30+ Memorable Train Rides in GA that Kids & Adults Will Love

Whether you have a little engineer or you’re the train addict, this list will update you on all the train rides in Ga. From steam engines you can ride on through the mountains or plains to kiddie adventures in the park and mall, and from steam engines on display to life size replicas we hold dear, it’s our goal to create a COMPLETE list of trains throughout the state. We’ve also tried to include the best platforms and public model sets. If we missed one, please let us know. And if you would like to share a photo of your adventure for our listing that are missing shots, we’d be happy to highlight your photo skills!

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Augusta Museum of History

Visit the Transportation Corridor to see a 1917 steam locomotive. Be sure to watch for the train tracks outside the museum…this is where they drove the train to its current position, building the museum around it!

 Website | Address: 560 Reynolds St Augusta, Ga

 

 

 


Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

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Photo courtesy of Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Don’t miss this adventure! If you are in Blue Ridge, or anywhere near the area, you cannot skip this train ride. Regardless of the age of your kids – or maybe you are visiting without kids – no matter. Don’t overlook a visit on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad. I highly recommend a ride in the open-air car, especially in Fall.

 Website |  Address: 241 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA, United States

 

 


Brasstown Bald

Make your way to the museum at the mountain’s summit to visit a full size replica steam engine.

Website | Address: 180 Spur Blairsville, Ga

 

 

 


Cow Train at Southern Belle Farm

Pick berries, enjoy the strawberry ice cream, see the pig races and take a ride on the cow train. There is always something to do at Southern Belle Farm.

Website | Address: 1658 Turner Church Rd McDonough, GA

 

 

 


Georgia Museum Of Agriculture & Historic Village

The Museum’s tram is a Vulcan Ironworks 0-4-0 engine that has 11 x 16 inch cylinders, 30 inch drivers, and weighs about 20 tons. On Saturdays, ride the train to the Historic Village from the Country Store.

Website |  Address: 2802 Moore Highway, Tifton, GA


Georgia State Railroad Museum

Located at the old Central of Georgia Railway Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities, Georgia State Railroad Museum is a stunning National Historic Landmark that is part of a National Historic Landmark District.

Website | Address: 655 Louisville Rd. Savannah, GA

 

 


Heritage Park Locomotive

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Heritage Park is home to the Veterans Wall of Honor, Heritage Park Veterans Museum and historic village, featuring a 1934 steam engine locomotive, among many other exciting historic things to see.

Website |  Address: 101 Lake Dow Road, Mcdonough, GA 30252

 

 

 


Locust Grove Train Watching Platform

Watch the more than 40 trains that pass through Locust Grove each day from the comfort of the new Train Watching Platform. Located in historic downtown, the platform is just steps away from unique shops and restaurants.

Website |  Address: 3840 Highway 42 South Locust Grove, GA

 

 

 


Macy’s Pink Pig at Christmas

Only at Christmas can you ride this Atlanta favorite. It’s ideal for kiddos under 5 yo, and very affordable. The line gets long, so show up early!

 Website |  Address: 3393 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA

 

 

 


Model Train at Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville

This model train tucked into the Gainesville Garden’s trail is the perfect way to lure your kiddos on a fun walk through the flowers.

Website | Address: 1911 Sweetbay Drive Gainesville, Ga

 

 

 

 


Okefenokee Heritage Center

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One of the most well-known exhibits here is called ‘Ol Nine. It’s a restored 1912 Baldwin steam engine. You’ll also see a baggage car, an express car, a passenger car and a caboose.

Website |  Address: 1460 N Augusta Ave, Waycross, GA

 

 

 


Peachtree Express at North Point Mall

Your little one will adore riding this train around North Point Mall. Catch it near the soft play area, near Dillards.

Website | Address: 1000 North Point Cir, Alpharetta, GA

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pine Mountain Gold Museum

This small train (which reminds me of the train at Zoo Atlanta, if you’ve ever been) rides around the perimeter of the park, showing off a few places like the petting zoo. It leaves every half-hour, and is a great way to start your adventure at the museum.

Website | Address: 1881 Stockmar Road Villa Rica, Ga

 

 


Smyrna Community Center

Thanks to Smyrna Parent for the heads up on this one. According to them, there is a small “train” playground near the community center and library. It’s not too big, but your little ones will love it, and it is shaded too!

Website | Address: 200 Village Green, Smyrna, GA 30080


Southeastern Railway Museum

If you ask us, it’s one of the BEST places in the Southeast for train lovers. You’ll see over 90 pieces of equipment, many of which you can climb on and enjoy. There is also a short train ride for a nominal fee.

Website |  Address: 3595 Buford Hwy Duluth, Georgia

 

 

 


Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History

This entire museum is dedicated to the strategy implored by the railroad during, through and after the Civil War. You’ll see The General (think The Great Locomotive Chase,) and a belt-driven locomotive assembly line. Don’t miss the caboose outside, too.

Website |  Address: 2829 Cherokee St. Kennesaw, GA

 

 


Spirit of Camilla

This locomotive, formally known as Engine #9, was refurbished through the efforts of citizens in the community.

Website |  Address: 109 West Broad Street, Camilla, GA


St Marys Railroad Museum

Head to the coast for this 1-hour+ excursion in an open air car. Your midway experience may include live scarecrows, hoboes, zombies, cowboys, pirates, or even Santa, depending on the excursion you choose.

Website |  Address: 1000 Osborne Street St. Marys, GA


Stone Mountain Park’s Scenic Railroad

Ride around the base of Stone Mountain in this 1940s full size locomotive. The ride is 5 miles and lasts about 30 minutes, leaving multiple times daily. It’s great fun for your camping excursion, and especially during SMP’s Christmas Events.

Website | Address: 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd. Stone Mountain, Georgia

 


Swamp Park Train

Guests that visit Okefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross, Georgia can step back in time aboard “The Lady Suwannee” the Okefenokee Railroad. The train tour will take you on the adventure of a lifetime. Many points of interest will be featured on your journey including a stop at Pioneer Island which is rich in history (will be one of the main attractions of the tour).

Website |  Address: U.S. 1 South Waycross, GA 31503

 

 


The General at Glover Park Marietta Square

Kids will adore playing on the miniature version of The General while listening for the real train whistle as it makes its way through the Square. Bring pennies for the fountain!

Website | Address: 50 N Park Square, Marietta, GA

 

 

 


The Linger Longer Express at Reynolds, Lake Oconee

The littlest hotel guests of Georgia’s best family resort will enjoy a 10 minute ride around the property. It leaves the lobby at 3 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Website | Address: 100 Linger Longer Road Greensboro, GA

 

 

 

 

 


The Misty Mountain Railroad

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According to The Blue Ridge Highlander, this display is considered to be America’s largest private owned O-gauge railroad. The 3,400-sq. ft. layout with 14 O-gauge trains, travels along one-mile of track with 12 bridges, 4 trestles and 15 tunnels.

Website | Address: 4381 Misty Mountain Lane, Off Town Creek School Rd, Blairsville, GA


The SAM Shortline

Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage cars, you’ll enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today’s South. The SAM Shortline stops in quaint towns filled with fun attractions, restaurants and shopping.

Website | Address: 105 East 9th Ave. Cordele, Georgia 31015

 

 


Thronateeska Heritage Center

Behind the museum is an old Union Station Depot with several train cars and a coal steam engine. Watch the model railway, which is housed within one of the train cars. It is an HO-scale model with multiple trains that wind through towns and forests. There’s also a steam locomotive and a red caboose, a baggage car and a mail car that made trips to New Orleans and Jacksonville.

Website | Address: Heritage Plaza, 100 W. Roosevelt Ave. Albany, GA

 

 

 

 


Tiny Towne

Yes, most visitors will want to take a ride on one of the cars. But for those littlest drivers, the train is a welcome respite!

Website | Address: 2055 Beaver Ruin Rd, Norcross, GA

 

 


Tour Train at Lake Winnie

When it’s time to relax from a day of excitement, Lake Winnepesaukah guests get to do it in style. Climb aboard the Tour Train and enjoy the scenic views, wooded areas, and beautiful waters that are Lake Winnepesaukah. Give your feet a break and enjoy a few quiet moments with family and friends aboard the Tour Train. (Children under one year of age may ride free of charge on an adult’s lap.)

Website | Address: 1730 Lakeview Dr, Rossville, GA 30741


Trains at The Rock Ranch

 

The entire family can hop aboard the locomotive for a ride around the farm, and little ones will love a ride on the cow train. Here are more ways to have fun at The Rock Ranch, including an overnight in a Conestoga wagon. 

Website | Address: 5020 Barnesville Hwy The Rock, Ga

 

 


Troop Train at the National Infantry Museum

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The locomotive Number 1902 and an observation car are at the NIM in Columbus. They were part of a narrow gauge system used to shuttle soldiers (and later, VIPs) around Fort Benning. It’s out in the open, but sheltered, and located between the museum and World War II Company Street. Look for more FREE things to do in Columbus here.

Website | Address: 1775 Legacy Way, Columbus, GA

 

 


Tunnel Hill Heritage Center

Dalton is often called The Gateway To The Civil War, and t’s the Western & Atlantic Railroad that allows for such a name. The boys and I visited the Tunnel Hill Heritage Center in order to tour the W&A Railroad Tunnel. This is a fun, educational adventure for adults and older children, especially if you enjoy civil war history.

Website |  Address: 215 Clisby Austin Drive Tunnel Hill, Ga

 


Vulcan Steam Train

This steam-powered locomotive represents logging trams used to transport logs to the sawmills, timber to the towns, and men to and from the logging camps. The Museum’s tram is a Vulcan Ironworks 0-4-0 engine that has 11 x 16 inch cylinders, 30 inch drivers, and weighs about 20 tons. On Saturdays, ride the train to the Historic Village from the Country Store.

Website | Address: 2802 Moore Highway, Tifton, GA 31798

 

 

 


Zoo Atlanta

All aboard! Hop on for a ride on one of Zoo Atlanta’s family favorites – The Zoo Train! A handcrafted replica of an original 1863 locomotive, the train is one of the Zoo’s most popular attractions, carrying up to 100 adults or 140 children. Take a journey through the town of Critter Crossing to experience a day in the life of its inhabitants. The train is equipped with wide, comfortable seats, and covered passenger coaches. One parent rides free with any child under 42” tall.

Website |  Address: 800 Cherokee Avenue, SE Atlanta, GA 30315


 

7 Comments on "30+ Memorable Train Rides in GA that Kids & Adults Will Love"

  1. Marcus Blalock | 08/01/2016 at 12:14 pm | Reply

    Good list, but one you missed is the Tour Train at Lake Winnie Amusement Park in Rossville, Ga. Thanks

    • Thanks Marcus! We just added it!! If you have a photo from your last visit, we’d love to add it to the list!

  2. you forgot about conyers train. I believe his name dinky. Down town conyers is full little secrets!

  3. There is a nice old steam engine on display in downtown Winder, GA.
    In Auburn, just down the road, there’s also a caboose that forms part of the downtown park area, and the gazebo there is nicely placed for train-watching (CSX main, Abbeville sub).
    Also, you should probably mention the Six Flags Railroad at Six Flags Over Georgia, with its half-scale General and Texas locomotives. (There’s also another loco under renovation there at the engine shed.) At one time the locos were actually steam-boiler powered using diesel fuel, but nowadays there is a diesel engine in each loco’s tender that drives the locomotive’s wheels.
    Free with park admission except during Halloween Fright Fest.

  4. Lisa Stuckey | 08/08/2016 at 11:15 am | Reply

    Train Ride at Camp Sunrise in Fairmount, GA

  5. If you could add the North Georgia Live Steamers to the list as well that would be great. They operate a miniature railroad at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.

  6. For those of us who may not be Georgia natives, this is a helpful list. Thank you!

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