All Aboard!! For a Family Train Ride
John and I visited the Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish, Florida and took the train ride between Parrish and Willow Florida. The museum is run and operated by strictly volunteers who are very enthusiastic about trains and train history. During your ride these volunteers share the early history of train transportation in Florida and they make a point to get around to everyone to answer any train questions you may have.
The Train makes a stop at their museum in Willow, Florida where you get out and not only walk through the museum and see the artifacts from the early train days but you can see an old circus car among other various cars and engines in the process of restoration.
The train ride is 13 miles round trip and lasts about and hour and a half with a ride in an outside car or an air conditioned inside car. There is a refreshment concession in one of the cars for cold drinks and snacks, as well as restrooms facilities.
The scenery is mostly brush and trees so it is not the view that makes the trip interesting it is the train ride itself and from the volunteers telling the history and train stories.
Once back at the depot there is a model train display set up depicting how life must have been back in the early days of the train and showing the importance of trains for transportation. There are also restroom facilities at the depot as well as a gift shop.
This attraction is ideal for train buffs or for families with young children as what young child does not get excited about seeing a train? The Florida train museum is located at 12210 83rd street east in Parrish, Florida. The train runs on Saturdays and Sundays only at 11 am and 2 pm each day. They also have special events throughout the year such as the Pumpkin Patch Express and the North Pole Express.
Allow about 3 hours for this attraction. Parrish Florida is about 36 miles south east of Tampa in Manatee County.
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