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Roaring Camp Railroads

5401 Graham Hill Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95018
831-335-4484
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Ranked #6 of 33 attractions in Santa Cruz
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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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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

We arrived at about 11am to find the 12.30pm train was sold out. This is good place to book the tickets in advance if you are visiting, particularly in high season. The lady at the ticket desk was very helpful, putting us on the wait list for the 12:30pn train with a guaranteed seat on the 2pm train. There was... More

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Los Angeles, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Fun friendly place to be. Great for children. They have pleasant lunch spots and a playground. You can also go into the State park and the visitor center and gift shop.

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Oakland, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

I bought four adult tickets and 2 kids tickets and it was $127, which wouldn't be bad if there was more things to do. We got there at 10 and had to just walk around killing time till 11:45 when we could board the train. We did bring a lunch and ate at one of the picnic tables which killed... More

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Salinas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Been riding this train for the last 10 years off and on for special occasions. I LOVE IT!! The only complaint is they don't have restrooms on board. So go if ya gotta just before departing! One trip on my friend's birthday two years ago, I RALLY had to go, and the conductor lady actually told the engineer about me... More

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Germantown, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

This was a great ride with me and my son. The train is nice, the conductor was friendly gave us some nice history of the trees and the Railroad. My son loved it he did not get bored a bit

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Seasoned traveller from Devon
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51 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

My wife and I were lucky enough to arrive at nearby Felton and find out about the Roaring Camp Railroad. We checked the internet and caught the 2pm train from the camp on Graham Hill Road to the top of Bear Mtn. The engine itself was a 100 year old steam loco now running on oil but looking great for... More

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Tilburg, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

WOW! One of the coolest attractions in the Santa Cruz mountains / close to the bay. I've lived in the bay most my life, and this is a must for friends from out of town. Both the steam train up the mountain, as well as the beach train are great. Most people bring kids, however for someone who's never seen... More

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Santa Cruz, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Take the old-timey open car train through the redwoods, across wooden bridges, along creeks and down into the older part of Santa Crux, along streets lined with Victorian houses. You see things you can't view form a car. There is also a route that just explores the redwoods, with a guide who tells the history of this part of the... More

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Santa Cruz, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

Nice train trip in the woods and Christmas train ride, both good for younger kids. Haven't tried beach route or other themes. A little boring for adults.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Roaring camps is really fun. When my kids were toddlers are LOVED trains, we would had seasonal passes at Roaring Camps. I've probably ridden their trains 10-12 different time. They run seasonally ( check their website) , with many special train events throughout the year-- Halloween train, Easter egg hunt train, Holiday train in Dec, and their event with Thomas... More

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