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“interesting miniature train ride for preschoolers plus more fun rides”
Review of Sonoma Train Town

Sonoma Train Town
Ranked #30 of 104 things to do in Sonoma
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Winter Springs, Florida
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186 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
“interesting miniature train ride for preschoolers plus more fun rides”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

This is definitely a fun visit for preschoolers who enjoy kiddie rides-especially if they are in the train fascination stage. On Fridays, when we visited, there is limited operation, basically just the train ride itself, the carousel and the bi-plane ride. The routine seemed to be to go from the train to the carousel and then to the airplane ride, so it's useful to watch the staff to see which direction they are headed first. There are quite a few other rides which are apparently open on weekends only.
Of all the miniature train rides I've taken, this is one of the longest and most interesting, with a little caboose perched on a hillside, waterfalls, bridges to cross, a short dark tunnel, a miniature camp site, and more. The train stops at a child size town with a chapel, barn, jail, firehouse, etc., along with a small petting zoo area and a little wooden "fort" the kids can climb, and where with the binoculars provided they can look over the area. It's a relatively short stop, so you need to move right along from one building to the next.

The airplane ride and carousel are just right for toddlers and preschoolers.
Keep in mind that the admission fee only covers the train ride. You can purchase coupons separately or in a package and one is required for each person on the other rides.
There are some drinks and snacks for purchase at the ticket window and there is a convenient restroom area right where you board the train.

Keep your camera ready near the end of the train ride where there is a large mirror in the woods on the left side. You can ask everyone to wave and catch yourselves in the mirror.

Finally, the new gift shop is quite extensive with lots of fun souvenirs about trains in general and Train Town itself. We attended on the first day it was open and purchased the engineer cap and
one of many nice t-shirt designs for our preschooler.

Visited May 2013
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Vallejo, California
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Miniature steam train ride”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

Have been taking my grandchildren here since the mid 90s and it hasn't lost its luster. If anything it's better. Many volunteers have worked and kept this little jewel painted and spruced up. This place is the perfect size for toddlers. In addition to the train which is one reason to come here by itself, they have other small amusement rides perfect for children and adults alike. Free parking and the prices are extremely reasonable. There is a snack bar and picnic tables, And then afterwards take a stroll through the lovely town of Sonoma.

Visited June 2013
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Petaluma, California
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81 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“GREAT for young kids!”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

This was a regular visiting spot when the kids were little. It is cheerful, interesting and the kids just love it! I belie it now has little amusement park rides

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Northern California
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36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Train good, the rest, eh,,,”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

Took our 2 year old granddaughter. Train trip and the animal stop was fun for us all. The same one or two people were operating all the rides, so had to wait and not many of the rides are for very young kids. Not much else to offer.

Visited April 2013
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Guerneville, California, Usa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Love this place for 20+years”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

Both my kids grew up having their first birthday here. It was even my son's first outing as a new born. It is very nostalgic, you don't find them like this any more. Don't come here with expectations of Disneyland or a giant theme park. Come here with the idea of a train collectors extreme backyard, and you will be amazed and relaxed. There is a small open top train, that you can ride through the property, it is so peaceful and the little kids love it. They have a few other small rides and activities. Yes sometimes the operator works one ride then the next, which I find, sort of adds to the whole feel of the place. You also have a full size couple of train cars to walk through. It does add up a little if you do each attraction, but really no more then taking your kids to the movies, and this is outside hands on. By the way, there is a petting zoo :) it doesn't get more hands on then that. My advice is bring a picnic and go to the Sonoma town square park before or after. Or there is also the Cheese factory, right on the corner in the town square, that has great food to bring to the park. If you want to make it a full adventure day for the kids, here is what we do... We go to Train town in the morning, before it is busy and hot, then we go to the Cheese Factory and get a picnic to eat in the park, and end the day at the Sonoma Mission (which is on the corner by the cheese factory, and we take the kids on a walk, back in time, through the Mission. They will learn more on this adventure day, then months of TV ;) enjoy.

Visited February 2013
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