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Choo-Choo! 10 Train Adventures for Seattle-Area Kids and Families

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

Nancy Chaney

Published on: June 01, 2023

Choo-Choo! 10 Train Adventures for Seattle-Area Kids and Families

A family rides a blue rail cycle bike along the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad tracks near Eatonville, Washington
RailCycle Mt. Rainier

11. RailCycle Mt. Rainier

So this isn’t really a train ride, but it’s got the makings of a super fun family outing — right on the train tracks! Long-time local train fans will remember the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad, operating out of the town of Elbe, Wash. This excursion provider had to close in 2020, but the operation was acquired by Western Forest Industries Museum in 2022, which plans to get the trains running again.

For summer 2023, Western Forest Industries Museum is launching a new rail cycle excursion. The RailCycles are designed with safety and performance in mind and have comfortable seats, a lightweight frame and heavy steel wheels. Perfect for rolling along the tracks and taking in the view.

You’ll depart from Eatonville, Wash., on the road to Mount Rainier National Park, cycle for three miles (six miles round trip) to a scenic turnaround spot where you can relax for a bit before the before the return trip. The trips are lead by a guide, and take a total of two hours.  

Getting there: Rides leave from 13203 Alder Mashel Connection Rd E, Eatonville. It’s about an hour and a half drive from Seattle, about one hour from Tacoma. 

Cost: Tickets can be purchased online for two, three or four riders. 

Coming soon: There are also plans in the works to operate steam train excursions from Chehalis this summer, which will include some family-friendly options. See the website for details or sign up for the newsletter to stay informed.

Next up: North-of-the-border rail

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