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Address: 225 10th St, Boone, IA 50036-2004
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Fun on the train one more time. Here our 50-State Quest takes us to Iowa the 44th state for this review. Done in August of ((2000 not 2016)). We did 4 others states that year... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed February 5, 2017
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Kelseyville, California

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42 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

We took the Valentines train and sprung for one of the private cabins. It was quiet and peaceful and we both had a window seat. The food was delicious and the staff was incredibly friendly, asking for feedback and making sure we had what we needed. It's not the most scenic ride in February, but it's a fun excursion nonetheless.... More 

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Kelseyville, California
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115 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2017

Fun on the train one more time. Here our 50-State Quest takes us to Iowa the 44th state for this review. Done in August of ((2000 not 2016)). We did 4 others states that year with only one of them that had been seen before. Every state does have at least one good thing and this was chosen for just... More 

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46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

Fun train ride. It was a snowy day so that added to the magic for the kids. We enjoyed the views, the ride and the visit from Santa.

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Thank Austin G
Omaha, Nebraska
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016 via mobile

We bought first class tickets for the Santa express. It was total fiasco from the beginning. 1. We got their an hour early as the website encourages. I asked at the counter if we needed to get in line now so we could sit together. She said no that if we go in at the same time we would be... More 

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Knoxville
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47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

We arrived about 30 minutes prior to departure on a 75 degree, partly cloudy October Friday, and though the outdoor car tickets were sold out, we were able to purchase first class tickets. Boarding started on time and we proceeded to the front of the train, where we were able to get an upper-level, vista seat. We were disappointed the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

We took the Dinner Train in November hoping to see some of the colors. We did see some but a lot had already fallen. They had assigned seating and dinner was served to you. We had a window view and ate as we talked and enjoyed the view. It was a relaxing 2 hrs trip. The waitresses were amazing. I... More 

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omaha
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I took our three youngest grandchildren (9, 8 & 5) for the afternoon train ride. Everyone loved the ride and museum which is attached. Make sure you bring cash for the concession car as they do not take cards. We went on a cool fall day so rode in the non climate controlled car and we were... More 

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Minnesota
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74 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

Train ride is an experience, however, the scenery is not a "wow". What you see is brush and dirt they have pushed aside. Going over the high bridge probably looks more awesome from down below rather than being on the train.

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Thank CordeliaMinnesota
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016 via mobile

too many trees not enough views. overall was fun for my 1st train ride. Use of steam engine was awesome

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Northfield, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

We went to Boone for Thomas's Day Out. We usually go to Duluth for it, but the parking is a nightmare and it always very hot. Boone was more low key, although it seemed they had a lot less activities. The train ride was longer then Duluth, it was about 30 mins and we actually went somewhere, at Duluth they... More 

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