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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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The SNHS has something for everyone. Exhibits about the railroad technology. Exhibits about the people with various railroad related jobs. Exhibits about the architecture of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Somerville
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Somerville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The SNHS has something for everyone. Exhibits about the railroad technology. Exhibits about the people with various railroad related jobs. Exhibits about the architecture of railroad bridges, stations, etc. Plus a lot more. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly. One should allow at the very least two hours for a visit.

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Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Much to learn. My husband chose this stop. I went willingly. We thoroughly enjoyed being able to walk throughout the facility. Staff and volunteers are knowledgeable and helpful. The train ride with steam engine was a treat! The tour of the work area was good, too.

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Candler, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent place to visit for anyone into trains. Parks Rangers are very knowledgeable about Steamtown. It is a great learning experience with a lot to see. With it being an active rail area, anyone can still walk around the rail yard and look, explore and see all the equipment they have.

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My foster child who is 5 years old loves trains and locomotives and the park has a ton of things children can do; he loves the Excavation play in which kids can dig through loose coal with shovels to find artifacts. Ringing the locomotive bell, watching the Phoebe Snow movie, ride a steam locomotive for several miles to observe a... More 

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Piqua, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I never really had an interest in trains, but going to the steamtown historic site, was a great learning experience. We stepped out of the box looking for a change of pace experience and glad we did. Just the history of the trains along the years was worth the visit.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first visit to Steamtown and it happened to be for Railfest 2016. We almost cancelled our visit when I learned it was Railfest fearing too large of a crowd. However, the grounds are so huge and there was so much to do that the crowd was not an issue. We had to go to see the Big Boy and... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My train loving toddler really enjoyed this place. There's a lot of neat trains to look at and the price is very affordable. Wr spent just over an hour here but you could definitely spend more time exploring.

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Dundas, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Why are there so many Canadian steam locomotives rotting outside? Had 2 kids (4&6.5). Eniugh hands on stuff to keep them engaged, cute indoor playroom. Neat short ride- additional fee.

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Second time going to Steamtown and we spent three days - two of which were the 2016 Rail Fest - at this National Historic Site. Excellent museum, great exhibits, nice 30 minute ride on a Steam powered train. Rangers were excellent with the Ranger lead tours that we took.

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Thank galvirgo
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Steamtown is what every child needs to see. This place is amazing. From the museum to the actual working steam engine. You can ride behind a working steam engine and smell the coal. The staff are very knowledgeable on everything railroad related. I have been there many times, Railfest is by far the best time. great entertainment to lots of... More 

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