Taking a train ride has always held allure for young boys. But now companies like Premier Rail Collection offer entertaining one-day excursions every member of a multi-generational family can enjoy. Here are 5 of the best family fun rail rides from across the country.
1. Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
The Rio Grande Mountain Rails Live Summer Concert in Alamosa, Colorado is a relaxing scenic two-hours winding through the Southern Rockies to the 9,400, entirely wind and solar energy powered, Fir Summit Amphitheater. Concert-goers set up their event chairs, or stake a claim on the log benches, and grab a variety of prepared-on-the-premises meals while enjoying A-list talent. The venue allows for parents and children to enjoy the music as well as the ability to wander in the fields surrounding the stage. Visit their website for concert schedule running through Sept. 13 2015.
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2. Mount Hood Railroad
Mount Hood Railrad in Oregon has a Western Train Robbery experience that is perfect for families. The train features gamblers, robbers, musical entertainment and a BBQ lunch. The Gilhouley Gang stages a hold-up, the Sheriff keeps the peace, and everyone has a chance to interact with gamblers Doc Adam and Matt the Maverick.
3. Cape Cod Central Railroad
Americana doesn’t get any more authentic than the hometown of our Pilgrim forefathers, Massachusetts. The two-hour Shoreline Excursion allows riders an up close and personal views of the Cape’s woodlands, sand dunes, cranberry bogs, salt marshes and the Cape Cod Canal. On board narration informs and entertains throughout the journey.
4. Texas State Railroad
The 25-mile Piney Woods Steam Train Excursion departs from the Rusk and Palestine Depots in East Texas. These roundtrip excursions are 1 ½ hours each, with a 1 ½ hour lunch layover at the opposite depot, for a total of a 4 ½ hour experience. Box lunches are available for pre-order or passengers can choose to bring their own. Turn it up a notch and learn first-hand what it’s like to run a steam engine by riding with the engineer and fireman. (Must be 18 years or older).
5. Saratoga & North Creek Railway
It’s never too early to start preparing for the holiday season and the Saratoga & North Creek Railway has the Polar Express Excursion. During the ride dancing chefs deliver hot chocolate and a cookie to each member of your family while “The Polar Express” is read aloud. The 30-minute train ride magically arrives at Santa’s North Pole village, where he and his elves board the train and greet each child with signature holiday spirit before returning back to the station. Book your trip in November and select dates in December for a specially discounted rate.