Kid-Friendly Fall Railroad Fun
Watch the leaves change color while riding on these trains through the countryside. Let your kids experience a historic way of traveling, and enjoy seasonal programing and entertainment on your journey.
The Tennessee Valley Railroad and Museum. Chattanooga, Tenn.
Ride the Missionary Ridge Trail, which travels through Missionary tunnel on a steam or vintage diesel locomotive. Several themed trips available. 4119 Cromwell Rd., Chattanooga.
423-894-8028. Advance tickets required. tvrail.com
Halloween Eerie Express. A 90-minute ride featuring an evening of storytelling, petting zoo, indoor black light mini golf, coloring contests and a walk through the Fun House. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes, and prizes will be given for the best boy’s and girl’s costume. Fridays and Saturdays in Oct. 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; additional trip Sat. 3:30 p.m. $22 each; ages 1 and younger, free.
Tweetsie Railroad. Blowing Rock, N.C.
Hop on a train or a carnival ride, and don’t miss the live shows, farm animals and other fun activities. Several themed trips available. U.S. Hwy. 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock, NC. 877-893-3874. Advance tickets required. tweetsie.com.
Ghost Train Halloween Festival. Visit the 3-D maze, the Freaky Forest and of course, the Ghost Train! Older kids and adults, visit the Haunted House. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 31, 7:30-11:30 p.m. $36; younger than 2, free.
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Bryson City, N.C.
The Railroad offers a variety of scenic, round-trip excursions. Trips range from 3 ½ hours to a full day of fun and adventure. 226 Everett St., Bryson City, NC. 1-800-872-4681. Advance tickets required. gsmr.com
Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express. Kids can pick their own pumpkin, meet Charlie, Lucy and Snoopy and enjoy hayrides and music. Wear your costumes. Weekends in Oct. Fri. 3:30 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. Noon and 3 p.m. Adults, $56; ages 2-12, $32; younger than 2, free.