301 Gap Rd, Ronks, PA 17572
If you have train-loving kids, I highly recommend making a visit to the Strasburg Railroad. This is about 2 hours from us but there is SO much for kids to do in the area (and the drive for just the train would be worth it IMO!) We were totally blown away by the quality of the Strasburg Railroad – so much so that we immediately turned around and bought tickets for their Santa train in December!
For this trip we booked one of their traditional daily rides. I loved that at the time of booking you could choose between an open air car or an enclosed car. We went with open air on a Thursday afternoon. The cost 💵 was $16.50 for adults and $9.50 for children. Our train car was nearly empty for our trip but I’m sure it fills up on weekends.
We arrived at the station an hour before departure and had no problem filling that time. There is a playground (including a huge wooden train structure) and several trains went by while we waited. The platform is beautiful – tree-lined and made with brick pavers. There are several shops including a toy store and general store, and a restaurant (Cafe 1832) with indoor and outdoor seating. All of these areas are open to the public so if you just want to check out the station and watch trains go by, that’s an option too!
The train ride is a 45 minute out and back. You have the option of getting off at one of their 2 picnic groves and catching a later train back, you just have to let the conductor know. If you get off at Groff’s Picnic Grove, you can even access Cherry Crest Farm from the train!
The views are stunning – the train takes you through rolling corn fields and farms. We sat right behind the engine (for the first half .. second half the engine detaches and moves to the other end of the train) which was a little loud for the girls at first. BUT there was a cool observation deck where they could stand have a great view of the engine and the surrounding areas. This train ride was a total highlight for the twins (and us!). Really cannot recommend it enough!
After riding don’t forget to stop at the Strasburg Creamery for some of the best ice cream ever. Just 5 minutes away, this old fashioned ice cream parlor and country store serves homemade ice cream as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner items.
For more information on where to stay and other things to do in Lancaster County, check out my blog post here!
🚽 Bathrooms 🚽: clean bathrooms at station but not on the train – go before you board!
🅿️: huge parking lot (free)
👩👧👦Solo w/ kids?👩👧👦: yes
😷: All staff was masked. They are asking unvaccinated guests to mask on the train, but PA does not currently have a mask mandate.
🛒 Stroller friendly?🛒: station yes, train no
⏰: 45 minute ride
🧺 Picnic Tables: yes, at playground and around station