Best Spots for Train Lovers in Kansas


If you spend your days making “choo-choo” sounds for the train loving kid in your house, this guide is for you! There are fun train-themed places to make memories in Kansas.

Best Spots for Train Lovers in Kansas

Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad

The Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad offers plenty of ride options for passengers. There are dinner trips, steam trains, and regular passenger rides. They also have a Silver Flyer Railbus ride package: sounds exciting and quite possibly one of the best Kansas road trips you can take. You can even charter your own train for a party or special event. More information on tickets and pricing can be found on the Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad’s website.

Kansas City Northern Miniature Railroad (Kansas City, Kansas)

This miniature train ride located in Frank Vaydik Park offers kids the chance to ride on a small-scale train through scenic landscapes. Open May-September. Saturdays | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays and Holidays | 12:01-6 p.m.

Lawrence’s Watson Park (Lawrence, Kansas)

Watson Park is home to the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, along with an original train locomotive, playground equipment, and basketball court. It’s a great spot for kids to cool off and have fun while enjoying a train-themed environment.

Gage Park Mini Train (Topeka)

Come one, come all for a fun train ride around Gage Park! The mini-train has been an integral part of the sights and sounds of Gage Park for over 45 years. Follow a mile-long scenic course through the heart of the park, as the engineer enlightens you on the history of Gage Park, and the many attractions that are available for you and your family to enjoy.

Wamego City Park Mini Train

Wamego’s 15-acre City Park allows you to stroll back in history as you walk through the Wamego Historical Museum and Prairie Town Village, a collection of buildings from the 1800’s. The ADA accessible Children’s Train is up and running mid-April through mid-October. Hours are Thursdays, 10 a.m. – noon, Saturdays, 10 a.m. – noon, and Sundays, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens (Overland Park, Kansas)

The Arboretum features a miniature train garden with model trains running through beautifully landscaped gardens. You can also climb aboard a full-size caboose. The model trains have been expanded in recent years and travel under the sidewalks (with viewing windows), along bridges and through a model of old time Overland Park.

Great Plains Transportation Museum (Wichita, Kansas)

The Great Plains Transportation Museum displays a wide assortment of railroad equipment. Our two largest displays are Santa Fe steam locomotive #3768 and Santa Fe FP45 diesel #93. These locomotives are unique in our collection in that they represent the last class of passenger locomotives that were built for the Santa Fe in their respective eras. Indoor exhibits include railroad prints, signs, lanterns, tools, and other artifacts including a mock-up mechanical stoker used for training steam locomotive personnel. We invite you to visit the Great Plains Transportation Museum to learn more about these and many other historical pieces and displays.

These spots offer engaging and entertaining experiences for train-loving kids in Kansas.

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Sarah McGinnity
Sarah is owner of Manhattan Moms and is passionate about encouraging and connecting moms - we weren't meant to do this alone! She grew up in Manhattan graduated from Manhattan High and K-State, worked for newspapers and for several marketing departments, and eventually got her master's in public administration. Sarah and her husband, Shea, have four kids - Henry (12), Clark (9), Lucy (7) and Caroline (1). She enjoys reading historical fiction, beating her kids at board games and traveling as often as possible.


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