Miniature train ride
Tickets are $2.50 per ride
Open M-F 10:30am-3:30pm; Weekends til 4:30pm
Thomas the Tank Engine Play days:
- Public Play Days are on the first Sunday (full weekend) of every month from 1pm to 4 pm by the Gift Shop.
- Come out and play with our 400 piece wooden Thomas set!
My son is obsessed with trains, so Travel Town was a big hit. Free parking, free admission, what more can you ask for? Oh yeah, TONS of giant trains! You can touch them, stack rocks on the train tracks, walk on the train tracks, climb into some of the engines and there is a little train you can ride around the park for $2.50 a person. Super cheap outing. I used to go here when I was a kid and remember climbing on all of the trains, even though there are more rules now it's still a really great place.
My daughter is 2.5 years old & is fascinated by trains. This is a outside museum of old trains. There are several trains that you can climb into and look around. There is also a little train that you can ride for $2 a rider. 19 months and under free! Through out the day there is also story time and movie time in the indoor part of the museum. The children can also color or watch the very elaborate train set go around. ( My daughters favorite part) Admission to the museum is free and so is parking. There is a small stand to buy snacks and drinks. The bathrooms are very clean & have a changing table.
It doesn't look like much to me, but my daughter and all the other kids where in total heaven. And since it's all about the kids, this is a successful activity.
This is part of Griffith Park. There are a lot of things that you can pack into one day. The other activities are not in walking distance. (Zoo, carousel, pony rides etc.)
Travel Town is one of several parks within Griffith Park in Los Angeles. First of all, it is free! It is a museum that houses several old trains. A few of them are open to the public. It is a fantastic place for a family photo shoot. We visited around Thanksgiving and there were several families there with their photographers catching the glimmer in the kids eyes as they stared at the bigger than life trains. They also have a smaller live train that you can take for an extra charge that goes around the Town. It is also a popular place for birthday parties and a party can be reserved in a train car. Our 1 1/2 year old had a great time, and so did his daddy :)
Travel time is in the same area as the zoo and the pony rides. You may be able to squeeze all these activities in one day! This is a god place to have a picnic. They have lots of trees and space. My daughter loved this place. I would recommend visiting at least once.
My son has always loved trains! So travel town has always been a lot of fun for him. He loves climbing on the trains, looking at the trains and running around. It makes me a bit nervous when my little ones are climbing on some of these old pieces of metal…but they are just having a blast. So take a deep breath and get ready for some climbing.
You can also book some of the trains for private parties. It would be a good party destination if you are looking for someplace other than home.
A long time ago we took the train to the North Pole. The little train drove around the track and stop at “Santa’s Village”. I would say that little trip is probably good up to 5 years old…very cute…but definitely not for the older kids.
We came to this (free) museum recently and my kids (1 year and 3 years), definitely enjoyed it! It was easy for them to roam around the grounds and admire the trains. We came on the Monday after 4th of July and it wasn't too crowded. Most of the kids we saw there were under 5. Great photo opps with the trains! The mini train is super cute as well. The fare is $2.50/ride and kids under 19 months are free. It goes around the perimeter of the grounds twice and the ride lasts about 10 minutes. The train was not operating from 12:35-1:35 as the "engineer" was on lunch so we spent that hour in the exhibit hall where there are old wagons as well as Holden's Corner which has a train table. We also had fun exploring all the trains outside. This adorable museum is worthy of a visit, especially if your little one likes trains!
FREE Anytime. FREE Parking. $2 per person for the train ride.
I love this place. I had my sons 2 year old birthday party here. I didn't rent a caboose. Group was small. I brought picnic food, water, and blankets for us to sit on the grass. Lots of shade.
Make sure your kids bring small trains to play with. They have Train Table for them. I gave little trains for the kids to play wrapped in a bandanna along with snacks. My son was in awe of the trains and being able to walk on the tracks. After lunch we paid for everybody to get on the train. The toddlers LOVED it and I loved how easy it was.
There are 2 other train rides near the vicinity... one is near Los Feliz Ave (small fee) and the LA Live Steamers Railroad museum also in Zoo Dr (accepts donations). Travel town has more than just a train ride... there are real trains you may climb in and miniature trains to watch. Good place for train lovers, not so for those who are not. You may also have a picnic or even celebrate a birthday. To enter is free and the train ride is very cheap. The only thing is that we end up running trying to catch my 3 yr old kid which can be really tiring.
If you have a little one that loves trains, this is the place to take them. If I can remember right, there is only 1 train to ride around the park, and some real trains on display, but you can't go on them. Inside they also have a little train table you can play with, if you buy a train to play with on it. Travel Town is fun for an hour, but I don't think any longer than that. They have a picnic area if you choose to bring a lunch, since they have a lot of field trips here. It's fun for little train lovers to see.
At some piont in their lives, all kids go through a train phase. And Travel Town is a great hands on place to take them. They have plenty of trains for the kids to climb up in. And some great photo-ops next to the big wheels!! Depending on what day you go, you can even ride on one of their little trains around the park.
Traveltown is one of the best free places to take kids in LA. I do not know any kids that does not love trains. Most of the trains can be climbed on or in. Some are only open certain days of the week, though. Bring a picnic lunch because there are several picnic tables. There is also a cute train ride around the perimeter of the park which only costs a couple of dollars a person.
Kids love this outdoor transportation museum with steam locomotives to scramble over and Live Steamers, a large collection of miniature trains.
My kids just love this park. It is right next to the zoo, Griffith park and the observatory, the carousel. Also the Thomas the Train days are a Thomas lovers dream, and my kids just LOVED playing with all of their Thomas toys. The miniature train is cute and fun, not too expensive.