Out of all the family-oriented activities visitors can enjoy in Phoenix, perhaps none are more exciting than a Phoenix train ride. From park trains that recreate Colorado’s narrow gauge railroads to rides that take you to see Arizona’s most amazing natural wonders, families have many locomotive travel resources to choose from.
- McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Situated right in the heart of Scottsdale, McCormick-Stillman offers lots of railroad-themed fun. From a scale-model narrow gauge railroad called the Paradise and Pacific to playgrounds for the kids and model train displays, this park has something for everyone. You’ll be entertained no matter what your age.
- Adobe Western Railroad. These miniature trains depart five times every Sunday, and you’ve got a choice of five different 30-40 minute routes. The Adobe Western is free to ride, though donations are encouraged. This Phoenix train attraction is closed during the summer.
- Freestone Railroad. Open on weekends, this replica 1880s-era engine captures the spirit of the Old Southwest as it chugs along a mile-long stretch of track through the park. A true miniature railroad engine, the Freestone will especially delight children between the ages of 2 and 10.
- Verde Canyon Railroad. When it comes to railway travel resources in and around Phoenix, the Verde Canyon Railroad is one of the best-kept secrets around. During the four-hour trip, passengers learn all about early Arizona history as they roll through old mining towns and past ancient cliff dwellings created by the Sinagua people. The tremendous scenery and the excellent historical information make this trip perfect for cultural enrichment and natural sightseeing.
There are plenty railroad-oriented attractions that tourists and local residents can enjoy throughout the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas. This list highlights some of the best trains for families in particular, but don’t forget to check out the others! Take a ride through the gorgeous Arizona landscape and get to know more about Phoenix’s trains – and Arizona’s colorful history.