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“Nice Family Outing”

Downeast Scenic Railroad
Ranked #4 of 16 things to do in Ellsworth
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Nice Family Outing”
Reviewed January 14, 2012

We were lucky enough to ride on the inaugural run in 2010 and as a local I enjoyed the unique view of the city as well as the part of the trip that goes into the wetlands.

It was also interesting to see the transitions of the route....you start in downtown, go further uptown, switch the engine to go back through town and into the wetlands, then turn around again and back to the middle of the line! My husband and son loved watching the engine change from front to back (twice!) but the small kids got bored sitting in a field or lumberyard waiting to move again.

Overall it was kind of pricey ($13/adults, $7 kids 3 and up) for just a trip up and down the line, but for elementary school age kids, locals, and/or train enthusiasts it's worth it!

At the time we visited you were supposed to be able to make reservations ahead, but we just showed up. There is an open car, that is just picnic tables on a flatbed, a traditional coach (with seat backs that still flip!), and a caboose that is special reservation only and costs extra to ride.

Visited February 2011
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Oxford
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Trains return to Ellswort”
Reviewed December 13, 2011

The is was a fun outing for my wife and several family members.Tickets were $79 for 4 adults and 3 children. We road in the open car and got to see ospreys, have a snack and enjoy the sunshine. Both children and adults had a wonderful time riding the rails and going back to a time when railroads were a principal means of travel. Hopefully the Downeast Scenic will continue to expand.

Visited July 2011
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Sassano, Italy
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fun way to spend the afternoon”
Reviewed September 22, 2011

Short enjoyable train ride. We sat in the open car(get there early to secure a seat in that car), and ate our picnic lunch as the train chugged down the track. All the workers were volunteers and they were most helpful and friendly. I would consider this a child, more than an adult activity.

Visited July 2011
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Maine
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Loved it, even as a local!”
Reviewed September 3, 2011

Very relaxing ride with friendly staff. It was chilly and drizzly out but we still had a great time!

Visited September 2011
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Southwest Harbor, Maine
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A fun trainride”
Reviewed September 3, 2011

Have been meaning to go since it opened. It is a fun little train ride through Ellsworth. Great for children, and people who enjoy trains. All the volunteers were very friendly, and helpful. We even brought our dog.

Visited September 2011
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