Day trips are the best way to spend a weekend in Ohio. Most people don’t realize that you can take day trips in Ohio via train as well. From scenic railways to dinner trains, Ohio features several train rides you and your friends and family will love. The following are 7 incredible Ohio day trips you can take via the railroad. They’re some of the best train rides in Ohio.
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Best Train Rides in Ohio
June 21, 2019
What are the best scenic train rides in Ohio?
There are several Ohio train rides that are scenic. One of the most popular scenic train rides in Ohio is the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad because it takes you through a national park. The fall season is a particularly beautiful time to take a train ride in Ohio. Several railroads in Ohio feature fall train rides, such as the Lorain and West Virginia Railway Fall Color Tour and the Lebanon Mason and Monroe Railroad Fall Flyer.
What are the best family friendly train rides in Ohio?
Seasonal and holiday themed train rides are some of the best train rides for families. There’s nothing like a Christmas train in Ohio to get your kids excited for the holiday season. The Polar Express at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is a popular option, as well as the Santa Train at Hocking Valley Scenic Railway. We also recommend the Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Pumpkin Train in the fall time and the Ohio Railway Museum Ghost Trolley. (The ghost trolley is not too scary for young children.) These seasonal train rides tend to sell out fast, however, so be sure to purchase tickets well in advance.
Are there any mystery dinner train rides in Ohio?
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad features a Murder Mystery train ride, complete with appetizers but not a full course dinner. The train rides are available on select dates throughout the summer season. For more information about this specific train ride or to reserve tickets, click here. The Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad also features a murder mystery train with appetizers. For more information, click here.
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April is the Ohio staff writer for Only in Your State. She is an Ohio native with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. With more than 10 years of writing experience and a background in news reporting for Ohio newspapers, she's published pieces in multiple print and online publications. When she's not on deadline or chasing after her toddler, she's hunting for hidden gems in Ohio or getting lost in a good book.
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