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Part-theme park and part-historic park, the 44-acre Pioneer Park – built in honor of the 100th-anniversary celebration of Alaska's purchase from Russia – showcases the history of Fairbanks through several museums, including the Tanana Valley Railroad Museum, the Alaska Native Museum and the Pioneer Museum. A replica steamboat and two historic houses also give a glimpse of life in past eras. The park features several restaurants and shops, as well as kid-friendly activities, including a train ride, mini-golf and a playground area. Although many attractions and concessions close during the winter, RV parking is available year-round.
Families who visited recently called Pioneer Park a "gem" for kids and complimented the playground area, train ride, train museum and shops. Other reviewers enjoyed the replica steamboat, original historic homes and museums, and some were surprised to find affordable overnight RV parking for only $12 per night. However, some travelers noted that the grounds – particularly the mini-golf area –were in need of some maintenance.
The park, located by the Chena River, is open daily year-round, although concessions and some attractions are closed between Labor Day and Memorial Day. Summer hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day) are noon to 8 p.m., and during the winter, the Bear Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Admission to the park is free, but some of the property's attractions charge a nominal fee. You'll find the park about 2 miles west of downtown; it's reachable by car or bus (the blue line makes a stop here). For a park map or information on RV parking, visit the park's website.
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