Bay Area Hiking
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Kids love trains. These train rides are mostly miniature trains. For
train rides, see my "Places to Take School Age
Just south of
historic downtown Sonoma, you will see a 47-foot clock tower and train
depot. There are some full-sized train cabooses here you can explore,
the main attraction is the miniature train ride. The ride runs along 1
1/4 miles of track in the beautifully-landscaped 10-acre park. The ride
crosses over 5 bridges and trestles and runs through 2 tunnels. In the
middle of the ride, it stops at a miniature town and petting zoo. The
also has vintage amusement park rides, including a ferris wheel and
Jones Wildcat Railroad, Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos: This miniature
train ride originates in Los Gatos' Oak Meadow Park, crosses Los Gatos
Creek on a train bridge, and runs for over mile through Vasona Lake
Park. The train has open cars for viewing. The cars are pulled by a
locomotive and a vintage steam locomotive. Next to the train station is
a carousel ride.
trains, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley: High up in Tilden Park, at
its south edge are the steam train rides. There are two types. One is
larger Redwood Valley
that runs for 12 minutes on 1 1/4 miles of track in large ride-in cars.
The train makes regular runs and charges a fee. The other railway
is run by the Golden Gate Live Steamers
club, which has over 200 members. They are hobbyists that build and run
their own miniature trains. Their track system has 4 gauges. Some
are big enough to ride on. They run every Sunday of the year and take
on rides from 12-3 in the afternoon. Passengers sit on top of miniature
railroad, Central Park, San Mateo: The Bianchi
Railroad is a miniature diesel train ride that has been running in
San Mateo's Central Park since 1948.
ride at Casa
De Fruita, Pacheco Pass, east of Gilroy: This famous stop along
Pass has a miniature train ride that runs along 2 miles of track. The
also has a small zoo, rock shop and mining sluice, duck pond, and a
with a play train engine and caboose.
Railway: Next to the Folsom City Hall and the Folsom City Zoo (see
the museums section) is a 12"-gauge stem
Park, Santa Rosa:
A colorful miniature reproduction of an old west steam train carries
around the park area.
Sacramento Valley Live
miniature trains are run by a club in Hagen Community Park in Rancho
with over 6300 feet of track along the American River.
Little kids love to watch planes fly over. Here are some good places to
For more places and air museums, see my "Places
to Take School-Age Kids" page.
Created by Ronald Horii 10/97
Places to Take