Pioneer Park is considered Alaska’s only historic theme park. It was founded in late 1960 / early 1961, at a time when pioneers requested public land from the state of Alaska. It was meant to be a tourist attraction that contained exhibits featuring historical Alaska. In 1965, it was requested to be used for the 100th year anniversary of the purchase of Alaska from Russia. It was eventually named “Alaska 67 Centennial Exposition.” In 1968, Mayor Red Boucher signed a letter declaring that the park will officially be named “Alaskaland.” In July of 2002, the name was changed back to Pioneer Park to avoid a “Disneyland” theme park like experience.
Today, there are many attractions featured at Pioneer Park. There are museums such as the Alaska Native Museum, Pioneer Museum as well as the Pioneer Air Museum. There are restaurants and dining experiences like the Alaskan Salmon Bake and the Bulgolgi House, as well as the “Gold Rush Ice Cream Parlour” for desserts. There are all kinds of activities for kids as well as shops that sell souvenirs and other goodies. Some other attractions include The Palace Theater and a Square Dance Hall, as well as mini golf.
Pioneer Park is not a typical theme park that features many rides and games. There is a carousel; however, there are also plenty of other fun activities for kids and adults to keep you coming back, as well as learn about some of the history of Alaska.
For more information regarding fun activities to enjoy in Fairbanks, Alaska, be sure to contact 1st Alaska Outdoor School today.