If names like Thomas, James and Percy are more like your kiddo’s BFFs than characters for a show, it’s time to turn off the television and check out some actual locomotives. San Diego is home to several model railroads that will leave kids entertained for hours. If your kiddo has a one-track love of trains, click through the slideshow to check out these San Diego hot spots for train enthusiasts.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

In addition to four enormous displays of railroads, this 28,000-square-foot space features a Thomas and Friends mini-gallery, a toy train gallery, and rotating exhibit cases. The location of the Model Railroad Museum also can't be beat since it's located in the middle of beautiful Balboa Park. Be sure to allocate at least 30-60 minutes to have fun and take pictures here. Cost: $9/adult; free/kids 14 and under with paid adult (senior and military discounts available)

Balboa Park
1649 El Prado
San Diego, Ca 92101
(619) 696-0199
Online: sdmrm.org

Photo credit: Amy Roost

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— Amy Roost