Fun for Families

Photo of the playground equipment at Mollie Walsh Park
The playground at Mollie Walsh park is a great place to enjoy being outdoors in Skagway.

NPS photo/S. Millard

A Place to Run and Play

Mollie Walsh Park is a fantastic place for families. Children can play on swing sets and jungle gyms. Picnic areas and park benches provide a relaxing place to watch the kids. Restrooms are available in the summer from 7am to 7pm. In late summer, visitors can watch salmon run up the stream winding next to the park located on 6th avenue east of Broadway.

Mollie Walsh arrived in Skagway in 1897. A year later, she opened up a simple café along the White Pass route. Mollie, known among the stampeders for her beauty and cheerfulness, eventually married and moved to Seattle. Unfortunately, she tragically lost her life a few years later. One of her suitors, Jack Newman never forgot the beautiful woman of the Klondike he met along the trail. 28 years after her death, Newman bought this land, had a bust of Mollie made, and donated the land to the City as a memorial park in Mollie’s name. Though the park has changed many times over the years, the original memorial to Mollie can still be seen commemorating this amazing woman.

 
Man on trail with child in in back pack carrier
Excitement abounds on Skagway's trails

Photo courtesy of J. Verhaeghe

Experience Nature

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is surrounded by beautiful Alaskan wilderness. The City of Skagway offers several trails to access the wondrous region. With hikes varying from less than a mile, to full day adventures, there is a trail that every family can enjoy.

 
A volunteer ranger awards a young girl her junior ranger badge.
A young visitor earned her Junior Ranger Badge by completing fun activities at the center.

NPS photo/S. Millard

A Center for Kids, Run by Kids (at heart)

Fun for kids and those young at heart. The Junior Ranger Activity Center features animal furs, Victorian dress up clothes, and Victorian games. Use the provided iPads to complete the six activity stations and earn a badge.

 

Green Spaces and Picnic Areas.

Skagway has several beautiful green spaces right in the historic district and surrounding areas. wheather you are searching for a bench to take a break at or a pavilion to share a meal under, the map below will show you where to find them.

 

Picnic Areas & Green Spaces

use this map to find picnic areas and green spaces to relax in.

Last updated: April 2, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
P.O. Box 517

Skagway, AK 99840

Phone:

(907) 983-9200

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