, particularly during school holidays. Lots of attractions including a video on how to use the apple sorter. Check out the car...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    Called here near the end of the day but imagine during busy periods that there'd be great atmosphere. We enjoyed going into the buildings which were relocated from Nelson when developers arrived in th...  more »
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  • July 29, 2017
    Fun, quirky . It felt a little abandoned but that was part of the fun.
  • July 17, 2017
    Nice food, good service. Just needs heating, very cold inside
  • January 10, 2017
    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.
  • June 13, 2017
    Great place for the kids, even had a train ride for them
  • February 19, 2017
    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.

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