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“Nice 3 hour scenic trip (round trip) if you don't get off”

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Peninsula
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

End to End, you can expect a 3 hour trip from end to end and back again. Tickets for adult coach were $17 each with a $2 service fee making them really $19 each. We saw that there are specialty trips from time to time like a beer tasting, wine tasting, dinner, Polar Express (Christmas holiday) and even Halloween theme trips which often come with higher prices. VIP upper deck prices looked to be $24 an adult. They pass out information on the history of the railroad, Cuyahoga National Park brochures, and offer other pamphlets on board. A snack car with beverages, snacks, food, and souveniers is available. Overhead speakers play recorded information about the valley, early settlers, the changing technological nature of the ages, the towpath, the locks, and the advance of the railroad. The information stated there were headphones available, but we never saw anyone with them. If your fellow passengers in your car aren't talking too loudy or babies/children crying etc you may be able to hear the narration. The views were nice, but not spectacular. The trees were changing color but some were past peak and we were told that the next weekend would likely be the best colors of the fall. You are able to come and go from the various stops and explore, hike, or bike at any stop. It will be about 1.5 hours before a train heading in the opposite direction will be along or 3 hours for one heading in the direction that we were headed before getting off so you need to plan wisely. At the Akron North stop, there is a shuttle that will transfer you to some local area sights like the zoo where admission will be extra. The volunteer staff are helpful and willing to answer your questions, help you with taking a photo, and dressed to the part they are filling. The trains were comfortable, clean, and the restrooms of each car were spacious and working. You are allowed to bring your own beverages and snacks which I reccommend that you do as vending machine items were $1.40, popcorn was $4.00, ice cream $2.00, and so on. Our recommendation is Paradise for getting off and exploring as there is enough to see and do there if you are so inclined to do so. If not, sit back and enjoy the view of the National Park, a ride on the scenic/historic train, and the company of those with you on your trip. There isn't too much wildlife to view, and you see people's homes and businesses along the way. The educational narrative, if you can hear it, is enlightening. We enjoyed our ride and we shared photos with family and friends that will likely want to go when they visit the area.

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Reviewed October 20, 2013

Rode on the CVSRR Saturday October 19. We were in the dome car( a must if you can get it, very limited seating. about 30 people only. If not get first class in the Emerson Car, great.) The scenery was wonderful, the train ride was great and very smooth. Went on the scenic 3 hour tour of the National Park(round trip time). In the dome or first class, a drink ( coffee or water) and snack is offered. A diner car is also available for a larger snack. No complaints about the experience. Wonderful.

3  Thank Paul H
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

fun for families, fun for anyone, somethign unique and check out the special events, you can bring a bike and do the bike aboard.

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Reviewed October 5, 2013

What a great way to spend a beautiful autumn day. We caught the 9:05 train in Independence, OH. The guys put our bikes on the train and for just $3 we rode to Akron so that we could bike downhill for approx. 25 miles. It was a brisk fall morning and I wish we had known it would be cold on the train - we were dressed in bike shorts and our legs got very cold - but that's a minor inconvenience to a wonderful experience. The trail is fantastic - one of the most lovely trails we've ever been on. Stopped for lunch at a little roadside cafe along the way and the proprietor had lots of info for us about other trails to ride. This is really a fun day - hope you get an opportunity to try it out. (It's a Rails to Trails path so very easy to peddle).

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Reviewed October 3, 2013

We took our grandkids on this train ride during the day a few year ago. You can see deer, birds, etc along the way. In the Fall the changing leaves are beautiful. They also have a nice night-time Xmas train ride for the kdis where they wear their Pj's and a story is told to them.

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