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Choo-choo! 12 Train Adventures for Seattle Kids and Families

Free mini steam train rides, historic excursions, urban rail adventures and the J.J. Hill Train Festival in Skykomish on Saturday, Aug. 13

Railway MuseumNorthwest Railway Museum

Want to make your little train lovers shake with excitement? Take them on one of these rail adventures, starting with the Northwest Railway Museum, a restored train depot in Snoqualmie. Visit the museum, free to visit and open seven days a week, and go on a 75-minute excursion on weekends and holidays.

Special events at the Railway Museum include the hugely popular Day Out With Thomas in July every year, where the “real” Thomas the Tank Engine drops in for a visit, and the annual Santa Train to visit the big guy in red.

Getting there: Regular trains can be boarded in either Snoqualmie or North Bend, both roughly 40 minutes from Seattle.

Ride and cost: Train excursions last 2 hours and depart multiple times each weekend. Round-trip tickets start at $18 for adults; $10 for ages 2–12; and kids under 2 are free. Day Out With Thomas and other special event tickets are pricier.

To visit nearby: The towns of Snoqualmie and North Bend both have small, central business districts. A fun time to visit Snoqualmie and ride the trains is during Railroad Days, August 19–21.

Photo credit: Oran Viriyincy

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