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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 33 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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Santa Cruz, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Took the train through the woods ticket, they had some shops in the small old timey town where the train station was. The train itself was small but nice, We stopped when we got to the top of the mountain for a walk and history tour from one of the conductors. The only part that bothered me was the black... More

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Sacramento
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46 reviews 46 reviews
5 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We took the steam train and had a lot of fun. There are a few activities you can do before the train goes, and when we went the kids could make wax drip candles for free. The train ride was nice and enjoyable.

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Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

There is nothing like travelling on a 100 year old steam train through ancient redwood forest. The noise, the smell, the colossal majesty of the red woods. This was an absolutely amazing experience which I was glad to be a part of. My only negative would be that being in the first carriage, it was difficult to hear and understand... More

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The Woodlands, TX
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65 reviews 65 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I had wanted to take this train ride a few years back when I visited California but did not have time. This time I went online before my trip and found that they have a train ride thru the redwoods into Santa Cruz at the Boardwalk. This was perfect. We did not have to fight the Santa Cruz traffic and... More

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Mill Valley, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Had more fun than we expected. Riding down a residential street on a train was a surprise. Staff very friendly.

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San Francisco, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I was told about this place by a colleague of mine, since my parents were visiting me. I checked online and found the Big Tree steam engine train ride, which seemed interesting to me. There are small prototypes at the beginning of the roaring camp, which seems to fascinate children and people in general. It's amazing how they have setup... More

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Richland, Washington
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59 reviews 59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We chose the trip up the mountain and it turned out to be something fun and different for the family. I recommend this to anyone with children that like trains or for people with some time to kill. The conductor was great and was happy to answer any questions. The only drawback was the price. It's a little expensive if... More

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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We saw the railroad attraction in passing, and decided to visit the following day on our way to San Francisco, and so glad we did. We didn't have time other than to do the train ride, but, what a great time! Apart from a wonderful ride through the forest, our guardsman and guide provided us with an informative and lively... More

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Clovis, Ca.
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This place is well organized and interesting. There are lots of old trains, buildings, picnic areas, and sites of interest such as a working blacksmith shop. One could easily spend most of the day there.

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Houston
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Took the family here while visiting SC during summer vacation. Great fun riding through the red wood forests through the mountains in a steam engine train on open cars. Entire train ride lasts about 1 1/2 hours. Location also has gift store, food, picnic area and other activities.

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