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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  • Visited in the heart of winter on a cold, drizzly day. Wonderful trip down Nelson ( and districts) memory lane, beautifully restored and maintained buildings and great tour guides. Kids loved the trai...  more »
  • The beer tasting at the pub was my favourite part. The people were pleasant but it was a bit flat. Perhaps better for children than adults  more »
  • A fascinating range of historical objects are on display in this Park. There are some excellent artisans to visit and there's an awesome cafe and brewery. it's also a great place to hold an event.  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.

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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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