Adirondack Scenic Railroad

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Customer Reviews

79 Ratings

Very enjoyable and relaxing!
Therese C. · June 16, 2016
The ADK Beer & Wine Train is wonderful. It's a nice night to relax, drink some wine or beer, enjoy music and have a great time riding the rails through our beautiful state.
Robin R. · September 16, 2014
Loved it. A lot of history.
Michael D. · August 31, 2014

What You'll Get

Choose Between Two Options

  • $45 for a scenic round-trip train ride from Utica to Thendara for two ($75 value)
  • $89 for a scenic round-trip train ride from Utica to Thendara for four ($150 value)

Trains set out from Union Station in Utica at 9:30 a.m., chugging past panoramic views of the Adirondacks’ thick forests, gurgling rivers and streams, and wildlife before pulling into Thendara Station at 11:45. A shuttle bus (not wheelchair-accessible) ferries riders to Old Forge, where shops and eateries dot the horizon. At 4:45 p.m., they board trains back to Utica, arriving at 7:00 p.m. Click here for departure dates and additional information.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Sep 20, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required; subject to availability. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Adirondack Scenic Railroad

The locomotives were just becoming commonplace in the early 19th century, when the New York Central and Hudson River railroads were completed. A member of the legendary Vanderbilt family, Dr. William Webb capitalized on unfolding innovations by privately financing a railroad to his hunting preserve in the Adirondack Mountains. The route wound through treacherous terrain via 17 bridges and numerous service buildings, some of which still are still used to trick time-travelers into thinking they're finally home. Despite these complications, the tracks materialized within just 18 months and were soon whisking the Vanderbilts and other wealthy families to their opulent wilderness estates.

After several decades in disrepair, the tracks were rehabilitated by the railroad enthusiasts of Adirondack Scenic Railroad, who resurrected an initial four-mile stretch in 1992. Since having the railroad officially declared a Historic Place, they continue to unveil new sections, eventually securing routes from Utica to Carter Station, and between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Today, retro locomotives, some built as early as the 1940s, chug through the rippling rivers and wildlife-rich forests of 600-million-acre Adirondack Park, letting passengers drink in the view. Though the railcars boast vintage touches, such as mahogany paneling haunted by the ghosts of Franklin Pierce, they are equipped with modern touches including air conditioning and fully loaded kitchens.

Many Adirondack Scenic Railroad rides provide other entertainments to supplement scenery. In the Doo Wop Train, waitresses from ‘50s-themed The Soda Fountain in Remsen pump up patrons for a mid-century feast at the eatery while en route to Remsen Station. Other themed excursions ooze with intrigue, including murder mysteries and train robberies, while some more laid-back jaunts simply convey riders to historically-rich towns such as Old Forge.

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