6 Fun Train Experiences in San Diego

7 fun train ride experiences in san diego sm

All Aboard! Looking for a fun family weekend excursion? Climb aboard one of these San Diego train rides. Kids (and parents) will enjoy the chugging of the engines and wind in their hair. Here are six fun train experiences in San Diego:

Chula Vista Live Steamers Train at Rohr Park
4548 Sweetwater Rd., Bonita
Chula Vista Live Steamers built and maintain the tracks at Rohr Park. These train enthusiasts navigate the tracks the second Saturday and Sunday of the month. Rides are free, but donations are appreciated. After the train ride, hang around Rohr Park for a picnic, play at the playground or kick a soccer ball with the kids.

Balboa Park Miniature Train at the Zoo
1800 Zoo Pl., San Diego
Built in 1948, the train travels along a half-mile of track between the San Diego Zoo and the carousel. Many San Diegans remember riding the train as a child and share that experience with their own children. Kids under 1 ride free.

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

750 Depot St., Campo
Vintage trains take passengers on a 90-minute trip along the San Diego and Arizona Railway on Saturdays and Sundays. For an additional fee, you can ride in the cab with the engineer. Set aside time before or after your train ride to visit the museum with railroad equipment in various stages of restoration. Check the calendar for special theme train rides during holidays—The Bunny Train, Pumpkin Express and Santa Train North Pole Limited. Reservations are suggested for special event rides.

Poway-Midland Railroad at Old Poway Park
14134 Midland Rd., Poway
Volunteers operate trains Saturdays and Sundays (no trains run the second Sunday of the month). The steam locomotive runs 1st and 3rd weekend and 
the trolley or speeder runs 2nd and 4th weekend. Explore the bridges, fountain and great climbing trees at Old Poway Park after your train ride or head over to the Hamburger Factory for lunch.

San Diego Trolley
Those bright red trolleys are exciting for kids. Park at Fashion Valley Mall and ride the Green Line trolley a few short stops to Old Town where you can explore historical sights and have a delicious lunch. If you’re feeling adventurous, keep going down the Green Line to Seaport Village. Enjoy an ice cream or a spin around the hand-carved 1895 carousel. Day passes are available and children under 6 ride free with a paying adult.

Sprinter Escondido to Oceanside
Escondido
Hop aboard the Sprinter at the Escondido Transit Center for the hour-long journey to the Oceanside Transit Center. Need a shorter trip for younger kids? Climb on at any station along the way in San Marcos, Vista or Carlsbad. Sprinter day passes are available and children under 6 ride free with a paying adult. Once in Oceanside, it’s a short walk to the beach and Oceanside Pier. Play in the sand or have lunch at Ruby’s on the end of the pier.


----------------
Adrienne Sigeti is the editorial assistant at San Diego Family.

Updated: June 2018

Parent-Child Date Ideas in San Diego County

Parent-Child Date Ideas in San Diego County

Spend some one-on-one time with each of your kids this Valentine’s Day. Then make it a habit by scheduling parent-child dates on a weekly, monthly or bi-monthly basis. No matter the time you have, i . . .

Read more

2019 Family Fun Activities

2019 Family Fun Activities

Make the most of the new year by embarking on new San Diego adventures with your family. We’ll help you get started with these awesome activities — consider it a bucket list of sorts. Start plan . . .

Read more

9 Ocean Animal Adventures in San Diego (and Beyond)

9 Ocean Animal Adventures in San Diego (and Beyond)

Do your beach-loving kids obsess over dolphins, orcas and sea anemone? Before summer ends, indulge in some much-needed “vitamin SEA” and plunge into ocean learning at one of these SoCal spots th . . .

Read more

San Diego Date Nights on the Water

San Diego Date Nights on the Water

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, a birthday or just need a night out with your spouse, these date night ideas on the water are sure to please.TAKE A GONDOLA RIDE IN SAN DIEGO. Sp . . .

Read more

Favorite Hiking Trails in San Diego

Favorite Hiking Trails in San Diego

With San Diego's awesome year-round weather and a plethora of hiking trails for all levels, it's no wonder hiking is a favorite pastime for San Diego families. Here are some favorite local trails, s . . .

Read more

6 Fun Train Experiences in San Diego

6 Fun Train Experiences in San Diego

All Aboard! Looking for a fun family weekend excursion? Climb aboard one of these San Diego train rides. Kids (and parents) will enjoy the chugging of the engines and wind in their hair. Here are si . . .

Read more

8 Fun Places that Expose Kids to STEM Learning

8 Fun Places that Expose Kids to STEM Learning

Meaningful, experiential learning opportunities for kids and families are everywhere. No need to wait for a class field trip — take the family to one of these local spots or take a memorable day t . . .

Read more

Neighborhood Spotlight: National City

Neighborhood Spotlight: National City

Nestled between downtown San Diego and the U.S.-Mexico border, National City’s rich history and bayside landscape offer families a wealth of fun explorations. An excursion to San Diego’s second . . .

Read more

Get to Know the Little Free Library

Get to Know the Little Free Library

Chances are, you’ve seen a Little Free Library in your neighborhood. It would be easy to mistake one for an elaborate birdhouse, if it weren’t for the crop of books tucked inside. These small wood . . .

Read more

Neighborhood Spotlight: Little Italy

Neighborhood Spotlight: Little Italy

San Diego’s Little Italy is a lively area filled with rich culture, authentic Italian eateries, festive markets and piazzas, public art displays and galleries, and family-friendly events. Thi . . .

Read more

Tips for Tidepooling in San Diego

Tips for Tidepooling in San Diego

The best time to visit tide pools is during winter months when low tide occurs during daylight hours. But there’s more to know about tide pooling than when to go. These do’s and don’ts from Sa . . .

Read more

Tidepooling in San Diego

Tidepooling in San Diego

6 favorite tidepooling spots in San Diego The San Diego shores offer plenty of tide pool fun for families, but the key is to know when to go. The best time to go tidepooling is in late fall and win . . .

Read more

10 Tips for Hiking with Kids

10 Tips for Hiking with Kids

Spring is the perfect time to hit San Diego hiking trails with kids—and hiking is free fun for families. Here are great tips for hiking with kids (ages 3 and older): Refer to hikes as “adve . . .

Read more

8 Educational Field Trips that Teach Kids Culture and History

8 Educational Field Trips that Teach Kids Culture and History

Ready to take your child’s education beyond the classroom? There’s no rule that says you have to wait for a class field trip to expose kids to hands-on learning. Take the whole family on fun edu . . .

Read more

Biking with Kids in San Diego

Biking with Kids in San Diego

Riding bikes is a perfect family activity, especially in San Diego where the weather is awesome and there’s a plethora of family-friendly bike trails and resources for beginners. Benefits Bike ri . . .

Read more

San Diego Family Magazine Logo

Be Family Informed – Sign up for our Newsletters below!