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“Don't Miss This Great Museum”

Steamtown National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Scranton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This small museum is all about steam engines and their contribution to America's economy in the 19th century.
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Don't Miss This Great Museum”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

The railroads made many a millionaire in this region, since the railroads were the basic transportation for moving coal to market. Outstanding displays; great for children and adults; Don't miss the roundhouse; the day trips; and just watching the trains pull out of the station. And there is a fun gift shop on site, easy access to the Steamtown Shopping Mall which includes a large food court. Family fun.

Visited June 2012
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Harveys Lake PA
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A national treasure”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

Live steam, getting up close and personal with these incredible trains... History comes alive. Makes me wish I could go back in time or live when steel rails made about country great...

Visited October 2012
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Zurich
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Lots to learn and see!”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

Loved this site. Would like to some 'hands - on activities for the under 10s (majority of visitors come with young children) and a snack station or something, there was no where to get a drink or snack and people spend afternons here! You can go inside the depot and see restoration work, ride a steam train for $5 which was very interesting with volunteer giving local history of the yard.. Walk the outside yard.

Visited November 2012
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Honesdale, Pennsylvania, United States
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Train Ride!”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

Took the Steamtown to Moscow Photo run by trip during Railfest 2011... a great step back into traveling by rail with a steam engine. LOVED IT!

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San Antonio, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
147 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Nostalgic. A must visit.”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

We used our Senior Passes which got us in free, but bought a ticket to ride in the cabin of the engine. What wonderful, knowledgeable team of operators.
So pay a little extra and ride in the steam engine (must be 14 or older) with the engineer. Or get a ticked to ride in the back. What fun. The ride was 30 minutes, which went by far too quickly.
The schedule can change but they post it online for viewing so take a look before you arrive. There was so much to see at this Historic Site and lots to read. It is very well done. Lots of trains on site to walk around, through, and video or photo.
We stopped by the gift store and bought a sweatshirt as a remembrance. What nice people.

Visited October 2012
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