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Address: 321 Main Street, Union Station, Utica, NY 13501
Phone Number: +1 800-819-2291
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All aboard for the Adirondacks, travel through remote forests, past...

All aboard for the Adirondacks, travel through remote forests, past sparkling rivers, over bridges, tranquil ponds and streams, into the magnificent beauty of the six million acre Adirondack Park. Become a witness of nature's beauty and look out for the many animals and birds along the routes. Our train adventures offer many different scenic excursions departing from Utica's Union Station, Thendara Station near Old Forge, Saranac Lake Union Depot and Lake Placid Station.

For more information on on departures or for contact information please check out our website.

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My daughter and I decided to take the Fall Foliage train ride to Thendera with out the layover. It was a beautiful Sunday, October 11,2015 and the drive from Syracuse was quick... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
New York
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Gainesville, Florida
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52 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Courtesy and comraderie are part of the delight of the 2 hour train trip up to Old Forge, NY. You choose your seats, all comfortable, walk to the "dining car" where you get take out provided by the all volunteer staff, even the train personnel in each car are very knowledgeable volunteers who just love this train and this trip.... More 

Thank DrPam32605
New York
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter and I decided to take the Fall Foliage train ride to Thendera with out the layover. It was a beautiful Sunday, October 11,2015 and the drive from Syracuse was quick and easy along the Thruway. When we arrived it was easy to find the station, get our tickets and get on the train. Obviously the train is older... More 

Thank beachgirls07
San Diego, California
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the Adirondack Scenic Railroad on 10/24/15. I enjoyed the experience but the volunteers, leave a lot to be desired. We unfortunately sat in the "coach" car on the way to Thendara. It was cold and the windows were scratched making them difficult to see through. Our train car volunteer (#1) quickly established her favorites and we were basically... More 

Thank Janet G
Manchester, Connecticut
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21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We booked an early October scenic foliage trip from Utica to Thendara with no layover which was a total round trip time of about 5 hours. The Adirondack Scenic Train office is in a corner of the restored Utica Union station with a short walk to the loading platform--an elevator is available to assist those with walking concerns. The 1950's... More 

1 Thank Carl C
East Meadow, New York
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

My friends and I were looking for something to do while in Utica, so we thought the train would be a nice way to view the fall foliage. The volunteers who run this are very friendly and helpful. The weather was great and the foliage was nice but the experience was just okay. I guess this is not my thing.... More 

1 Thank Karen E
Downers Grove, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We booked the train ride hoping to see fall foliage in late September. We did not see a lot of color, but the train ride was very nice. The ride itself was very scenic, particularly as we got outside of Utica, and the staff were very nice and helpful.

2 Thank Linda S
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

I love the adirondacks but this ride ruined the day we spent in the park. Me and my family bought tickets for a fall foliage ride but we were left sitting in a parking lot for 1.5 hours when the train stopped to eat lunch...now we're left in the middle of no where with nothing to do or do go... More 

4 Thank Beth M
London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We took a train and boat tour from Utica to Thendara and everything was great, except departure organization. Train is great - old looking and spacious with comfortable seats and standing carriage for sightseeing and looking outside. Boat ride is scenic and relaxing. Many train employees are volunteers and do not have answers to basic questions, like when does the... More 

Utica, New York
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978 reviews
584 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 405 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Beautifully restored train, running from Utica to points north. Great way to see the lower foothills of the Adirondacks. Lots of fun runs in the autumn and winter.

1 Thank RonL40
Ottawa, Canada
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99 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

So for the good parts the volunteer staff are very friendly and more than willing to tell a story. We opted for the first class car with the snacks and the snacks were actually more exotic that expected and they did a good job with what the facilities could offer. For the so-so the wine tastings while good were so... More 

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