Are you looking for a train ride in Chattanooga, Tennessee to enjoy with your family?
Tennessee Valley Railroad offers themed train rides that are perfect for kids of all ages, including toddlers! My daughter and I enjoyed a trip on one of Tennessee Valley Railroad’s fall train rides: The Halloween Eerie Express.
In this post, I will discuss the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and the events offered throughout the year.
Train Ride Events
Throughout the year, Tennessee Valley Railroad hosts different specialty themed train rides in the Chattanooga area. I cannot recommend these kid-friendly trips enough!
They are really well-organized and full of super fun activities! Below are some of the events you will find at Tennessee Valley Railroad:
Halloween Eerie Express
The Halloween Eerie Express is the train ride I recently attended with my daughter. Once we were allowed to board the train, we easily found seats for the two of us.
My daughter really enjoyed the whole ride to Funhouse Station and just watched the scenery out the window the whole time. It was really fun to see all of the elaborate Halloween costumes on the train too!
Once the train arrived at the station, we grabbed seats inside to listen to the Halloween story. The narrator of the story instructed the kids to do motions or make sounds for particular parts of the book, which made the whole activity interactive for the kids.
After the story they announced a winner of a costume contest, and then we were divided into two groups. The first group headed to the Eerie Fun House while the other group, which was the group we were in, headed to the tables with arts and crafts.
The kids could color Halloween themed pictures and get temporary tattoos. Halloween candy and cider were available in this area too and were a huge hit!
After we finished the arts and Crafts activities, our group switched over to the Eerie Fun House. Each room had a different theme, but thankfully none of them were scary. We liked it so much that we did it twice!
Once we completed the Eerie Fun House, we played miniature golf in a room with a black light and glow in the dark balls. Then it was time to board the train for the ride home!
Before climbing back on board the Halloween Eerie Express, the kids were given special gifts for attending the festivities. They could choose a small pumpkin and a goody bag full of small Halloween treats and prizes.
North Pole Christmas Ride
This annual event with Tennessee Valley Railroad includes a train ride to the North Pole. With the North Pole Unlimited event, families can write letters to Santa after embarking on the train.
You will enjoy hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies as you ride along listening to Christmas stories. As they train travels to the “North Pole,” kids will be delighted to see the decorative Christmas lights that have been set up to view outside the train windows.
Once you arrive at the North Pole, you will be greeted by Santa before enjoying more activities. Those in attendance will also receive special Christmas themed parting gifts before returning to the train at the end of their trip.
Hiwassee Holiday Train
This is another Tennessee Valley Railroad event sure to get you in the Christmas spirit! The Hiwassee Holiday Train rides along the river gorge where you will be front row to some beautiful scenery.
This holiday ride includes Santa sightings, treats, Christmas activities, and hot chocolate!
Easter Bunny Train
Similar to the Christmas themed train rides offered by Tennessee Valley Railroad, the Easter Bunny Train provides family friendly fun during the spring and Easter season.
Board the train for a fun trip to the fun house where you will get to partake in arts, crafts, and activities all with an Easter theme. Grab photos of the Easter bunny before boarding the train back to the station.
Day out with Thomas
Fans of Thomas & Friends will adore this kid-friendly train ride with their favorite characters from the popular kids’ show.
Those in attendance get to experience Thomas themed crafts, coloring, story telling, and interactions with their favorite characters.
Dinner Train Rides
In addition to the shorter themed train rides, Tennessee Valley Railroad offers longer rides with full meals aboard their themed trains.
Christmas Dinner Train
The Christmas Dinner Train consists of a three course meal as you travel along in your historic train car.
When you book your ticket to this event, you are asked to choose from one of three entrees. The meal also includes side items, beverages (non-alchoholic), and one dessert.
New Year’s Eve Dinner Train
Similar to the Christmas Dinner Train, the New Year’s Eve Dinner Train consists of a three course meal in one of the historic train cars. It is important to note that Tennessee Valley Railroad does not have a dress code for this event; however, people tend to dress up for this New Year’s Eve themed ride.
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Once you arrive at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum for your themed train ride, you can park in their spacious lot for free. You will notice lots of huge trains on display near the parking lot, which make great photo ops.
I was immediately impressed with TVR’s organization of our Halloween special event. The lawn in front of the train station was full of kid-friendly activities that families could enjoy before their train ride.
They had a petting zoo with goats for kids to pet and feed. They also had a couple adorable ponies available for kids to ride!
Overall, this was such a cute activity for our family!
Whether you are taking a Christmas, Valentine’s, Spring, or other special ride with TVR, you are sure to have an equally amazing experience!
The activities are VERY organized, and it’s a great way to spend time with kids in the Chattanooga area.
You can click here to see TVR’s list of all the themed train rides they offer in Chattanooga!
Have you tried one of the Chattanooga train rides with your kids?
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