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Everything about fall in Ohio makes me want to get outside and explore.
From the stunning fall foliage to the ever-growing list of epic family-friendly fall festivals and events, it’s hard to imagine a more idyllic time of year in Ohio. If you’re looking for a unique way to take in vibrant colors or celebrate the season, I’ve got a suggestion.
Ohio has some fantastic train rides out there, just waiting for you to hop aboard for a good time. From smaller trains geared towards kids, to full-blown fancy train cars, there are so many seasonal train rides to choose from. Let’s dive right in.
The Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad (LM&M Railroad)
LM&M Railroad offers historic train rides in Warren County Ohio departing from downtown Lebanon. Get cozy in a vintage passenger while the historic diesel locomotive whisks you through the countryside. Of course, every train ride is a little more fun when you have an awesome destination in mind. The Pumpkin Patch Express is a ride that lsts about 2 hours total, which includes a layover at the Pumpkin Patch so visitors can pick up some festive decor.
Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc.
Looking to take the kids on their first train experience? The Halloween Express is a non-scary Halloween train ride, offering some fun for the whole fam all while admiring carved jack-o-lanterns.
Website: Northwest Ohio Railroad Presevation
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Fall Flyer
There is, perhaps, no fall train more iconic in the state of Ohio than the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Fall Flyer. The train ride lasts about two hours and you’ll want to spend every single minute admiring the absolutely jaw-dropping views.
Website: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Ghost Trolley at the Ohio Railway Museum
This is a Halloween event designed for younger children to have fun and not be frightened. Kids and adults alike can hop aboard the old trolly car to hear the spooky story of the Ghost Trolley. Tours run frequently on weekends throughout the end of the month and it’s just a quick drive up to Worthington from Columbus.
Website: Ohio Railway Museum
Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
Want to see a side of southeastern Ohio you’ve never seen before? I highly recommend spending a little time riding the rails of the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway. Trains run all weekend long, from Thursday-Sunday. Tickets on this train sell out quickly, so if you’re thinking about going, be sure to book relatively quickly.
Website: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
Now get out there and start exploring, before the leaves all change and it’s time for Christmas train adventures!
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