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24 June 2008

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Hometown:
Bay Area, California, United States

About Me & My Family
I'm a mother
2 Kids 1-5 years old boys and girls

the arrival of O-dogg completely rocked planet lee back in 2007. we've always loved to travel and got a a better work-out carrying all the extra gear with the extra kid. fast forward 5 years, we were just inches away from being able to board a plane with only carry-ons when KK decided to hit the scene. now we're back to walking the airplane aisles with a toddler.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, relaxed, independent, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going
We Just Got Back From
San Diego, CA
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Anywhere with loved ones
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Middle East and New Zealand
Favorite Vacation Memory
Watching the O-dogg dance to techno music at the Starbucks in Hawaii airport.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Being in a vacation rental with all of our extended family for the holidays. 13 people in all. Was supposed to be a wonderful week of fun, but 10 out of 13 got struck with the stomach virus for a week straight. The lowlights can be summed up in: 4 trips to the ER, 2 IVs for our one year old nephew and a concussion from freeze tag for my brother in-law. What a start to the new year!
Websites I Like:
Trekaroo!

Arizona Train Rides for Kids

If your kids love trains, here are some of the favorite places to take them for a ride in arid Arizona. Trains are listed alphabetically by city.

Most are miniature trains suited for kids 8 and under. However, the Grand Canyon Railroad and the Verde Canyon Train are full-sized trains and fun for all ages.

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41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway
Anthem, Arizona

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Anthem is home to the Daisy Mountain Railroad. A 10-minute train ride across a small lake, a tunnel through a faux rock outcropping, lush green landscaping, several sparkling water falls and an eye-catching playground for young children. $3 per ride.


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660 North Desert Breeze Blvd. East
Chandler, Arizona

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The Desert Breeze Railroad is a 3/4 mile train ride of the park and lake. Open during the weekends and certain weekday holidays from September through May/June. Closed for the summer.


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330 E. Ryan Road
Chandler, Arizona

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No train rides here, but it's a museum dedicated to the railways and trains of Arizona. There are train to see and explore the train cars for $2 per person or $5 per family.


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300 North Broadway
Clarkdale, Arizona

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The Verde Canyon Railroad is a 4 hour ride through crimson pinnacles, Indian ruins, tunnels and across bridges from the old mining town of Clarkdale to the Perkinsville ghost ranch and back. Seasonal events include the Santa Claus Express, the Easter Bunny Express and more.


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1021 E. Juniper Ave.
Gilbert, Arizona

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The Freestone Railroad in Freestone Park is a miniature train ride through the park around playgrounds and lakes. Ride is 3/4 of a mile. Open during the weekends and certain weekday holidays from September through May/June. Closed for the summer. $3 per person. Kids under 1 free


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22822 N 43rd Av
Phoenix, Arizona

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Free 30 minute miniature train ride four times each Sunday between noon and 5 p.m. The last train leaves the station at 4:45 p.m. Rides are suspended between Memorial Day and Labor Day due to the heat.



1202 W. Encanto Blvd.
Phoenix, Arizona

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The Enchanted Island Express is a 24 inch gauge railroad located on the Enchanted Island in Encanto Park.


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7301 E Indian Bend Rd
Scottsdale, Arizona

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reviewed on: March 17 2009

"Young kids will love this place"
This place is great for kids under 8. There's a fun train ride which during the holiday season is a festival of lights. The train goes all around the park which is a great way to start your visit to the park and see the lay of the land. From there, we went to the old west playground, which is great for kids eager for imaginary play. There's a stagecoach, jailhouse, general store, and more. If your kids are just looking for more traditional play equipment, there's another playground area closer to the entrance with all the requisite slides, swings and climbing structures. There's also a fun carousel and a great number of trains to visit and model trains to check out. Great for kids and a must-see for train lovers.

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16501 W. Northern Ave
Surprise, Arizona

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In the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium, you'll find the African Safari Train, a 5/8-mile long narrated ride through the plains of Africa and see endangered antelope, gazelles, ostriches and more. Cost: $4.00 per person


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233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd
Williams, Arizona

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The Grand Canyon Train offers daytrips or overnighters for families. Trips include historic stops, re-enactments, a play park, and fun activities for kids of all ages. The GCR also offers Polar Express events during the holiday season.