The 44-acre park is along the Chena River near downtown Fairbanks, and has several museums, an art gallery, theater, civic center, Native village, large children's playground, miniature-golf course, antique merry-go-round, and restaurants. Owned and operated by the county, the park also has a re-created gold-rush town with historic buildings saved from urban renewal, log-cabin gift shops, and Mining Valley, an outdoor museum of mining artifacts surrounding an indoor-outdoor
Alaska Salmon Bake restaurant. The 227-foot stern-wheeler Nenana is the second-largest wooden vessel in existence and a national historic landmark. A diorama inside the stern-wheeler details the course the riverboat took on the Yukon and Tanana rivers around the turn of the 20th century. The Crooked Creek and Whiskey Island Railroad, a narrow-gauge train, circles the park. This is one of the best places in Fairbanks to bring kids and let them run off some energy. No-frills (dry) RV camping is available in the parking lot for $15 a night. Register at the riverboat. No reservation is necessary.