Updated for 2020!
Fall in Love with New Jersey when riding the Rails!
As a lifelong Jersey girl, my favorite season is Autumn. Already the leaves are changing to beautiful ombre shades of red, yellows and browns that pop against the bright blue sky. The crisp air invites us to sip Pumpkin Spice drinks and cider as we dream of the smells of apple, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
As fans of trains, the idea of indulging in a local train ride to absorb this stunning season sounds like a fabulous way to spend time with the family. You may have taken a holiday train in December, but mix it up and take one of the train rides listed below. Some offer corn mazes, pumpkin picking, trick or treating or farm experiences but they all provide your family with a unique time to slow down and bond together.
Amazing Fall Trains in New Jersey
Delaware River Railroad Excursions, Phillipsburg
Delaware River Railroad has lots of options that will appeal to train enthusiasts this fall! The Great Pumpkin Train runs on the weekends taking families to the pumpkin farm where each child selects their own pumpkin! For an additional cost, you can add the Corn Maze to the train. Riders can bring a picnic to enjoy in the shaded grove before investigating the maze and collecting all twelve points. Children will also love jumping on the bounce house shaped like a cow. Check out their website for specific details on trains running September 28 to October 27!
Black River & Western Railroad, Flemington
The BR&W offers the Pumpkin Train which brings riders to Pumpkin Junction at Everitt Farm. Riders can enjoy a corn maze, pumpkin picking, wagon rides and more. This train ride runs every weekend in September and October (except Halloween).
The NJ Museum of Transportation, Allaire State Park
Take a ride on the decades long tradition of the Haunted Express! The scary ride takes place at night and riders are invited to walk through the Allaire State Park on weekends in October. Trains leave every half hour from 7:30-9:30pm.
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Whippany Railway Museum, Whippany
Whippany Railway is a volunteer run program that promotes a passion for trains and while programs are offered throughout the year, the Annual Pumpkin Festival is a celebration of autumn! Not only can you ride on an excursion train to admire the foliage but there is also crafts fair, photo props, and antique tractors.
What is your favorite Fall Train?
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