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Pioneer Park

Take a trip through time at this historical theme park, which celebrates Alaska’s pioneering heritage with museums, playgrounds, restored aircraft and a riverboat.

Fairbanks’ Pioneer Park is an extensive outdoor complex alongside the Chena River and the birthplace of the city itself. Formerly known as Alaskaland, the 44-acre (109-hectare) park brings the state’s pioneering heritage to life through historical museums and exciting hands-on exhibits. Climb on board a 1930s riverboat, explore a hangar full of restored aircraft and learn about the gold rush that shaped the region.

Dating back to 1967 when the state celebrated its 100th birthday, Pioneer Park encapsulates Alaska’s rich cultural heritage through hands-on experiences and educational exhibits. Begin your visit to Pioneer Park with a visit to the magnificently restored sternwheeler, Riverboat Nenana. Nicknamed the Queen of the Yukon, this elegant riverboat houses the park’s visitor center and a large diorama of pioneering life on the Yukon and Tanana rivers. Pick up brochures and maps to plan your route around the park.

Find out about the gold rush that brought fortune and a wave of prospectors to the region at Mining Valley. Examine some of the equipment that was used to reach the precious metals far below the surface. Children will enjoy the antique carousel and exploring the Pioneer Park Playground, which has fun animal-themed play equipment. See a recreation of an Alaskan Native village and check out the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts. This building dates back to the park’s inception in 1967 and hosts a changing program of art exhibitions.

Learn about a piece of American presidential history in the infamous Harding Car and head to the Tanana Valley Railroad Museum to learn about how rail enabled the mining industry of the fledgling state. This museum contains historical exhibits and restored locomotives. Jump on board an early locomotive known as Old 67 and take a lap of the park within a beautifully restored train car. Grab some lunch at the park’s on-site restaurants, which serve up seafood dishes and locally brewed beers.

Pioneer Park is located on the banks of the Chena River, a short distance west of downtown Fairbanks. The park is free to enter, however, several of the museums and other attractions charge admission fees. The park is open daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day.


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Lodging Near Pioneer Park

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Best Western Plus Pioneer Park Inn $81
Best Western Plus Pioneer Park Inn

Best Western Plus Pioneer Park Inn

1908 Chena Landing Loop, Fairbanks
     
    4.1
    of 5, from 455 reviews
    2.5 out of 5.0

    Situated in Fairbanks, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palace Theatre, Pioneer Park, and Pioneer Air Museum. Carlson Center Event Arena and Growden Memorial Park are also within 15 minutes.

    Regency Fairbanks Hotel $68
    Regency Fairbanks Hotel

    Regency Fairbanks Hotel

    95 10th Ave, Fairbanks
       
      3.8
      of 5, from 724 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in the business district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Alaska House Art Gallery, Fairbanks Ice Museum, and Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center. Fort Wainwright and Dog Mushers Museum are also within 15 minutes.

      Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Conference Center $88
      Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Conference Center

      Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Conference Center

      813 Noble St, Fairbanks
         
        3.9
        of 5, from 1,223 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Walking and running paths adjacent to this downtown Fairbanks hotel wind along the Chena River; various government offices are within 3 blocks and Fort Wainwright is 1 mile away.

        Wedgewood Resort $80
        Wedgewood Resort

        Wedgewood Resort

        212 Wedgewood Drive, Fairbanks
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 267 reviews
          2.5 out of 5.0

          Situated in Fairbanks, this resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum and Fairbanks Community Museum. Creamer's Field and Fairbanks Ice Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Sophie Station Suites $89
          Sophie Station Suites

          Sophie Station Suites

          1717 University Ave, Fairbanks
             
            4.5
            of 5, from 208 reviews
            2.5 out of 5.0

            Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pioneer Park, Carlson Center Event Arena, and Growden Memorial Park. University of Alaska-Fairbanks and Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Alaska Heritage House $75
            Alaska Heritage House

            Alaska Heritage House

            410 Cowles Street, Fairbanks
               
              4.7
              of 5, from 221 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Fairbanks, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Dog Mushers Museum and Fairbanks Ice Museum. Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center and Fairbanks Community Museum are also within 15 minutes.

              Best Western Plus Chena River Lodge $63
              Best Western Plus Chena River Lodge

              Best Western Plus Chena River Lodge

              1255 Tvsa Way, Fairbanks
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 346 reviews
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Pioneer Park, Pioneer Air Museum, and Palace Theatre. Carlson Center Event Arena and Growden Memorial Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Super 8 Fairbanks $70
                Super 8 Fairbanks

                Super 8 Fairbanks

                1909 Airport Way, Fairbanks
                   
                  2.7
                  of 5, from 184 reviews
                  2.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Fairbanks, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Growden Memorial Park, Carlson Center Event Arena, and Palace Theatre. Pioneer Park and Pioneer Air Museum are also within 15 minutes.