Our family was hosted for this train ride for the purpose of sharing a real-life experience with our readers. All opinions are mine.
If you’ve never been to Atlanta, Indiana, you’ve got to get there! It’s home to the new Nickel Plate Express train line, Mr. Muffin’s Trains and the Choo Choo Cafe (created by the famous, Mr. Muffin.) We made our third trip up to Atlanta all in the name of trains and we hopped aboard the Pumpkin Express. This pumpkin train ride is a ton fun on the tracks!
The Pumpkin Express is a 20 minute train ride from Atlanta, Indiana to Arcadia, Indiana to the Hamilton Heights FFA Pumpkin Patch. Once you arrive at the pumpkin patch, passengers disembark to the pumpkin patch where pumpkin themed carnival games are set up, hay rides around the pumpkin patch are departing regularly and pumpkins are ready to be picked from
the field. High school students offer face painting and pumpkin carving and concessions are available for purchase. Families will have one hour to explore the pumpkin patch and participate in the fun and games.
You might also want to book your reservations early for the Reindeer Ride Express, the Christmas themed train ride through Nickel Plate Express.
The pumpkin patch is the largest fundraiser for the FFA group at Hamilton Heights and they work hard all year, planting and nurturing the pumpkin patch. The Nickel Plate Express train ride is a special way to get to the pumpkin patch — your kids will talk about it for a long time!
At the time of publishing, ticket prices were $19 for adults and $10 for kids. Pumpkin prices started at $2 and were no more than $6 for the biggest pumpkins. You will need cash to purchase pumpkins.
Pumpkin Express rides are scheduled for noon and 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in October.