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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
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Published on: June 01, 2023

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

Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum, Chehalis
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Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum

4. Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum, Chehalis

Editor's note:  The tracks have been repaired after being damaged in a flood in 2022. They are hoping to resume operation this summer (2023). Check the website for updates. 

Make a trip to the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum to travel back in time, riding in an open-top train car pulled through pastoral farmland by a vintage locomotive.

In addition to regular excursions on weekends, you can book tickets for kid-friendly special events during holidays, including the Pumpkin train and the Polar Express train ride. Train excursions travel round-trip to the outposts of Milburn or Ruth. Book ahead online for a specific departure time and destination.

Getting there: Chehalis is about a 1.75-hour drive south of Seattle on I-5.

Rides and cost: Train rides depart on select weekend days, May through September, with two excursions to choose from. Adult tickets cost $18–$21, children’s tickets cost $13–$16; tots ages 2 and younger ride free. Dinner trains and other special events cost more. Book online.

Next up: The monorail

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