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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 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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Draper, Utah
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102 reviews 102 reviews
30 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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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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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Sacramento, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The combination of the two train rides offered--one up a mountain through redwoods and the other a combination of that plus a trip to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for a one-hour layover there, is a perfect half-day trip. We also ate at the restaurant at Roaring Camp, a kind of walk-up, takeaway place, and the burgers and fries were... More

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Berkeley, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

You get to ride a very old steam train which is kinda cool as it takes you back in time. The train starts in Felton and goes through the Redwood Forest. Depending upon who the conductor is, you'll get a very cool history lesson of the area. We took the train from Felton to Santa Cruz and got off and... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I am not a fan of railroads...until now. THe experts at Roaring Camp have converted me. Initially, locals talked me into this railroad ride, and I went along begrudgingly, but it was outstanding. You got a sense of history, and learned about the natural history as well. You are able to have a short hike and experience some stunning cathederal... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I have taken the steam train numerous times since I was a child and it's always a nice ride with beautiful scenery. This time we tried the moonlight dinner steam train party - the food was delicious - the train ride was very pretty as it was getting dark - different perspective on the trees in the dusk. My only... More

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Olathe, KS
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We timed our visit to be able to see Thomas the Tank. What a great ride through the redwoods. We got there a bit early and walked the trail around the trees as well. The event was enjoyed by the kiddos and there were a lot of activities to do as well.

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Sacramento, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Second year in a row attending this event (Day out with Thomas). Beat the traffic, parking wait and crowds by taking one of the first rides in the morning. This year we went on the last Sunday of the event at 0900 hours. Great cool weather, no lines to park and minimal people there. The grounds are wonderful. Lots of... More

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