You have got to go here…McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park – Scottsdale, AZ.
What do you do when you are driving to eat and you see a park full of trains? You go eat, and then head right back to the park for fun.
True story, that is how we discovered one of the coolest places in Scottsdale, the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.
There is no fee to enter the park (which is full of train themed playgrounds, and nominal fees to ride on the trains/carousel and enter the museum (although the coolest museum is FREE..stay tuned).
A single ride, or entrance to the museum is $2, but do yourself a favor and just get an all day wristband for $10. We got their late, so just bought tickets to ride the actual trains.
OK, you got your tickets, now let’s ride!
We started with the Paradise & Pacific Railroad which took us around almost the entire park and through several tunnels.
This train allowed you to sit in groups facing each other, and spoiler alert…it was SUPER FUN!!!
Next, we headed over to the Arboretum Railroad (only open on Saturdays), which was my favorite. It is a small steam train that you ride front to back, so basically everyone gets their own car. You take a leisurely ride through a little miniature town and several tunnels.
Please note, we did not have children with us and were not embarrassed at all. This park is for the young, and young at heart!
Unfortunately we only had time to do one more thing, and chose to visit the FREE Model Railroad Exhibit, and I am so glad we did! I have never seen so many model railroads, each display more elaborate then the next.
I seriously could have spent all day in here!
Next time I can’t wait to make time to visit the Railroad Museum and ride the carousel.
If you are in the Scottsdale area, and are looking for something inexpensive and FUN to do with people of all ages, you must not miss the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.