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Roaring Camp Railroads

5401 Graham Hill Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95018
831-335-4484
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Ranked #5 of 36 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Scenic Railroads
Owner description: See California’s towering redwood trees from two historic railroads. Ride steam trains to Bear Mountain or Beach Trains to Santa Cruz. Visit an 1880s... more » Owner description: See California’s towering redwood trees from two historic railroads. Ride steam trains to Bear Mountain or Beach Trains to Santa Cruz. Visit an 1880s logging town located in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. Between San Francisco and Monterey Bay in Felton. « less
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Davis, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

You can catch the train at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and wind your way through the redwoods in an old fashioned train. Once you're there you can have a picnic or enjoy the food in their snack bar and catch a ride back to the boardwalk after a couple hours. It's the best!

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Mission Viejo, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We took our twin 3 year olds on this hour long train ride from the Roaring Camp grounds to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. The views were just absolutely amazing both parents and kids had an amazing time. We were able to spend 4 hours at the boardwalk before boarding the last train ride home and it was the perfect day.... More

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Watsonville, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This is the best way to tour Santa Cruz redwoods on a historical train that is a memorable ride for everyone in the family

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Campbell, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
31 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The steam train and the locomotive to Santa Cruz offer something different to do and entertainment for the children. The rides are interesting with narratives from the train guards. Definitely worth a on-time visit.

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Castro Valley, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Roaring Camp. My love affair with you began as a small child. Our parents took us there to ride the the train several times as kids. Years later it was time to return and see how you have aged. I am happy to say that you are everything I remembered you to be and so much more. The small "frontier"... More

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Palo Alto, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

What a wonderful place to go for an old train ride, pan for gold or just have a picnic. We do our Civil War reenactment in May , there are about 200-300 of us that camp out and have battles during the day and then we take the train ride to the beach in Santa Cruz.

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Draper, Utah
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118 reviews 118 reviews
32 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

So unfortunately the only day we could visit this attraction "Thomas the Train" was being featured and everyone was there to take a ride on this train pulling cars. Kids running amok, parents trying to figure out how to take pictures.... well you get the picture. Also they hired people just for this advent and they were clueless about everything.... More

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main line, pa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Visited with family and enjoyed the afternoon. We took the redwood forest tour and does not disappoint. Be sure to note the unique steep inclines the train must navigate - you won't see this anywhere else in the country. Try and get seated at least one open air car behind the locomotive. It can get noisy and wet from the... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Went for the steam engine ride, but there was so much more to do than I expected. The little shops and activities were great for children, food a little pricy but overall a great bargain for the price! Right next door, by small path is the Henry Cowell Redwood State Park. Very nice trail to stroll through and learn about... More

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Aptos, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A great place for the family. I love the redwoods and was able to take a quiet walk through Cowell Redwood State Park next door and see the giant redwoods. Then took the train to the Beach and Boardwalk. Nice not to have to hassle the beach traffic. Loved it.

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