Pennsylvania January 19, 2017
5 Incredible Pennsylvania Day Trips You Can Take By Train
Who’s ready for a mid-week break? A little impromptu adventure? You’re definitely in the right state. Now, all you need to do is decide which of these five train trips in Pennsylvania appeals to your sense of adventure the most. Ready to hit the rails? All aboard!
1. Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad
Plan to spend a leisurely afternoon with Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad this summer. The 2017 season kicks off on June 10 with regular train rides and special events, including murder mystery dinners. Guests are advised to arrive 45 minutes early for the three-hour train ride. The train has bathrooms, and snacks and drinks are available for purchase. The next scheduled special event is the Peter Cottontail Express, slated for April 15, 2017. The three-hour trip will include a special appearance by Peter Cottontail himself and will feature games for the kiddos.
Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad is at Perry Street Station, 409 South Perry Street, Titusville, PA 16354.
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2. Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
Journey to Jim Thorpe for perhaps one of the most spectacular scenic rail trips in the state. The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway - which runs from May through October - hosts traditional scenic tours that travel from downtown Jim Thorpe to Lehigh Gorge State Park and back. The 16 mile trek takes approximately 70 minutes. The railway also offers special events throughout the year, including the wildly popular Fall Foliage tour, the Santa train, and holiday trains. The next scheduled event - Winterfest - is set for February 18 and 19, 2017.
Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway is located at 1 Susquehanna Street, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229.
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3. Amtrak Keystone Service to New York City
Spend a day in the Big Apple, boarding your Amtrak train at the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia (2955 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104) and traveling to New York City's Penn Station (8th Avenue and West 31st Street, New York, NY 10001). Relax as the train shuttles you to New York City in only an hour and a half.
For train schedule information,
go to Amtrak by clicking here
and type in Philadelphia (PHL) to New York City (NYP). (The train also runs from Harrisburg (HAR) and takes 3.5 hours.)
Plan your day in New York City ahead of time so you can hit all of your favorite spots - Times Square, Broadway, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Center - until your return trip to Philadelphia.
4. Amtrak Pennsylvanian to Cleveland
Enjoy a day trip to Cleveland, Ohio, departing from downtown Pittsburgh (1100 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222) and arriving in Cleveland (200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway Cleveland, OH 44114) in just about three hours. Reserve your seat by going to
Amtrak and clicking here
. Add Pittsburgh (PGH) as your departure city and Cleveland (CLE) as your arrival city to find the scheduled dates, times, and prices.
Cleveland is brimming with things to do, including the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,
the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, and the Children's Museum of Cleveland.
5. Middletown & Hummeltown Railroad
A Pennsylvania tradition since the late 1800s, The Middletown and Hummeltown Railroad operates freight trains as well as scenic tour trains. Regular season train trips follow the Milk & Honey Line, traveling 11 miles round trip in approximately an hour. Guests who make reservations at least 48 hours in advance can order the quirky Hobo Lunch which consists of a sandwich, chips, cookies, and a drink, served in a bandanna. Lunch is only available on the 12 p.m. train rides.
The Middletown & Hummeltown Railroad also hosts special train rides throughout the year, including the Sundae Caboose Rides, the Teddy Bear Express, Grandparents Day Weekend, Pumpkin Patch Train rides, and rides with Santa. Three-hour Murder Mystery Dinner Trains are also scheduled throughout the season.
The Middletown & Hummeltown Railroad is located at 136 Brown Street, Middletown, PA 17057.
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What other train trips in Pennsylvania would you recommend? If you really enjoy the railroad experience, check out this former train that now serves as
a restaurant and motel.