A Day at the Railroad Park

Yet another thing we love about living in Arizona is the abundance of parks with playgrounds in the area. Play areas for kids are planned into communities, and they are kept clean, landscaped, well-maintained, and well-lit in the evenings. You don’t have to spend a fortune to keep your kids entertained!! There are plenty of options to enjoy the great outdoors, run amuck and be free (which our little boy just LOVES!!!)

Two weeks ago we got invited to a kiddie birthday party that was held at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale. This place is not your average park! We were pleasantly surprised to see some ACTUAL classic train cars on display right in the park! There were also train rides to be enjoyed, as well as a carousel and a model train museum! A museum!! While we deeply enjoyed the birthday party (there were LOTS of food!!), even Terrence and I were excited to just roam the park and RIDE the trains.

Miggz got to enjoy a train ride with his Lolo (his grandpa). While Terrence and I waited and waited for their train to pass us by the picnic ramada so we can take their pic, we decided to hop on a different ride called Scottsdale Live Steamers. It was a miniature train ran by–as the name suggests–a LIVE steam engine. Terrence and I had a blast! Too bad we couldn’t catch Miggz and Lolo in THEIR train…they passed the ramada while we were on our ride!

The best part…we will DEFINITELY be back! Rides for kids under three are free with a paying adult, and the tickets cost a dollar each–two tix per person, for a total of ONLY $2 per ride!! There is no admission fee to get in the park itself.

Besides the super large grassy areas in this park, there are playgrounds of course–which we didn’t even get to explore while we were there. We also didn’t get to go inside the actual exhibit train cars…it would have been nice to see what’s on the inside of those trains.

Surely this place merits more than a second visit!

Here are some photos from our day at the railroad park…

While we waited for Miggz and his Lolo, Terrence and I took some pics of this "Railroad Crossing" sign...

...then we got bored and decided to ride the Scottsdale Live Steamers.

I took many pics…too many to post! Here is a slideshow…all taken using my iPhone 4s and an HDR photo effects app. Most photos were from inside the Model Train Museum, and while Terrence and I rode the miniature train.

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For more information about McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, go to therailroadpark.com.

Take your kids there! You’re sure to love it!! Across the park are some nice restaurants/shops too. It’ll make a great date–even for the grown-ups!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jen
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 22:03:00

    Nice park!


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