Fairbanks’ 44 acre, historical pioneer theme park and family recreation area, was built in 1967 as the center for Alaska’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the state’s purchase from Russia.
Open all summer long, Pioneer Park offers a lengthy list of things to see and do. Perhaps the best place to begin is the visitor information center located in the log cabin just inside the Park entrance. This is also where you register for RV parking (A fee is charged). 2300 Airport Road.
Pioneer Park is home to several small shops that are housed in original log cabin buildings that were moved here from the Fairbanks area when the park was built. Shops include local artisans, photographers and clothing stores. Located midway between downtown and the airport at 2300 Airport Road.
Gold Rush Town has 35 restored buildings that have been moved here from around the area and most are now gift shops.
You can wander through the museum on the SS Nenana, a Sternwheeler that carried passengers and cargo on the Chena River from 1933 to 1954. It is the second-largest wooden-hulled ship still in existence.
Step onto the rail car used by President Warren G. Harding during his visit to Alaska in 1923.
There is a replica of an Alaskan Native village, an art gallery and the Pioneer Air Museum.
Take a ride on the Crooked Creek narrow gauge railroad that travels through the park or visit Mining Valley, which has a working replica of a gold rush-era sluice gate.
You can also play America’s northernmost 36 hole mini golf course.