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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

Washington State History Museum Tacoma model train display credit Steve Carter
Model railroad display at WSHM. Credit: Steve Carter

9. Washington State History Museum model railroad exhibit, Tacoma

For a bird’s-eye view of a whole train system, check out the expansive model railroad set up on the fifth floor of Tacoma’s Washington State History Museum. Members of a model train club have built, and continue to work on, this impressive display. It showcases a 1950s-era Northwest railroad network.

Keep an eye on the website for information about the museum’s annual Model Train Festival, which takes place in December. 

Getting there: The museum is located in downtown Tacoma.

Cost: The museum is open Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Visit free the third Thursday of the month, 3–8 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults; $11 for kids ages 6–18; and kids ages 5 and younger are free.

To visit nearby: Within walking distance of the history museum (or a short ride on Tacoma’s Link — double trains!), you can hit the Museum of Glass (or just the stunning, glass-art pedestrian bridge) and the pay-what-you-will Children’s Museum of Tacoma. Tacoma has tons more to offer within a short drive, including Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, located in Point Defiance Park. Tip: Check out the impressive, historic Stadium High School, just at the edge of the downtown area.

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