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Roaring Camp Railroads

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Address: 5401 Graham Hill Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95018
Phone Number: 831-335-4484
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Description: See California’s towering redwood trees from two historic railroads. Ride...
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.
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You will be glad you checked this out. Worth it regardless of your age, although the younger set will appreciate it more. The older set will still have fun and it's a great way... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Sunnyvale, California
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Sunnyvale, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

You will be glad you checked this out. Worth it regardless of your age, although the younger set will appreciate it more. The older set will still have fun and it's a great way to spend family time off the tech beaten path.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I took my 6 year old son here while my older son went zip lining up the street. The steam train took us through the red wood forest. It was a fun time.

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Based on advice from other Tripadvisor reviewers, we paid $10 to park next door at Henry Cowell Redwoods Park and explored that first, then walked the short distance over to Roaring Camp. This saved the additional parking fee at the train. We purchased our tickets well in advance and picked them up when we arrived (special: adults ride for child... More 

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CA
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87 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Enjoyed a wonderful starlight train ride. The ride leaves from the Boardwalk and goes through the redwood forest, which was beautiful!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Loved the steam train up the mountain - very well organized and beautiful scenery. Worth the money :) My 6 year old loved it.

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Phoenix, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Great day out! Ride into history on RC's amazing fleet of historic steam engines. Beautiful ride through the Redwoods. It was unseasonably hot the day we were there, so do bring water on the train. There are no services on the top. Roaring Camp is a bargain for what you get!

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Ocala, Florida
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36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I did this same exact tour in the 4th grade with my class over 30 years ago. Still beautiful and still very interesting. My daughter being a inside type of girl :( surprisingly found it fun and totally beautiful. Husband fully enjoyed it and has been imitating the conductor since the tour. Overall fun, historical and beautiful. It was a... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Do you like trains How about a steam train ride going thru a forest of huge redwood trees? You have the option of traveling in an open carriage which gives you a 360 degree view of the forest. Some trees are huge and you can get a sense being enveloped by nature (even if it is on a train surround... More 

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Soquel, California
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This an interesting outing for the entire family. You can visit and getting a wonderful idea of railroads and in a sense that way of life. But you can also do a complete day trip, pack a picnic basket have lunch, then ride the train all the way down to the Boardwalk for a little more of family fun. Funnel... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Be prepared to spend lots of money. $8 per car for parking (non paved don't bring stroller), $27 per adult and $20 per child for a single 3.5 mile ride. Non covered train cars in sunny, 95 degree weather. Attraction is dusty, dirty and hot. Smelly porta-potties all over. Speakers on train did not work, so no interaction between crew... More 

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