Balboa Park Miniature Railroad

★★★★☆
  • 1800 Zoo Pl

    San Diego, CA 92101

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  • 619-239-0512

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The Balboa Park Railroad has been a fun little extra attraction for many years. The kids always look forward to the train ride at the end of the day. The price is right!

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The Balboa Park Railroad has been a fun little extra attraction for many years. The kids always look forward to the train ride at the end of the day. The price is right!

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After a long day at the zoo the kids love to ride on the little railroad outside the park. Have the zoo stamp your hand so you can get back in, and have a picnic lunch out at the park just outside the zoo. Your kids can run around, you can relax on the grass, and you can treat your kids to a ride on the railroad. The ride is adorable, and for the price they go around the tracks 4 to 5 times depending on the line.

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After a long day at the zoo the kids love to ride on the little railroad outside the park. Have the zoo stamp your hand so you can get back in, and have a picnic lunch out at the park just outside the zoo. Your kids can run around, you can relax on the grass, and you can treat your kids to a ride on the railroad. The ride is adorable, and for the price they go around the tracks 4 to 5 times depending on the line.

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The Balboa Park Railroad is a cute, little train ride, that little "engineers" to be of all ages are sure to enjoy. The train holds under 50 passengers at a time, but even so it boasts a total of over 5,000,000 rides since it first opened in 1948. The train ride itself is short, lasting only about 3 minutes and covering around 1/2 mile of tracks. The train ride provides a stunning view of the Balboa Park scenery, as it passes through 4 acres of the popular Balboa Park area. For the older train buffs, the train is a G16, which is considered to be an antique train, and it's very rare to have one still up and running. The conductor is about as "authentic" as they come, complete with the true to life conductors uniform of a cap and overalls. The trail runs primarily on weekends and during busy times (like school holidays) during the winter months, and runs 7 days a week from the end of June thru Labor Day. This train is a fun "follow up" activity, after a lesson plan about trains, railroads, or a visit to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park. While older kids might think that the train ride is short, and on the lame side, younger kids will be able to enjoy the full experience of the ride, and think it's the coolest thing ever.

PROS: "Authentic" little train ride. Rare, antique train.
CONS: Short ride.

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★★★★☆

The Balboa Park Railroad is a cute, little train ride, that little "engineers" to be of all ages are sure to enjoy. The train holds under 50 passengers at a time, but even so it boasts a total of over 5,000,000 rides since it first opened in 1948. The train ride itself is short, lasting only about 3 minutes and covering around 1/2 mile of tracks. The train ride provides a stunning view of the Balboa Park scenery, as it passes through 4 acres of the popular Balboa Park area. For the older train buffs, the train is a G16, which is considered to be an antique train, and it's very rare to have one still up and running. The conductor is about as "authentic" as they come, complete with the true to life conductors uniform of a cap and overalls. The trail runs primarily on weekends and during busy times (like school holidays) during the winter months, and runs 7 days a week from the end of June thru Labor Day. This train is a fun "follow up" activity, after a lesson plan about trains, railroads, or a visit to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park. While older kids might think that the train ride is short, and on the lame side, younger kids will be able to enjoy the full experience of the ride, and think it's the coolest thing ever.

PROS: "Authentic" little train ride. Rare, antique train.
CONS: Short ride.

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It's a good concept; there are really interesting things to do at the park but the railroad ride it's to short. It's so fast that you can't enjoy it a lot.

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It's a good concept; there are really interesting things to do at the park but the railroad ride it's to short. It's so fast that you can't enjoy it a lot.

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