Wisconsin September 23, 2018
8 Ridiculously Charming Train Rides To Take In Wisconsin This Fall
There’s something so charming and nostalgic about a train ride. It feels like you’ve traveled back in time and though they can definitely move, they sort feel like you’ve slowed way down and taken a break. We’re so lucky in Wisconsin to have multiple trains of various sizes that take you into nature and help you celebrate fall. All across the state, you can hop a train to enjoy fall colors and pick up a pumpkin. These eight trains have a wide variety of schedules, prices, and opportunities for you to love fall in Wisconsin:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Rock River Thresheree Haunted Train Rides - Edgerton
Rock River Thresheree has a spooky train ride double-header. They offer two different haunted ride experiences: one that’s not so scary, and one that will absolutely petrify you. The coal-burning locomotive pulls into the station every 20 minutes or so, and you can indulge in seasonal treats and crafts while you wait. The props and decorations are fantastic, which makes this a popular attraction. Tamer rides are from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the scary stuff starts at 6 p.m. It's cash only and tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for kids. Learn more
. Located at 51 E Cox Rd., Edgerton, WI 53534.
2. Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad Bed and Breakfast - Spooner
Up in the northwest corner of the state is one of the most unique bed and breakfast experiences you could ever imagine. The Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad - also known as the Spooner train - is the only bed and breakfast of its kind in the country. You'll ride a train overnight, see amazing scenery, have some stellar meals and have the experience of a lifetime. Check out the
website for more information and to book your tickets! Great Northern Railroad is located at N6639 Dilly Lake Rd., Trego, WI 54888.
3. Minnesota Transport Museum - Osceola
Don't let the name fool you - this place is in Osceola and offers an awesome weekend of family pumpkin fun. They offer both a fall colors train ride and a pumpkin express ride. Both rides are $20. Children under the age of 15 will be able to pick out a pumpkin on the pumpkin express ride. That train takes you from Osceola to the Dresser depot, which is decked out for Halloween and has games. For more information, check out the website
. Located at 114 Depot Rd., Osceola, WI 54020.
4. Mid-Continent Railway Museum - North Freedom
These folks also offer a fall color train and a pumpkin train. The fall color trips are October 12, 13 and 14 this year and the pumpkin trips are October 20 and 21. Climb aboard the Pumpkin Special and make your way to Quartzite Lake where pumpkins from a local grower await your arrival. Tickets start at $20 for adults, $10 for children and the cost of the pumpkin is not included. For more information, head to their website
. Located at E8948 Museum Rd., North Freedom, WI 53951.
5. Riverside and Great Northern Railway - Wisconsin Dells
These folks have a 15-gauge light railway that runs every Saturday and Sunday in October from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. every hour on the hour. Unfortunately, they suffered some damage in all the flooding this summer, so the ride is about 10 minutes shorter, but they've lowered prices. They are also raising money for repairs. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children. Every child under the age of 12 goes home with a free pumpkin. Check out their
for more information.
Located at N115 County Rd N, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965.
6. Little Amerricka - Marshall
This vintage amusement park offers an awesome fall experience before they shut down for the season. The train runs the first three weekends in October with the first train departing at 10 a.m. and the last departing at 3:30 p.m. Concessions are available and for $3 more, you can ride their wooden roller coaster. Admission is $6.95 and includes the train ride and any one pumpkin you can carry. For more information, check out their website
. Located at 700 E Main St, Marshall, WI 53559.
7. The National Railroad Museum - Green Bay
This place is an awesome stop no matter the time of year, but in fall you get to ride a pumpkin train rain or shine and head out to a pumpkin patch. There will be indoor live entertainment, crafts, and games for children of all ages, plus the train ride and a pumpkin to take home. The rides take place on October 14 and October 21 this year. Tickets for The Great Pumpkin Train are $13 per person and children younger than two are admitted free. Find more information at their website
. Located at 2285 S Broadway, Green Bay, WI 54304.
8. East Troy Railroad - East Troy
The Elegant Farmer is an incredibly popular spot to pick all kinds of fall goodies and from there, you can hop on the East Troy Railroad. Or, start at the East Troy Depot and take the train into the Elegant Farmer to make parking easier. Learn more about the East Troy Train at their website
. Tickets are $12.50 for adults, $8 for kids.
Have you taken any of these delightful train rides? Let us know about them in the comments!
Another great way to celebrate fall is with fresh apple cider donuts!
Check out these 11 spots to get some of the most delicious donuts in the state.