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5 Hot Family-Friendly Railroad Attractions in NJ

Restored railroads and complex model trains continue to fascinate people as a peek into our past.  Let the excitement of this transportation era take you back in time to revisit milestones of the past, consider the politics of the time, learn of famous people and discover places of historical importance in New Jersey.  A great variety of railway attractions and activities with families with (or without) kids.  Enjoy!!!


495 Highway 202 South
Flemington, New Jersey

reviewed on: May 31 2012

"Northlandz - Amazing Indoor Model Train Attraction"
Extremely Impressive!  This indoor model train display is a MUST – SEE for all railroad enthusiasts.  This massive showcase includes a variety of scenes with approx 400 bridges and numerous tunnels through mountain ranges towering 30+ feet high.  Our favorite: the amusement park scene.  Most memorable: a plane crash in the side of a mountain with rescue efforts.  Additionally, my daughter and I appreciated the teddy bear scenes and doll displays through-out the museum, particularly the beautifully furnished 94 room dollhouse.  Equally impressive is the pipe organ theater and be sure to check out the artwork through-out the corridors. Bruce Williams Zaccagnino, owner and creator of Northlanz, had quite a vision!  He and his wife Jean obviously share a passion for innovation, creativity and art – and we get to experience their amazing journey.


West Bay Avenue
Barnegat, New Jersey

reviewed on: May 31 2012

"A Walk Back In Time"
Walking along the railroad path was a peaceful but a thought-provoking experience.  We stopped along the way looking at the artifacts, taking pictures and imagining life in the 1800's.  The path runs behinds a new residential development and adjacent to a main street in Barnegat but was quiet and shared by a few riders or runners.  Many railroad exhibits are loud with steam engines or horns and the hustle & bustle that any transportation system would expect, however the railroad trail offered the opportunity to reflect on the importance of its early existence in a very different environment.


Rt 40
Richland, New Jersey

reviewed on: May 31 2012

"Model Railroad Display in Richland"
An awesome stop for families passing through to shore points or better yet: working on a railroad or transportation themed educational program.  This train display museum offers a large platform of model trains and detailed scenes.  Outdoor fun includes a wooden train playset for children to “ride” and climb.  They also have two real cabooses, which makes for excellent photo opportunities.

1 Railroad Plaza
Route 10 West & Whippany Road Whippany, New Jersey

reviewed on: May 31 2012

"Train rides and model train display"
This station offers a trip back in time with several restored structures including the station, freight house, historic telephone booth and others.  Beautiful facility; colorful and family-friendly.  Train rides are offered on specified Sundays and are reasonably priced.  Our favorites: riding over the Passaic River on a historic bridge and the miniature Whippany Railroad Museum on the model train display.  Great opportunity to revisit such a vital part of our American history.  


120 West Main Street
Tuckerton, New Jersey

reviewed on: May 31 2012

"Railroad Exhibit with Hands-On Learning Fun"
Maritime village with plenty of family-friendly activities, including boat rides, crafts, playground and multiple museums and live animals.  The Tuckerton Seaport Museum holds a railroad exhibit on the second floor complete with a ticket booth, model train that runs the perimeter of the room up above, and several railroad artifacts.  This is a handy “research” or educational area to delve into the interesting and important existence of our seaport railroad system.  Children can pretend play as passengers or construct a railroad with the hands-on activities and train set.