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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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Been a long time... Since I was a spoiled brat!

I grew up in Santa Cruz til the ripe age of 19 and one of my worst childhood memories was the horrific birthday party I had at Roaring Camp Railroad as kid... why? Because I was a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
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Big Bear Lake, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We took the shorter ride thank goodness. Bring a jacket its pretty cool. The train is neat, but slow. I loved it ,but my 9 year old was bored to death.

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Fallon, Nevada
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

My son loves Trains and we have done many including the V&T in Carson City/Virginia City, NV, the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, CA, Northern Nevada Railway Museum in Ely, NV and the Western Railway Museum in Fairfield, CA, among others and all I can say this one is by far the absolute worst experience I have ever had.... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I grew up in Santa Cruz til the ripe age of 19 and one of my worst childhood memories was the horrific birthday party I had at Roaring Camp Railroad as kid... why? Because I was a spoiled brat, that's why. Although this is a very family and kid friendly place, without the maturity, appreciation and wisdom of the world... More 

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Eagle, Idaho
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93 reviews 93 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We love the train ride through the mountains. Make sure you look for Banana Slug. The old growth trees are amazing. The Old West Town is fun and the food was ok for the price. Make sure you walk through the National Forest area to the west. Some hotels in Santa Cruz have discount flyers for Roaring Camp.

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san francisco
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18 reviews 18 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

If you have children or just enjoy trains, this ride is for you. The scenery is nice, in the middle of the forest but not extraordinary either. The roaring camp is also well maintained and you can enjoy burgers, hot dogs and fries before or after your train.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Went on this ride with my 3 boys (12, 7 and 5) and they had a great time. We tried to go on the 12pm but it was sold out so had to wait for the 2pm. It was a great experience for the kids but even I had a good time. The train goes slow so not a scary... More 

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Stockton, CA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

One of the reviews below claims the Santa Cruz, Big Trees and Pacific Railway train was "broke down looking and frankly it sounded like it was going break down any second." This train has been running safely for thirty years. For ONE person to decide it sounds unsafe and then pronounce that to the world is not responsible. There are... More 

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Cleveland, Mississippi
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

My son and I took the train and were miserable because of the cold weather. Please, please, take a hat, a coat, a scarf, warm shoes, and an extra blanket. I am not kidding!!

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Eugene, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I was going to venture up to Felton to get on the train and give my daughter who brought from out of state to experience some of my child memories the same experience. But as I'm walking along the tracks on the back side of the boardwalk along Beach Street, I notice as the train goes by how filthy, broke... More 

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Orange
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We came the day after Thanksgiving, a very popular day. Extra trains had been added to accommodate the crowd, and our train was a little late, but so what. We went up the mountain, and the ride through the trees is just gorgeous. This is an authentic steam train experience. It goes slowly (therefore you can enjoy the scenery). A... More 

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