Texas April 03, 2016
5 Epic Train Rides In Texas That Will Give You An Unforgettable Experience
Train rides are so nostalgic – they transport us back to simpler days before cell phones and radios, days when looking out the window and enjoying the scenery was the only option on a long road trip. If you want to experience the abundant breathtaking beauty of Texas in a unique way, this is your chance. Here are five unforgettable train rides in Texas:
1. Texas State Railroad
The Texas State RR has a train ride to please everyone in the family - from holiday rides including an Easter Egg Express, Pumpkin Patch Ride, and the most popular Polar Express for the little ones, to romantic dinner trains for mom and dad, this is an activity that's sure to spice up your family time. There's a ride going on currently called the Piney Woods Excursion that takes passengers through the beautiful East Texas countryside, offering unforgettable views in a unique way.
2. Austin Steam Train
This old-fashioned train is fun for the whole family as well. It offers scenic rides with views of the gorgeous hill country as well as themed events like murder mysteries and a Christmas train for kids where they'll help Mrs. Claus serve cookies and hot cocoa, receive a gift from Santa, and gather round for story time. More info can be found
3. Grapevine Vintage Railroad
This train in Grapevine has three different excursions throughout the year: a round trip to the historic Stockyards, a short, one-hour trip called the "Fun Train," and the favorite, a Christmas Wine Train that takes passengers to a winery in the city and serves hors d'oeuvres on the ride. More information can be found
4. Amtrak Texas Eagle
The famous Amtrak runs all over Texas, providing you with the opportunity to experience any part of the state you wish without all the wear-and-tear on your own vehicle. A full 2016 schedule can be found on their
5. Jefferson Railway
Lastly, we have the Jefferson Railway that gives you the opportunity of a lifetime - riding on a 50 year old, antique steam locomotive. The main ride runs along the Cypress Bayou and includes seeing historic remains from the 19th century, marveling at native wildlife, and hearing about the rich history of Jefferson. It also stops at the Diamond Don Gator Pit where riders will witness a live feeding of the 14 alligators who live there. There are special events as well, such as a 4th of July celebration with fireworks, a Halloween Runaway Fright train, and a Rail of Lights Christmas train. Information can be found
Have you ever been on any of these trains? What was your experience like?