Get out of town for the day or plan an overnight trip with these train experiences in Atlanta and beyond. They’re perfect for families who love locomotives.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Over 50 miles of track through many tunnels and bridges, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad takes you and your kids on journeys through scenic areas of North Carolina. Specialty excursions occur during holiday seasons throughout the year.

Tennessee Valley Railroad

Choose from a variety of trains: Missionary Ridge Local, Hiwassee River Rail Adventure and more to see scenic views of the Tennessee wilderness. Prices vary by excursion.

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

The tours go around the Toccoa River and to the towns of McCaysville, Ga. and Copperhill, Tenn.

SAM Shoreline Excursion Train

Watermelon or Peanut Express Train Rides: Travel to Jimmy Carter’s childhood home by train, explore the museum and sample peanut butter treats. During the Peanut Express, explore the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum.

Tweetsie Railroad

Head to this amusement park with rides of all kinds from Tilt-A-Whirl to the Tweetsie Twister, enjoy live entertainment and the petting zoo. The park has various themed train rides throughout the year.

Closer to Home

Stone Mountain Scenic Railway

Climb aboard the full-size locomotive from the 1940s with open-air cars that will take you on a five-mile excursion around the mountain. Marvel at beautiful views of Stone Mountain and the surrounding landscape. Included with daily adventure pass.

Southeastern Railway Museum

Walk around and explore the 90 pieces of historic steam and diesel locomotives. Kids can pretend to be a engineer for the day while they explore train cabooses, see giant wheels and more. Don’t miss the Second Thursday preschool program every month.

The Southern Museum

Experience the history of railroads in the South through models and hands-on activities. Kids can head to the telegraph stations to send messages via Morse Code or drive a replica train on their own. The Mommy & Me Preschool Program is every Thursday, and includes different themes each month.

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