If you are looking for something different to do with kids in the Phoenix area, how about taking them on various train ride adventures around town? Kids love trains, and there are several railroads around town designed with little folks in mind. Keep in mind that prices and any schedules mentioned are subject to change; check the web site to confirm hours of operation and ticket prices. The trains mentioned here are all open to the public.
Why not make it an adventure project? Take a picture of your children on every train ride in the Valley of the Sun — what an adorable album that would make!
Train Rides for Children
C.P. Huntington Train at Encanto Park
Enchanted Island in Encanto Park is an amusement park for smaller children, located in Phoenix. It offers little train enthusiasts the C.P. Huntington Train ride, a seven-minute tour. It's been chug-chugging along since 1991. There are height restrictions on this ride, and it will cost a few dollars to ride.
Daisy Mountain Railroad
The Daisy Mountain Railroad is located at Anthem, a master planned community in North Phoenix. It is open to the public, and there is a charge of a few dollars to ride the train. It's about a ten-minute ride around the Anthem Community Park on a 24-inch gauge railroad. In the winter, it becomes a holiday train, the Candy Cane Express.
Desert Breeze Railroad
On weekends, get to the Desert Breeze Train Station in Chandler, and take a ride on the Sante Fe Style train for about 3/4 of a mile around the park. You'll feel like you are back in the territorial days of Arizona. A couple of bucks gets you a ride on the train, but there may be age or height restrictions. Annual unlimited ride passes available.
The Freestone Railroad in Gilbert is open on weekends all year long. The replica 1880's engine takes it passengers over a scenic three-quarter mile route through the park. The ride will cost a few dollars, and there are height restrictions. Annual unlimited ride passes available.
Maricopa Live Steamers
Formerly known as Adobe Western railroad. Free rides on four different 30-minute routes are offered on Sundays, between noon and 5 p.m. The last train leaves the station at 4:30 p.m. There are no rides during the summer, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Donations requested. The trains are located on 43rd Avenue just south of Pinnacle Peak across from Wet 'n' Wild. Operated by the The Maricopa Live Steamers Railroad Heritage Preservation Society, a club for people who enjoy preserving the heritage of railroading.
The Paradise & Pacific Railroad is operated as an exact 5/12 reproduction of a Colorado narrow gauge railroad. The Paradise and Pacific Railroad carries its passengers throughout the park on a one mile track. There is a $2 charge to ride, with kids 2 and under free. The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is open every day of the year except Christmas and Thanksgiving. Don't miss the model train exhibit and the annual event called Railfair.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.