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“Scenic Railroad to see the fall colours”

Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Ranked #2 of 2 Tours in Utica
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: All aboard for the Adirondacks, travel through remote forests, past sparkling rivers, over bridges, tranquil ponds and streams, into the magnificent beauty of the six million acre Adirondack Park. Become a witness of nature's beauty and look out for the many animals and birds along the routes. Our train adventures offer many different scenic excursions departing from Utica's Union Station, Thendara Station near Old Forge, Saranac Lake Union Depot and Lake Placid Station. For more information on on departures or for contact information please check out our website.
Reviewed November 2, 2012

I travelled upto Old Forge on the Scenic Railroad last september. The colours were very pretty and it was well worth the trip to see the view.

It took about a couple of hours to ride the train then we had a good amount of time in Old Forge itself. Its a beautifull part of the USA and I guess it gets overlooked by tourists from abroad as New England is the famous, autum trip to see the colours.

The railroad is a very good way to view them if you are limited for time. The train itself is not in great condition. It is old and has seen better days, but it is perfectly adequate and comfortable. There is a buffet car, which is very reasonable if limited. There are plenty of places to eat in Old Forge so that isnt a problem.

You are provided with some info about what you are passing along the way and I did enjoy the ride very much. The staff, maybe there are a few volunteers amongst them are very helpfull and have local knowlage to pass on to anyone who asks and is interested.

If you just want to sit and enjoy the view that is fine.

I only did the ride to see the colours but they do quite a few different type of trips, from christmas ones with children in mind to 'grow up themed nights where the beer and wine flows'. i would imagine they could be very enjoyable nights out with a small party of friends.

As the carridge wasnt in the best of shape its difficult to give it more than 4 out of 5, but I guess untill they have made some money the money to give the cars a refurbishment isnt there.

Worth going on and I will go on it again when I am next in Utica in september.

Thank 317nic1963
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

this is one of the best attractions in Central New York. the staff of volunteers are the best. it's a great trip for young, old and in between. even when it rains!

Thank tapper54
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

This is a great time, fun again for all ages. They even have a staged train robbery on some scheduled times. The scenery is very beautiful almost any time of year, even more so during fall and winter. It's a sure bet for a good time on your trip in upstate NY.

Thank RockinRob1
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

This is fun all year round -- try the wine and beer train for adults, the great train robbery, the foliage tours to Thendara etc. But the Polar Express is an awesome trip for kids which follows the book. It's crowded and only one child gets picked to be special. I would rather see more kids involved. But it's good. All the kids seemed happy.

1  Thank MarilynUtica_NY
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

There are so few opportunities for kids to ride a train that this is a great chance for them to experience old fashion transportation. Whether you choose a round trip from Utica with a day in Old Forge or just a short excursion this is a great activity. There are many special events during the course of the summer and fall with train robberies, bike transport, and fall leaf excursions, Their website,www.adirondackrr.com, details the options available!

Thank Gillylax
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