You like hearing the conductor shout as the engine chugs slowly back in time, the kids like the wild west cowboys and robbers, everyone digs the fantastic scenery, and one thing is certain—there’s something about trains. Whatever it is, families can have a full day of exploration and excitement while riding the rails. Read on to discover our picks for the country’s most dazzling train rides for kids.

Cape Cod Central Railroad – Massachusetts

You'll see oceanfront trails, marshes, cranberry bogs, sweet little towns and other stuff you can't see from the road when you ride the rails on the Cape Cod Central Railroad. There are special events throughout the year for families, such as the Easter train, the Polar Express and the Sunday brunch train.

Online: capetrain.com

photo: courtesy of Cape Train

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Have you and your family had a historic and awesome train ride? Where?! Share your picks with us below!

—Gabby Cullen

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