As New York has always been the largest city in the region, it's no surprise that it has a long history of railroading. In fact, train lovers can find plenty of interesting and exciting rail-themed activities and places to visit in and around the Big Apple. Some of these trainspotting spots are located within the city itself, while others are a bit further out in the suburbs (and worth the train ride to get there!). So, without any further stops, here's the express ticket to the best railroad-themed things to do in New York City.
Railroad Museum of Long Island
With a variety of historic train cars and engines on display, this museum is part railroad and part history, and all fun. It's great for adults and kids alike. Visitors can tour the historic rail cars, browse the museum informational exhibits, ride the "miniature" train which is large enough for kids and adults to sit inside, and view various toy and model railroads, too.
416 Griffing Ave., Riverhead, New York
New York Transit Museum
The New York Transit Museum is housed in a former subway station near Brooklyn's Borough Hall. Kids love this museum and it's small, so you can pass through it in about an hour and see the cars of a vintage subway train, or sit in the driver's seat of a city bus. The museum walks you through more than a century of transportation history in New York City.
99 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY, 11201
Long Island Live Steamers
This is a cross between a railroad museum and an amusement park. Here you'll find a number of scale model railroads and trains that are large enough sit in to take a ride, but not as large as a real train. It's lots of fun for both adults and children. The park is run as a non-profit and organized by model railroad enthusiasts. They are only open to the public on select days of the year, usually spring to autumn, on the 2nd and last Sunday of every month (but other days are available, too). Check their website for opening days and times.
Southaven County Park Gerard Road Entrance, Brookhaven, NY, 11719
Grand Central Station
First opened in 1913, this beautiful and large train station is one of the transportation hubs of New York City. It's also a popular place to take a picture. Several shops and restaurants are in and around the station as well. In the center of the main hall of this historic building, visitors can find the famous 4-sided clock. The tall arched ceiling and arched windows create a grand ambiance to the entire space, too.
89 East 42nd Street, NYC, New York, 10017
How much does it cost?
Prices for activities, things to do, and tours range from $35 to $673. The average cost for a tour or tickets is $197. A few of the best options are below.
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