The 44-acre Pioneer Park is a centrally located, historically themed park beloved by visitors and locals alike. The park offers a wide array of family- and visitor-friendly activities showcasing Fairbanks history through a bounty of museums and outdoor recreational areas. Many engaging attractions call the park home including the Bear Art Gallery, a historic sternwheeler, a carousel, a miniature golf course, a notable operational narrow gauge train, relics from the gold rush era and more. Historic log cabins that were moved to the park turn into summertime shops and eateries. June through August, Pioneer Park hosts free daily Gazebo Nights where musicians and singers perform for the public, free of charge.
Pioneer Park and the vibrant Fairbanks Arts Association (FAA), based inside Pioneer Park, are both celebrating 50 years. Promoting excellence in contemporary and traditional arts in Alaska’s Interior, the FAA’s Bear Gallery is located in the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts in Pioneer Park and is open year-round.
Our town is eclectic—there is so much to see and do. One of my favorite places in Fairbanks is Pioneer Park. I have been going there for the past 12 years. There is an extensive amount of history to be learned at each cabin that now is home to a local small business. There is always something different to do. Whether it is getting an ice cream or a crepe, taking pictures on the beautifully landscaped grass by the flowers, playing at the park, having a BBQ or going on the train or carousel, my family and I always have a great time.