Trains provide a much more efficient way of travel than walking, strapping 500 Hot Wheels to the bottom of a boat, or pulling onto the highway with a kite-drawn chariot. Relish in innovative voyaging vessels with today’s Groupon to the Museum of Transportation. Choose from the following options:
- For $8, you get two admission tickets and two miniature-train-ride tickets (up to a $20 value).
- For $15, you get four admission tickets and four miniature-train-ride tickets (up to a $40 value).
- For $50, you get a one-year Navigator family membership for up to six people (a $110 value). The membership includes:
Founded in 1944, the Museum of Transportation transports visitors to the horse-powered past with more than 70 locomotives—including a mid-1800s Union Pacific track rider—and more than 200 road vehicles, such as a car built in 1901 by the St. Louis Motor Carriage Company. Boasting what Frommer's calls “one of the most complete collections of American rail power anywhere,” the Museum of Transportation displays Big Boy, the largest successful steam engine ever built, and has one of the first manmade railroad tunnels west of the Mississippi River on its property. Pint-size patrons can speed toward the Creation Station, a hands-on learning center for children 5 and younger (additional $1.50 admission fee not included), and motor maniacs can visit the museum during one of the car shows, with future themes including the All-Chevy Show and the Oldsmobile Fun Show. Also included in today’s Groupon are tickets for the miniature-train ride, which departs daily.
Museum of Transportation
The Museum of Transportation sprawls across 129 acres, presenting its vast collection of automobiles, boats, planes, and trains dating from the mid-1800s to the present day. More than 70 massive locomotives reside in the museum, including the largest successful steam locomotive, the Union Pacific Big Boy—though later examinations revealed that the train is actually female. Explore rare autos—including a motor carriage dating back to 1901 and rides owned by Dean Martin and W.C. Fields—and a fleet of military aircraft that constantly snubs visitors by pointing their nose cones skyward. A miniature locomotive leads a following of bright-red cars around the museum grounds, and the hands-on Creation Station gives tots aged 5 and under the opportunity to familiarize themselves with modes of transportation outside of diesel-powered strollers.