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“Fantastic train history museum, especially for kids”

Steamtown National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 35 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.
Reviewed August 17, 2010

Visited this National Historic Site during a trip to Scranton. Lots to see and learn about railroads and trains, including turntable demonstrations and cheap ($3) train rides. Admission is cheap ($6/pp) and sometimes free during the National Park Service's free weekends. If you or someone in your family likes trains, this should definitely be on your list of things to see.

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Reviewed July 30, 2010

Our family recently came back from a short trip to the Scranton area. We visited Steamtown since our son is a train buff. It's definitely worth the trip for train lovers and just train admirers. We had a great behind-the-scenes tour of the train shop and a ride on the 30 minute train ride. There's the turntable which you can watch in action usually around 3:30pm and the Union Pacific Big Boy.

Thank MarylandMarie
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Reviewed July 13, 2010

I love the old trains and the history and stories behind it. I took my children here, ranging in age from 7 to 21. We enjoyed the museum and the displays very much. A lot of reading for the young children, but still a lot to keep them interested as well. Well worth the price of admission. If I was to do it again though, we all agreed the train ride wasn't worth it, but other than that, a nice experience.

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Reviewed July 12, 2010

My family and I on our way back from NH, saw the signs on the highway and decided to take a break from driving and check out Steamtown. We were very happy with this Historic Site. The price of $6 for Adults and free for kids 16 and younger was very reasonable. An additional $3 per person for a short train ride, which we also did, which was also fantastic. You will see lots of old trains, even an engine that is almost cut in half so you can see how it works. We walked through a box car and a caboose, and we even got to see the turntable take an engine for a ride around the circle. My kids also really like riding the 2 man hand pump car. A great 2 hour stop over for all ages.

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Reviewed October 30, 2009

This is a great museum with top notch exhibits. You can also explore the shop where the trains are stored. We spent a full day exploring the museum, walking the train yard, and checking out all of the steam engines. If you're walking to the park from downtown Scranton, take the pedestrian walkway through Steamtown Mall. Get there early to watch the first train pull out of the shop and onto the turntable. The short ride is basically a tour of the trainyard, but my husband really enjoyed the cab ride. Our second day, we took a 4-hour train ride -- beautiful fall leaves and a nice little station awaited at Moscow where you can take a short walk to the historic icehouse.

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