Does your little one (or big one, or husband?) love trains as much as mine does? If they do, then you will want to make sure that at some point, you take the time to visit the Strasburg Railroad.
Recognized as one of the most significant historic railroads in the USA, the Strasburg Railroad has acquired historic trains from all over the country, and recently celebrated operating for 50 years as a tourist railroad.
It is in a beautiful location, with lovely views and rolling landscapes. You will feel as though you stepped back in time from the minute you arrive- from the sharply dressed conductors and train operators, to the ticket sales window where you will purchase your passes (choose from open air or closed cars), you and your family will love the historic railroad experience. (Don’t tell the kids they may learn something!)
As you ride the beautifully restored trains through Amish country, learning about steam railroading, agriculture, Amish culture and Pennsylvania Dutch heritage, enjoy your family and your little ones, and let worries slip away. They are little for only so long, and riding in a “real” train is going to be a real delight. When your ride is over, you can ride the Cagney Steam Train (a mini train), operate a hand-powered Pump Car (which the adults will do most of the work on- but your kids will go bananas for), and give your kids a go on the little Cranky Cars and wear them out before your ride home or to the hotel.
We took the kids over for a ride on the “Easter Bunny Train”, where Peter Cottentail makes a visit to the railroad and hops on over for a photo and a treat with your kids. Needless to say, my son was thrilled beyond measure. Trains AND a bunny? Done! The Strasburg Railroad has so many exciting special events, from a wine and cheese train for mom and dad, to a Day Out With Thomas for the kids to meet their favorite little blue engine. Kids can even celebrate their birthday at the Railroad!
Also on site is a Thomas the Train toy shop, and just across the road is the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, as well as the Choo Choo Barn. A day full of train-tastic fun for everyone