Does your child love train activities? If so, there are many places around Phoenix for all levels of train enthusiasts. Whether you have a tot who dreams of riding on a choo choo, or an older kiddo who is into model trains or fascinated by railroad history, the Phoenix area has you covered! Check out these awesome activities for train lovers! All Aboard! If your child loves trains, where do you take them around town to see them?

    Goldfield Ghost Town: Superstition Narrow Gauge Railroad

     (2385.1 mi)

    Erin P.:  The Superstition Scenic Narrow Gauge Railroad at Goldfield Ghost Town is a 36-inch gauge train that includes a Plymouth diesel pulling a passenger car and a caboose. Hop aboard this train for a journey around the 1.5 miles of track that circle the town. The engineer will narrate the trip by telling the history of Goldfield, the Superstition Mountains, and the desert southwest in general. The train departs every 35 minutes, and the journey lasts approximately 20 minutes.

    Cost: $9/Adults; $8/Seniors; $6/Children 5-12

    Freestone Railroad

     (2406.2 mi)

    Erin P.:  At the Freestone Railroad, you can hop on board one of their shady, covered coaches or their breezy, open air coaches for a 3/4-mile train ride around the park. Passengers of all ages will enjoy their ride aboard this Sante Fe Style Engine.

    Cost: 3 Tickets (Tickets are $1.50 each or you can buy a book of 20 tickets for $24.00)

    Arizona Railway Museum

     (2410.7 mi)

    Erin P.:  The Arizona Railway Museum is a great place to visit for families who like trains! The Museum is dedicated to the acquisition, restoration, preservation and display of railway equipment, artifacts and mementos related to railways of yesterday and today. There are both indoor and outdoor exhibits. There is also a gift shop with lots of toy trains and accessories available for purchase.

    Cost: Family: $15; Adult: $5 (12+yrs); Child:$2 (2-12yrs)

    McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

     (2413.6 mi)

    Erin P.:  The city of Scottsdale’s Parks & Recreation Department operates the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, which is a fantastic destination for the little train lovers in your life! Enjoy a day of family fun at this 30-acre park, complete with a ride on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad and a spin on the vintage carousel. There is also a 10,000 sq. foot model railroad building as well as a railroad museum.

    Cost: Tickets to ride the train are $2.00. Children two and under can ride for free.

    Desert Breeze Railroad

     (2416.0 mi)

    Erin P.:  The Desert Breeze Express is ready for you to hop on board one of its open-air coaches for a fantastic 3/4-mile ride around the park, winding past grassy play areas and around the lake. You might also enjoy a ride on the antique carousel while you are there. Delicious treats are available in the snack bar!

    Cost: 3 Tickets (Tickets are $1.50 each or you can buy a book of 20 tickets for $24.00)

    Daisy Mountain Railroad

     (2424.9 mi)

    Erin P.:  Daisy Mountain Railroad is a 24-inch gauge railroad located in the community park in Anthem, AZ. You can enjoy a 10-minute ride on the train as it winds past hills and sports fields, chugs through a tunnel, and circles around the children's playground before returning to the loading platform.

    Cost: Anthem Residents: $3.50/ticket (I.D. required); Non-Residents: $4.00/ticket; Babies under 1 ride for free with a fare-paying adult

    Enchanted Island Amusement Park C.P. Huntington Train

     (2425.7 mi)

    Erin P.:  The train at Enchanted Island Amusement Park offers guests a leisurely, seven-minute ride around the island.

    Cost: 5 tickets or an all-day pass; Single ticket is $1.25.

    Adobe Mountain Railroad Park

     (2427.6 mi)

    Erin P.:  The Adobe Mountain Desert Railroad Park has something for all train enthusiasts, including model railroading, railroad history, and more! Guests can enjoy train rides, check out their train layouts in all scales of model railroading, visit the museum, and relax in the family picnic areas.

    Cost: Free

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