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Steamtown National Historic Site

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Address: 4 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, PA 18503
Phone Number: 570 340-5200
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This small museum is all about steam engines and their contribution to...

This small museum is all about steam engines and their contribution to America's economy in the 19th century.

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If you are looking for a great train ride, you won't find it most days here. The staff is very up front about that, and most days you weill need to go elsewhere to truly savor the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are looking for a great train ride, you won't find it most days here. The staff is very up front about that, and most days you weill need to go elsewhere to truly savor the thrill of riding trains. Now that that's out of the way, let me tell you our experience at Steamtown. My traveling companion and... More 

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Cheshunt, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A small group of us railroad enthusiasts put a visit to this museum on our visit list whilst in this area of the USA. We were not disappointed. Right from the beginning of our visit, we found everyone really friendly and helpful. The actual roundhouse is amazing with so many railroad items to view. We found the display of locomotives... More 

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Medina, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful facility to visit as the vast majority of the site is in a gorgeous train roundhouse. The rest of the site is a working train yard. I say "working" train yard because there are trains that will be moving around while you go across the tracks to look at the many steam engines and train cars... More 

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Mahopac, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Stemtown in Scranton and were pleasantly surprised. We tok the train ride in an old steam engine. The tour guide was very interesting and full of information. After theft we visited the Roundhouse which contains numerous exhibits about the history of trains. The young people with us loved it, especially since everything was child friendly. They were allowed... More 

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Forest Hill, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We brought our 4yo here for a visit and he really enjoyed seeing the trains and going on the train ride. I would have liked to spend more time looking at all the exhibits, but it was hard with a little one.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really well done historical sight. There are play areas for little ones, lots to climb on and explore and tons of detailed historical information for the train and history buff. Just when you think you have seen it all, there is another room. We go every year and love it - parents, teens, kids.

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Calverton, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you remember the old steam engines chugging along the countryside or were in love with your set of Lionel trains at Christmas this is the place for you! This lesser known National Park is dedicated to keeping the history of people who worked on the railroads and how they helped shape the history of the US. This has a... More 

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Kingston, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a destination place to visit. The pickings for things to do in the immediate vicinity are slim. That being said, this is an interesting national park preserving the traditions of the steam locomotive era. The museum is housed in a restored roundhouse, with about eight or nine themed rooms taking you full circle. Plan on at least an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even if you couldn't give two sheets to wind about locomotives or railroads, it would take a very stout heart of ignorance to not appreciate the relevance of this site to American History. The site documents the rise of the American Railroad and its relationship to Pennsylvania, as well as the nation, to its pinnacle and the eventual decline to... More 

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Plain City, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There's so much to see & do here, you could spend the whole day. I recommend at least 3-4 hours. There are many trains to see; mostly engines, but some cars & caboose, one you can climb inside. They offer a train ride for an extra fee, but we didn't take that. We also didn't get a chance to see... More 

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