Train Rides for Kids:
Folsom Valley Railway located outside the Folsom Zoo at 403 Stafford Street in Folsom.
Enjoy a ride around the park on a “real” steam engine. Tickets are only $2.00.
The Train at the Fountains in Roseville- located at the center of the mall on Roseville Parkway and Galleria Boulevard. Take a break from shopping at one of the most popular and upscale malls in the Sacramento area and let the kids enjoy a train ride around the outside mall. Train runs daily from 11am-6pm, but takes a “rest” from 2-3pm. Ticket fare is only $2.
Sacramento Valley Live Steamers at Hagan Community Park in Rancho Cordova. This is a family organization dedicated to preserving the love and history of American steam railroading with a large scale fully functioning steam engine and a railroad for children and adults alike to ride on and enjoy. You can take a scenic ride through the park with views of the American River on this local train. Check their website for times of departures. On December 3,4,10 and 11 from 12pm-4pm you can ride the rain and have pictures taken with Santa Claus!
Sacramento River Train departs from Woodland and is a must -do activity for visitors coming into town. You can choose regular scenic trips, dinner mysteries, brunches, etc. etc. But- for a family outing, the Christmas Train tops the list! The family Christmas train trip features story-telling, Christmas Carols, Elves, Cookies and Hot Cocoa and of course- a visit from Jolly St. Nick! The trip lasts about 90minutes and pajamas are welcomed. November 26th, December 4th, 11th and 17th-23rd. Adult tickets $29, Children ages 2-12 are $23.
The Sacramento Railroad Museum is a great place to visit if you have children who love trains. During the non- winter months you can also ride the train departing from Old Sacramento along the river. This is especially fun for kids of all ages, and will start back up in April.
Hopefully this list will help you choose a fun and educational outing for your kids. If you have found other rides that are not mentioned here, please let us know and we would love to post your findings.