Now open, Little Toot’s Imagination Station is a darling play room for kids under the age of six. The room features a play diner with play food and dishes, a wall of costumes for dress-up, a wooden train, ticket counter, baggage claim, a play garage and gas station with tools, a reading corner, plenty of seating, and much more. Restrooms are located right outside, which I found very helpful!
Outside, you’ll find a train that the adults and kids alike can climb in. There is also an Auto House that was my little boy’s favorite during our visit, and it houses a vintage fire truck and firefighter costumes along with other cars, trucks, and a covered wagon. The kids can even climb in them and pretend to drive! You’ll also find a Studabaker car, which is one of only six in the whole country. Restrooms are also available inside the Auto House.
Admission also includes a trolley ride! And there is a large pavilion if you want to bring your own lunch. Guided tours of the three-story museum are given to individuals and groups — you don’t have to make an appointment; walk-in are welcome, and you might see staff dressed soldiers or train conductors. On the second floor is a large model train set that is set up to look like the Depot did in 1862. It has lots of buttons that kids can press. The third floor features Civil War history and actual graffiti from soldiers.
If you visit when the weather is cold, be sure to dress appropriately because a lot of the fun stuff is outdoors.
If you have a train lover in the family, this is a great place for birthday parties. They have a Birthday Caboose for you to use for cake and presents and your party guests will also enjoy a Thomas the Train movie, a trolley ride, and two hours of play.
Where: Huntsville Historic Depot, 320 Church Street, Huntsville, AL 35801
Cost: $5.00 per person; babies under two are free.
Heather Phillips and her husband are high school sweethearts originally from Kentucky. Heather worked in the fields of public relations and marketing for over 13 years before becoming a stay at home mom to their two boys. Heather has enjoyed volunteer work her whole life and is active in the animal rescue community here in Madison County.