Bowie Railroad Museum
8614 Chestnut Ave
Bowie, MD 20715
If you have a train-loving kid – this little spot is worth the visit! The Bowie Railroad Museum is located in Old Town Bowie next to Old Bowie Town Grille and along the train tracks. The museum is open Friday-Sunday from 12-1:30 and 2-4 pm. When the museum is closed, the grounds and train car are still accessible (this is what we did!). There is a real train caboose on display – kids can climb up onto it and play with the steering wheel (pre-Covid you could go inside the car as well). There is also a large grassy area with a bench and 2 picnic tables. You are almost guaranteed a train sighting here… every time we’ve been we have seen at least 2 (Amtrak and Marc trains). I love that you can get super close to the trains but that everything is fenced off so I can let the kids run around without having to worry. There is a nice paved flat walking trail along the train tracks. If you follow the path under the bridge, there is a new playground that just opened in May 2021 called Bowie Heritage Park. Click here to read more about this new park!
This is a perfect spot to bring something to eat and watch the trains go by! Old Bowie Town Grille is located right next door and has carry out available. You can order online and pick up your food and bring it to one of the picnic tables In the field along the train tracks. Their food is amazing and this is a great way to support a small, local, family owned business after such a tough few years.
🚽 Bathrooms 🚽: No
👩👧👦Solo w/ kids?👩👧👦: Yes
🛒 Stroller friendly?🛒: Yes
🦠Covid-safe🦠: yes, always been empty when we visit
🅿️Parking🅿️: Very small parking lot past the restaurant
⏰Timing⏰: about 1 hr.