Traveling by train avoids the lost baggage, unexpected layovers, and sudden plummets in altitude that have become synonymous with traveling by catapult. Discover the pleasures of the steel track with today’s Groupon to Gold Coast Railroad Museum. Choose between the following options:
- For $6, you get two general-admission museum tickets (up to a $12 value).
- For $12, you get two general-admission museum tickets and a caboose or coach ride (up to a $24 value).<p>
Admission for children aged 3–12 is normally $4, and children 2 or younger get in free.<p>
Gold Coast Railroad Museum’s nine educational exhibits and massive collection of rail-hugging machines keep visitors immersed in industrial history and stories of human ingenuity. Since 1956, steam-engine enthusiasts have equipped the rail menagerie with more than 40 pieces of rolling stock, including the Pullman-built Ferdinand Magellan—a 142.5-ton armor-plated railcar that President Franklin D. Roosevelt used to travel the nation and President Harrison Ford used to deliver one-liners. The operational locomotive display also includes a 1941 diesel-electric engine, which NASA often used to transport spacecraft components. A vast exhibition building showcases several miniature miles of model-train displays, and an air-conditioned Belle Glade passenger coach chugs along with a classic caboose as passengers gaze out windows for 20 minutes as scenery rolls by.
Gold Coast Railroad Museum
The Gold Coast Railroad Museum began in 1956, when train enthusiast William J. Godfrey chanced upon the miles of abandoned railroad track snaking through the pineland of University of Miami’s southern campus. He imported a newly retired steam engine to the premises, and a tribute to railroading history began.
Now in a new location in Miami proper, the museum continues to honor trains’ role in American history, with nine exhibits on locomotives, passenger cars, and the Richmond’s Naval Air Station’s fleet. Visitors can hop aboard a full-size diesel locomotive passenger coach, or take a ride a miniature children’s railroad that’s ideal for transporting shipments of Lincoln logs. Alternatively, they can run motorized or free-wheeling trains through a model railroad, which zips through mountain tunnels and circles around to-scale landscapes.
Richmond Naval Air Station
12450 SW 152nd St.
Miami, Florida 33177