Los Angeles might have terrible public transportation, but somehow we are rocking it on places to take your budding engineer. Here’s 5 practically free locations all over Southern California to have some loco locomotive fun!
Open every day except Christmas, Travel Town Museum on Zoo Drive offers FREE admission to peruse the grounds and let your children stand beside historical engines of Los Angeles. Miniature Train Rides are also available for less than the price of your Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Keep the train running by heading over to the Griffith Park & Southern Railroad in Los Feliz. Here, it’s strictly about riding trains (or ponies) so be sure to read the schedule before you head out, and make sure you’re not heading over during an off hour like lunch. Ticket prices are $3.50 for adults, and $3 for children, and the train loops around a pretty extensive track two times.
Coming up on November 23rd, you can also catch the Holiday Light Festival Train, which offers seasonal fun and extended evening hours from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Tickets for the Holiday Train are $5, and I recommend getting there at 4:40 pm if you want to minimize your wait time with your little ones.
Experience your own La La Land on the 117-year-old funicular at California Plaza or South Hill Street in Downtown Los Angeles. Quite literally remove the uphill battle with your children as you ride between Hill Street and Grand Avenue on Bunker Hill!
They are open every day of the year from 6:45 am till 10:00 pm, and it costs $1 each way, or just .50 cents if you have a tap card!
Heralded as one of the last great train stations, Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles is a working train station since 1939, and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the West!
Visit every Thursday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm for a Farmer’s Market, or take part in their Boo-nion Station Halloween on October 27th and 28th from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
First begun in the 1950s for Trolley preservation by the Electric Railway Historical Association of Southern California, the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, California has now become a place to view historical engines of all kinds!
All history aside, one of the biggest draws that would inspire one to make the trek to Perris are the weekend events like the Pumpkin Patch Express going on now, and my personal favorite: The Day Out with Thomas Big Adventures Tour kicking off on November 3rd!