All Aboard Family Friendly Rides

Tickets for upcoming events from January through April will go on sale on December 7 at 9:00 a.m. for members. Tickets will be available to the public on December 14 at 9:00 a.m.  

These short, interactive train rides are perfect for the whole family. If your little ones love princesses and superheroes, we recommend Royalty on the Rails and Superheroes on the Train. We also offer build-your-own stuffed animal workshops, holiday crafts, cookie-decorating rides and more!

At a Glance: 

  • 2-hour round-trip excursions
  • 9:45 a.m. and 1:55 p.m. departures from the Peninsula Station
  • Tickets range from $20-$40, depending on the program
  • Children 3 and up need a ticket. Children under the age of 3 do not need a ticket but must sit on a parent’s or guardian’s lap.

Craft & Bingo

These short, interactive train rides are perfect for the whole family. Climb aboard and spend the afternoon crafting on the train! On board, we’ll provide the supplies to color and decorate crafts that you can take home to your friends and family.

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Board Games

Come ride the rails through Cuyahoga Valley National Park while you enjoy tabletop games in one of our table cars. We’ll provide a few classics, a set of cards for your family to take home and you can bring your own fun games on board!

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Furry Friends

Climb aboard this half-loop excursion for an afternoon stuffed with family fun! Take in the sights of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park while you receive step-by-step instructions on how to bring your new friend to life!

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Read Aboard

Join us for an hour and a half exciting train ride through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Come read train and other themed books, sing songs, listen to stories, and create an art project or two, while riding the rails.

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Tasty Treats

These short, interactive train rides are perfect for the whole family. Climb aboard and spend the afternoon decorating cookies or cupcakes with a variety of fun toppings. On board, we’ll provide all the supplies, you just need to bring your creative decorating ideas.

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Trains, Tracks and Trails

Climb aboard for this half-loop experience to learn about the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. One of CVSR’s knowledgeable volunteers or staff will teach you about our trains, the history of this form of transportation, and what nature lives within the park. This educational experience for young children will include interactive activities for each table. Hop on board and see the park from a different view.

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Princess PJ Party

Climb aboard for super ride! Join us for an afternoon on the train to listen to stories, sing songs, and enjoy a sweet treat! Here you will have the opportunity to receive autographs and take pictures with some special guests. Everyone will be dressed in their best, you should be too! We can’t wait to see you there in your party wear! Children are encouraged to dress up in costumes.

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St. Patrick's Day Party

These short, interactive train rides are perfect for the whole family. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day onboard the train! Each guest will receive a delicious cookie and their choice of juice or water. Along with your treats, passengers will enjoy story time, coloring, and a fun activity. Green attire is encouraged!

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Riding with a Ranger

Climb aboard to learn more about what the Cuyahoga Valley National Park has to offer! One of the Park’s many knowledgeable Rangers will lead the car to share the stories of wildlife, nature, and the history of CVNP. Hop onboard and see the park from a different view.

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Tea Party

These short, interactive train rides are perfect for the whole family. Bring your finest tea party manners onboard the train! Each guest will receive a delicious cookie and their choice of tea or juice. Along with your treats, passengers will enjoy story time, coloring, and a fun activity. Festive tea party attire is encouraged!

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Character Trains

Climb aboard for super ride! Join us for an afternoon on the train to listen to stories, sing songs, and enjoy a sweet treat! Here you will have the opportunity to receive autographs and take pictures with some special guests. Everyone will be dressed in their best, you should be too! We can’t wait to see you there in your party wear! Children are encouraged to dress up in costumes.

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Make Music on the Train

These short, interactive train rides are perfect for the whole family. Bring your finest tea party manners onboard the train! Each guest will receive a delicious cookie and their choice of tea or juice. Along with your treats, passengers will enjoy story time, coloring, and a fun activity. Festive tea party attire is encouraged!

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Magic on the Rails

Climb aboard and spend a magical afternoon on the train! On board, you’ll get to experience a magical show with our friend from Magic by Kel and create a mystical craft to go along with your journey.

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Earth Day Science: Owl Pellets

These short, interactive train rides are perfect for the whole family. Dive into the science of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on this Earth Day ride! Scientists from the Great Lakes Science Center will guide you through the hands-on dissection of real owl pellets. Discover the owl’s diet and habitat by exploring the evidence they left behind. “Scientist” ticket includes your very own dissection kit with a unique owl pellet and all the tools needed to complete this study. Dissection activity is recommended for ages 8 and up. “Assistant” tickets do NOT include a dissection kit and are intended for a passenger that is accompanying a scientist.

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Easter Bunny Ride

Climb aboard for super ride! Join us for an afternoon on the train to listen to stories, singing songs, and enjoy a sweet treat! Each passenger will have the chance to take pictures with our extra-special guest, the Easter Bunny! Everyone will be dressed in their best, you should be too! We can’t wait to see you there in your best Easter attire!

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Let the North Pole Adventure™ begin! Please remember all trains depart from the Rockside station. 🎄