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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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Menifee, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This is a little place that you don't expect to find. Upon entering you are ushered into another time. You pay your parking fee and walk over a covered bridge to a little town that time forgot. There is a general store, a barn and other buildings. Upon arriving you buy the ticket to ride the train. It is one... More

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Fair Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Very clean and small beach. Got lucky - the butterflies had started to migrate. Not too people on the beach.

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Oxnard, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Had a great BBQ and train ride into the redwoods at night. The static displays and other steam machines were very interesting. I'll have to go back and do the train in the daytime.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The entire complex for the Roaring Camp Railroads is fun, fun, fun!!!! they have lots of activities whether you have kids or not. Lots of live musoc, gold panning, shops and food. The grounds are gorgeous and have lots of picnicking areas. You can also hike in the Henry Cowell State Park that is right next to Roaring Camp. All... More

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Portland, Oregon
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18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

While visiting Santa Cruz we took a day trip up to Felton and took a train ride into the big trees. It was a lot of fun. The engineer was really friendly and when we got to the top before turning around he talked about the area and how the Banana Slug was the local college's mascot and took us... More

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Modesto, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I'm from Santa Cruz and every year we would go to Roaring Camp, every year I would look forward to it. Such a great experience, especially for children and people who love trains. They also have special events, like Tomas the train, Santa Claus, and a lot more.

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Kamloops, Canada
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120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

talk about back in time. we had bbq lunch also - it was excellent. super friendly staff. very peaceful . good history .

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Davis, California
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

I was tagging along with my friend and her children and thought I was being a good sport. I actually enjoyed the experience. It was very clean, well-run, and the train ride was very pretty. I did not feel like they were trying to gouge us for money and the kids enjoyed it very much.

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Costa Mesa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The train was a blast and the conductor made the trip so enjoyable. The redwoods are so magical...hope they stay that way for generations to come!

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

If you are in Santa Cruz/Felton this is a must. The grounds are extensive and include a store, picnic area, food service, and other attractions. On Sunday we hopped the train to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and had a great experience. The cars are open air or covered/enclosed, but it was a beautiful day and warm so the open car... More

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