We spent our first afternoon in Fairbanks at this free park. It was a great start to our visit to Alaska.
My young boys (9 and 7) quickly got to learn some important historical parts of Alaska that revolved around the gold rush and the sternwheelers that brought pioneers to Alaska. We stepped into the old Presbyterian church and quickly visited the museum next door that had old furnishing set in an old home. It was a quick stop because of our very young kids that have a tendency to break things.
We had to visit the -40 below room because I just could not comprehend what that would actually feel like. It was cold!! My 7 and 9 year old really enjoyed the experience, after being bundled up in warm winter jackets and hats. They sat in the ice chair, and we threw boiling water in the air to see it fall as ice crystals. My 1 and 3 year old stayed outside with my aunt which was a good decision. Despite the price ($8 per person) it was worth the experience for us Californians.
We all rode the train and learned more Alaskan history. The playground was a fun diversion especially after having some ice cream. The price of the ice cream was quite inflated from the price of ice cream that you can buy at any drive through shack at most intersections of Fairbanks, so if your kids can wait, I would advise it.
This park offered many diversions, places to play for young kids, and lots of history. Although it is free admission, there are many options inside that cost money. A carousel ride, -40 below room, train ride, ice cream, and an air museum are some examples of things that charge admission. It is a good idea to plan what you want to spend money on and what you can pass up, otherwise you may find the afternoon to be quite costly. It is well worth a visit if you are in the Fairbanks area.
I grew up playing at this park and now I take my children there when we visit.
The park consists of original cabins/buildings from Fairbanks and the surrounding areas. They house museums, restaurants, ice cream parlours, and shops. One can learn about the history of Fairbanks from the native Alaskan heritage to the pioneer times. For children, there is a large playground, grassy areas for picnics, a carousel, mini-golf and a train. For the adults (and children, too) there are the many museums to peruse, including one about aviation, an original train car, many historical buildings, the Riverboat Nenana Sternwheeler, mining equipment and the Palace Theatre.
The park has free entry and is definitely a great way to spend an afternoon while in Fairbanks.
Must see if you are in the Fairbanks area. Known to locals as Alaska Land this park has something for everyone. My 4 year old daughters favorite thing in the park is the train ride which takes you around the entire park twice and gives you interesting facts and history about the park and the things in it. My favorite is Gold Rush Town which is a cute little town of old log houses that are now stores and little restaurants. My Husbands favorite is the Salmon Bake and the aviation museum. But there are also playgrounds and put put golf.