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Pioneer Park, Fairbanks

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Pioneer Park displays Alaskan history and heritage in a cozy outdoor environment. In addition to offering a playground and picnic area, the park also features a Wi-Fi connection and a selection of small shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants. Many are tucked inside historical wooden houses and cabins that were transported here from other locations across the state. One of the park's main attractions is the five-decked paddle steamboat, SS Nenana. The vessel once transported passengers and cargo but is now a museum. Admission to the park is free, but some attractions and activities have fees. Use our Fairbanks tour planner to visit Pioneer Park on your trip to Fairbanks, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We enjoyed our visit to Pioneer Park. Its definitely a good option for something free to do in Fairbanks - there's a little bit of history, playground for kids, two amusement rides (carousel and a tra...  more »
  • Haven't been there in years and years, but we used to go every once in awhile for something to do and always enjoyed ourselves. Nothing to get too excited about, but was good for an afternoon.  more »
  • This free park is next door to the Alaskan Salmon Bake...nice walk after supper. History, old cars, antiques, music, snacks...it was well worth the time to wander around and learn a little more about ...  more »
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  • A great place for many activities from shopping, to exploring the several museum's, different varieties of art in music to culture to contemporary, and a playground for the kids. In addition, every night at 7 they feature a music performances. The Pioneer Park also has many food vendors and a lot of different places to have a picnic or a BBQ or your organization or business can book a pavilion for summer picnic parties. They have an optional RV parking as well. So, much more to name, definitely a great place for the family and visitors. I would definitely recommend coming here.
  • A great place to bring your kids or just to learn about some Alaskan history. There are various places to have lunch or ice cream, and even a playground and a carousel in the summertime. This place is always a great place to take a walk as well, and has several Alaskan gift shops.
  • Neat little park with many old cabins and structures relocated here, offering some fascinating insight into Alaskan history, a few fun games/rides for kids, and snacks to be enjoyed along the short stroll. Great on a nice day to checkout the town and show visitors around. Avoid being allured by the nearby salmon bake... Best, ~S
  • A fun place to walk around and see different thing museum style and plenty of things for kids to do since it is also a park and it's free admission. Some places do charge nominal fees to go in for extras but still nice. Plenty of shops and places to eat just stay away from Mama Grizly's Grill unless you have 30+ minutes to wait on a funnel cake or longer for other food after you wait forever in a 3 person long line....
  • Has a nice relaxing train ride. RV friendly and old paddle boat. Kid friendly. Nightly show but they pack them in

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Downtown Fairbanks holds the highest concentration of accommodations, and here you'll find everything from hotels for business travelers to cozy bed and breakfasts. The area just across the Chena River from downtown features a few establishments that serve as convenient alternatives should you be unable to secure a place to stay downtown. The areas around the airport and the University of Alaska feature numerous accommodations, including bed and breakfasts and small inns in addition to hotels for business travelers. Just outside of town you'll find lodges, cottages, and additional bed and breakfasts that feature quieter settings closer to the mountains.
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