Last year we shared our favorite “train stops” in Indianapolis with our Indy Star readers. Since then we’ve added a few other favorites. If your kid lives in Central Indiana and loves trains, we have some great fun for you! Check out these Indianapolis area train rides, train hotels, train events, train activities, train museums and more!
Indiana Train Rides
These family friendly train rides are close to Indianapolis or worth the drive.
Indiana Transportation Museum
The Indiana Transportation Museum will teach train enthusiasts all about the history of trains and transportation in Indiana. The museum recently moved to Logansport and we haven’t seen a lot of information about it yet but it’s on our list of places to visit. The Indiana Transportation Museum runs themed train rides; Terror Train, Hobo Days and Polar Bear Express.
Mr. Muffins Trains
Most Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Steve and Liz Nelson allow families to check out their large collection of miniature steam, diesel, and electric trains at Mr. Muffin’s Trains (165 E Main Street, Atlanta, Indiana 46031). Tiny tracks travel through miniature cities and hand painted waterscapes created by this duo. Information: (765) 292-2044 or www.mrmuffinstrains.org. Stop in and grab a bite to eat at the Choo Choo Cafe or shop at the Train Shop, also operated by the train enthusiast duo.
Pizza King Station
A great stop for lunch for train loving tots is the Indiana favorite, Pizza King Station. Several locations have a train that circles the restaurant, stopping at tables to deliver beverages. You’ll find this fun at these locations: 7045 Bluff Road and 8100 E. U.S. 36, Avon.
Broad Ripple Ice Cream Station
Broad Ripple Ice Cream Station (BRICS) is the former home of the Monon Railway Station. These days, Indianapolis area train loving families can choose from nearly 40 flavors of ice cream. On a cold day, heat up inside in front of the fireplace and on a nice day, sit on the patio and watch passerby’s on the Monon Trail. They even have a kids eat free deal on Thursdays.
Red Line Frozen Yogurt Train
Red Line Frozen Yogurt, 5920 E. Stop 11 Road, named for Chicago’s busiest rail line is a south side treat. Choose from 21 flavors of fro-yo and 50 toppings at the counter in a real train car. Take a seat at the back of the train or in the spacious shop that’s fashioned to look like a subway station. Kids will love the magnetic train themed walls. Information: (317) 881-1515.
Indiana Live Steamers Mini Train Rides
From Spring until Fall, the Indiana Live Steamers Club offers $3 train rides aboard their real steam engines once a month! Small steam engine trains run the rails at Johnson County Park (3008 Rodeo Drive, Edinburgh). Passengers pay $3 each for a 20-minute ride over and under bridges and through the woods.
Trains at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has an entire area dedicated to transportation by train. Walk in and out of a real train, operate miniature train track lights, crawl around and see the miniature displays, run a train station…there are so many “jobs” for your child who loves trains.
Crown Plaza Train Car Hotel Rooms
Stay the night at the Crown Plaza Hotel in the Old Union Station downtown. 26 of the rooms are old train cars still on the original tracks! You can even swim in the old train station!
Richmond Furniture Gallery Train Rides & Collection
Only about 90 minutes away, the city of Richmond also has a love for trains. On Saturdays and Sundays, check out the model trains and then take a free ride aboard the train at the top of the Richmond Furniture Gallery.
Seasonal Train Fun for Kids & Their Parents
– Take a ride on the Polar (Bear) Express at these locations throughout Indiana. It’s a special tradition for many train loving families.
– Conservatory Crossing is a special display of electric trains, holiday decor and poinsettias in the Garfield Park Conservatory. Enjoy a fun seek and find!
– The amazing Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg will take your breath away! The beauty of the set up created with natural goods will set the stay for your own little conductor’s future creations.
– Ride the Santa Claus Express at Celebration Crossing at the Indiana State Museum. This Indiana artifact is a historic rite in itself.