It’s no secret that Huntsville is known for rockets – we’re Rocket City USA!
But this city is a boon for little train enthusiasts everywhere… IF you know the places to look. When you’ve got a kid that’s crazy for Thomas the Tank Engine, or goes nuts for anything on rails, Huntsville can be a great place to explore!
Little Toot’s Imagination Station
A hidden gem located inside of the Historic Huntsville Depot, this indoor play area is perfect for the smallest of train lovers. Kids can play dress-up with the assortment of costumes, and pretend to be the conductor at the ticket counter of the wooden train and caboose. Outside, the Depot itself is a treasure trove of train paraphernalia, and kids can ride the miniature train on the grounds during warmer weather.
Catch the Bridgestreet Train
Another great hidden Huntsville train for wee ones can be found at one of our favorite places to shop – Bridgestreet Town Center. You can take a fun-filled, scenic ride through the promenade past shops, restaurants and Monaco Pictures, over the cobblestone bridge, and near the lake at $3 per person.
North Alabama Railroad Museum
For kids who want to take a ride on an actual working train, this is the place to be. Not only does NARM host regular kid-friendly train excursions, they coordinate them around your favorite holidays. The Santa Train, Punkin’ Pickin’ Run, and the Peter Cottontail Express are just a few. The wonderful people at the museum are very knowledgeable and love to share their wisdom with train lovers of all ages.
Trains on Main in Madison
Before Madison was a bustling suburb, it was important train station for the state of Alabama. The trains still run right through Main Street, and now kids have a hands-on activity that can keep them busy for a few hours! Trains On Main is a scavenger-hunt through downtown Madison, with kids using clues to help them find all the tiny trains hidden through out the city. Pick up a clue card at the Madison Chamber of Commerce to search for the eight bronze trains. There’s a small prize if you return your clue card with all the hiding spots!
Stephenie has worked with and around books and authors for over 12 years, both at retail booksellers and public libraries. She is a rare Huntsville native, mother of two high-energy boys, wife of one, and eerily addicted to community volunteering. When she's not being the Managing Editor for RCM she likes to stalk her favorite authors online, cook with way too much butter, and also manages to conduct freelance marketing and PR work.