Train museums keep kids out of regular museums, where they could knock over antiquities or see a bathing lady for the first time. Use your outdoor voice with this Groupon.
$5 for a Scenic Train Ride ($10 Value)
Choose from eight dates:
- July 1 at 1:30 p.m.
- July 1 at 4 p.m.
- August 5 at 1:30 p.m.
- August 5 at 4 p.m.
- September 2 at 1:30 p.m.
- September 2 at 4 p.m.
- October 7 at 1:30 p.m.
- October 7 at 4 p.m.
Up to 300 passengers hop aboard the diesel engine train for a 9-mile ride through scenic pine trees. Narration pipes through the cabins during each jaunt, expounding upon railway history as trains pull out of Bonsal and then back into the station after 55 minutes.
New Hope Valley Railway
Part of the North Carolina Railway Museum, the New Hope Valley Railway shepherds passengers through pine forest aboard vintage diesel and steam-engine trains. Covered cars protect riders from the elements, while a historic open-air caboose allows them to recline in locomotive fashion as they enjoy the shade of the woods, the breeze of the wind, and the harmonious serenade of local wildlife choirs. Trains depart from and return to Bonsal Depot, where a gift shop awaits filled with keepsake merchandise and a display track showcases vintage railroad equipment.
Free to the public, the North Carolina Railway Museum houses historic railway artifacts including vintage trains from builders such as Vulcan Iron Works and General Electric. On select Saturdays and Sundays, the Railway lets passengers take control of diesel-electric or steam-engine trains to experience firsthand life as a conductor.