Wisconsin January 20, 2017
7 Incredible Wisconsin Day Trips You Can Take By Train
There’s something so wonderfully magical about trains. Despite the advances in technology all around us, trains still hold a mystique and make us think about life in a different way.
Wisconsin came to statehood around the same time trains became a truly integral part of our nation’s transportation history. Across the state there are options for you to not only learn about railroad history, but to use those trains as a means to get out an explore parts of our state you might not otherwise get to see.
Check out these seven Wisconsin train trips you can take in just one afternoon:
1. East Troy Electric Railroad - Easy Troy
Part of the East Troy Railroad Museum, this is the last remaining stretch of track left from the Wisconsin interurban network. Passenger excursions run on a 7-mile stretch of track from East Troy to Mukwonago. They also have a Pizza Train, a Dinner Train and multiple themed events throughout the year. A daily ticket gives you unlimited rides all day and will cost you
$12.50 for adults,
$10.50 for seniors and $8.00 for children ages 3 to 14. Located at 2002 Church St, East Troy, WI 53120. Check out their website
2. Osceola and St. Croix Railway - Osceola
There are 50 minute and 90 minute train ride options as well as brunch, pizza, dinner and a few seasonal speciality rides. Excursions run on the weekends and begin for the season in May. The St. Croix Valley Railway is located at
114 Depot Rd.
Osceola, WI. 54020.
To purchase tickets, make reservations and learn more, check out their website
3. Riverside and Great Northern
Though not quite the giant trains of some of the other locations, this train ride lets you get close to some of the wonderful scenery in the dells. It's a 5-inch gauge light railroad and the trip lasts about 40 minutes. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children and free for kids 3 and under. Located at N115 County Rd N, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965. For tickets and more information, check out their website
4. MidContinent Railway Museum - New Freedom
This 55 minute train ride on restored century-old steel coaches is everything you could imagine. They also have a Snow Train, a fall foliage train, a pumpkin train and a stars and stripes train. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children ages 3-12. Open weekends in May, September and October and open every day from June through Labor Day Weekend.
Located at E8948, Museum Rd, North Freedom, WI 53951. Get more information from their website
5. Lumberjack Steam Train and Camp 5 Museum - Laona
Not only do you get to ride an awesome steam train, but the ride takes you to a recreated logging village where there are tons of things to see and learn. Plan for at least two hours to do it all. Tickets are $20 for adults and $8 for
children ages 4-16. Season runs from June to September. Located at 5068 US-8, Laona, WI 54541. For more information, check out their website
6. Amtrak Empire Builder
This Amtrak route the runs from Chicago out to Seattle has six stops in Wisconsin. Board in Milwaukee and see the whole state before deboarding in LaCrosse. If you take the train into Minnesota, you get to ride tracks right along the Mississippi River and experience stunning views. A one-way ticket from Milwaukee (MKE) to LaCrosse (LSE) will cost you $38. Check out the
Amtrak Empire Builder webpage
to learn more.
7. Nat'l RR Museum
More railroad history than you could ever imagine. A country's worth of railroad history right at our fingertips here in Wisconsin. Admission that includes a 25 minute train ride through the museums stock is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $9.50 for children ages 2-12. Trains run from May to October. The also have a Polar Express in the winter. Located at 2285 S Broadway, Green Bay, WI 54304.
Check out their
to learn more.
Want to see more train rides in Wisconsin? Check out this
fall foliage trip.