Strasburg Railroad Easter Bunny Train
Spring is in the air, and what a great time for train lovers to head over to the Strasburg Railroad, located in beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
We had the pleasure to ride aboard the Strasburg Railroad Easter Bunny Train this spring. This was our second trip on the railroad (went for Christmas), but lucky for us, this time there was no rain – yay. We were able to enjoy so much more this time around, and there really was plenty to do. You should plan to arrive early or stay after your ticketed time to enjoy all that there is at the station.
The kids were pretty excited to see the train pull into the station with none other than the Easter Bunny waving at them.
Even though I have been on the train before, I am still amazed by the quality of the trains. They remind you to keep your feet off the seats, and you can see that everyone follows the rules. The cars are so clean!
The Strasburg Railroad Easter Bunny Train itself is about 40 minutes long and goes through beautiful Lancaster County and ends in Paradise. My kids loved just watching the beautiful farmlands, trying to find animals, waving at cars, and checking out all the other sites. Over the speakers they announced various landmarks to see. The kids favorite was when they stopped the train to *call* for the wolf to see if he would answer. Of course the kids don’t know that it was just an echo when the fox answered. I guess they now know what a fox says. *wink*
Of course, the star of the show was none other than the Easter Bunny. She was so kind to stop and chat with all quests, not just the kids. And, when I say chat, I really mean made adorable rabbit noises. A professional photographer was on hand to capture the special visit, but personal photos were allowed as well. What a special memory for the children. The Easter Bunny also gave each child a large lollipop.
We got really lucky with the weather that day, the forecast called for rain – but it was nothing but overcast. The kids were thrilled to be able to enjoy all the attractions at the railroad.
Our first stop was the playground area. There is a cool wooden train that they children can climb in and pretend to drive the train, as well as a swing set. It was hard to pull the kids away from the area. We actually went back several times since the kids loved it so much. I did see a sign for free Wi-Fi – but we didn’t have time to sit and relax, too much stuff to do.
The kids were excited to try out the hand-crank rail cars. These were available back at Christmas time, but since it was raining, they missed out. The cars go around a small track, powered by the kids themselves. My petite 4 year was able to do it all by herself. But, even little ones can join the fun as parents can use a stick to push the car. Even the 9 year old loved these cars.
Next up was the Pint-Sized Pufferbelly. A REAL train, just in mini size. The kids were fascinated to see the engineer load up the coal, crank up the heat and watch the train move. It goes in a loop, and is a short ride – but the kids loved it.
We ate before we arrived, but there is the Trackside Cafe where you can grab a bite to eat or a small snack before or after your train ride. Menu selections include freshly-made pizza, cheesesteaks, burgers, grilled chicken, salads and plenty of tempting desserts.
No visit would be complete without a trip to one of the gift shops. I love how they had a large Thomas the Train table set up encouraging the kids to play. We don’t have a train table, so it is always a treat to play with one. The gift shop has a lot to choose from in many price points, so it was pretty easy to find something in our budget.
Of course we could not leave without checking out our Easter Bunny photo. We actually got a great shot!
It was a great day for the whole family. The Strasburg Railroad has several themed train rides coming up, including The Great Train Robbery, Vintage Baseball Day, Day out with Thomas, and Steampunk. Lancaster County had many attractions, the Strasburg Railroad is just one stop on your trip!