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

Free mini train rides, historic excursions, urban rail adventures and more

Nancy Chaney

Published on: April 16, 2019

Northwest Railway Museum, Snoqualmie
Northwest Railway Museum train

Northwest Railway Museum, Snoqualmie

Want to make your little train lovers shake with excitement? Take them on one or more of these terrific local rail adventures, starting with the Northwest Railway Museum, a restored train depot in Snoqualmie. Visit the museum, which is free 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, July 12–21 this year (tickets are on sale now), where the “real” Thomas the Tank Engine drops in for a visit, and the annual Santa Train featuring the big guy in red (tickets go on sale in August).

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 two hours and depart multiple times each weekend. Round-trip tickets on regular trains start at $20 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 17–18, 2019.

Use the arrows above the image to see all the options for train adventures!

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