There is nothing quite like a historically fascinating, yet insanely entertaining train ride through one of your favorite states. Many people don’t realize that riding a train is just as much fun as it once was back in the day. There are plenty of places in Georgia where you can bring the whole family and experience a one-of-a-kind blast from the past that will surely become an instant, classic memory for all. Take a look at these six train rides we found throughout Georgia.
1. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway—241 Depot Street Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513
This scenic train ride is a memorable one for all. Stationed at a historic depot in the mountain town of Blue Ridge, the entire trip takes about four hours to complete. Riders have their choice of sitting open-air or in the air-conditioned cars, and capture truly sensational views along the way. Make sure you check the schedule before hopping aboard!
2. Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad—U.S. Highway 78 East, Exit 8 Stone Mountain, GA 30087
What makes this train ride in historic Stone Mountain Park so wonderful is that you're trekking all five miles with a 1940s-era locomotive. Each passenger on the train gets up close and personal with the mountain, plus all the surrounding woods and lakes. The entire trip takes about half and hour, and includes narration from the conductor.
3. SAM Shortline Excursion Train— 105 East 9th Ave. Cordele, Georgia 31015
Travel through southwest Georgia in style, with the SAM Shortline Excursion Train. Choose a seat in one of the air-conditioned 1949 vintage cars and stop at some popular destinations such as Georgia Veterans State Park at Lake Blackshear, the Telephone Museum, and Jimmy Carter's childhood home, just to name a few. Make it an adventure for the whole family while exploring the state of Georgia.
4. Georgia State Railroad Museum—655 Louisville Rd.
Savannah, GA 31401
If you're looking for a fun and informative place to take the kids this summer, then the Georgia State Railroad Museum is for you. It's a family-friendly facility where you can see where the historic locomotives preserve their legacy. Take tours inside executive rail cars, or take a train ride tour of the entire museum.
5. Southeastern Railway Museum—3595 Buford Hwy.
Duluth, GA 30096
The SRM sits on 34-acres of pure locomotive fun in Duluth, Georgia. Since 1970, SRM has a rolling stock of train cars and parts, including classic steamers and historic Pullman cars. Ride in a few of the restored cabooses and see just how much effort it takes a steam train to pull everyone around.
6. Locust Grove Train Watching Platform—3840 Highway 42 South
Locust Grove, GA 30248
OK, so maybe this isn't an actual train you can ride, BUT it's still equally as awesome. You can pack a meal for the whole family and take it down to the platform, where you can watch more than 40 trains pass by every day. It truly is a memorable way to spend the afternoon.
Have you been on any of these trains in Georgia? Tell us what you liked best about your experience!