Minnesota Transportation Museum
193 Pennsylvania Ave E, St Paul
These guys are open 10am-4pm Wednesdays and Saturdays year round! General admission is $5 for kids ages 2-4 and $6-$10 for everyone else. Saturdays are a couple of bucks more than Wednesdays. There are caboose rides on Saturdays, included in the price of admission, that leave every half hour. There are also 30 minute classic bus rides that leave hourly, beginning at 10:30am and ending at 1:30pm which tour St. Paul telling the history of the city's transportation networks.
Jackson Street Roundhouse
The Jackson Street Roundhouse has a classic collection of railroad rolling stock, memorabilia, and exhibits. See the "Casey Jones" steam locomotive undergo restoration. Plus, watch one of the nation's last surviving operational turntables. The roundhouse is open year round for visitors and groups of any size.
Other activities include 'Tots and Trains' held on Wednesdays from 10am-noon for family playtime, crafts, and story time. Coffee and treats for grown-ups (awesome!). Cost for this event is $7 for adults, $6 for kids ages 5 and up, $5 for ages 2-4. Under 2 is free. 'Santa's Playshop is open select days in December and looks to be as amazing as a holiday family event could be. Cost for this is $10/adult, students (age 5-15) and seniors are $8, and kids ages 2-5 are $5. Under 2 is free.
Osceola and St. Croix Valley Railroad -Historic Train Rides
Historic Osceola, WI Train Depot
Take a vintage train ride along the St. Croix Valley railway May-October. Regular excursions depart from Osceola to Marine on St. Croix at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm and last 90 minutes; and those from Osceola to Dresser, WI depart at 1:15 pm, and last 50 minutes. All trains are round trip with air conditioned and open window cars available on all trains. Tickets range in price from $5-$15 dollars for a basic ride. Upgrades with snacks/beverages run about $25 per ticket. Children 5 and under are $5. Special themed rides are also available such as fall color tours, brunch rides, kids' pizza rides and more. Click on Special Events to see what is new.
The 261 Train Ride
Email them with questions. Contact info is online.
Friends of the 261 is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote public understanding of the history of railroading in the Midwest. Started in 1991, Friends of the 261 is a volunteer group that supports the operation of the the largest coal fired steam engine still in operation, the Milwaukee Road 261. They also own a fleet of maroon and orange Milwaukee Road passenger cars updated with modern conveniences and mechanics. These include the last operating Milwaikee Road "Skytop" glass-backed observation car and a Super Dome car. They schedule their own trips with tickets for sale to the public to places like Chicage, Milwaukee, Whitefish and more! You can book your own trips too for anywhere in Amtrak's system.
Minneapolis in Minnehaha Park near Highway 55 and Minnehaha Parkway. The Minnehaha Depot, a.k.a. 'Princess depot is a jewel of days gone by on the Milwaukee Road railway. Open Sundays Memorial Day through Labor Day, 2pm-6pm.
Choo Choo Bob's Train Store
2050 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul
A great store for your little train enthusiast! Watch their television show on channel 45 prior to your visit if possible. The store is very child-friendly, with many train tables that young kids can play with, while you browse their extensive collection of train related toys and items. If you are lucky the owner will be wearing his engineer outfit! They also offer a birthday party room and story times selected Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10am.
328 Lake Street, Excelsior
Streetcar does not operate during inclement weather. Board at Water Street stop between 3rd and George Street -or- at Old Excelsior Blvd near Minnehaha Blvd.
$2/person, kids under 3 ride free. They offer day passes for $5 too. Cash or check only.
Thursdays May-Oct, 2-6pm
Saturdays May through Sept 8, 10am-4pm
Saturdays Sept 15-Oct 1311a,-3pm.
Sundays May 6-Sept2 1pm-4pm.
Special events around Thanksgiving/Christmas times
They help in hosting the Excelsior Farmers Market Thursdays May through October and host Memorial Day, Art on the Lake, Story Time Trolley on selected summer evenings, Independence Day, Crazy Days with extended hour and merchants on the street, Labor Day, Apple Day (a yearly festival with merchants and food), Halloween Trolley, Trick or Trolley for younger children, and Christkindles Market where you get to ride with Santa and shop in an open air German Christmas market!
305 Water Street, Excelsior
Open Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. May through October and Holidays Memorial Day through Labor Day. Fall color cruises start after Labor Day and run until mid-October. These cruises last about an hour and cost $10 for adults and $5 for those under age 12. 'Wayzata Concert Cruises' are only available certain days and cost $15/adult, $5/child. 'Art on the Lake' days, 'Excelsior Apple' days, and 'Wayzata JJ Hill' days are also only certain dates and cost a mere $5/adult and $5/child.
Jonathan Padelford Packet Boat Co., Inc
Harriet Island, St. Paul
They have a small fleet of ships to embark on adventures down the Mississippi. Prices vary depending on the package you choose. Basic, with no meal included is around $20/adult and $13/kid ages 3-12. Buy tickets online for discounted rates. Various boats highlight different locals, but tours are about 90 minutes in length from May to early September at noon and 2pm. Bring jackets and sweaters as the river gets cold, even in the summer. Snacks can be purchased on the boats.
Twin City Model Railroad Museum
1021 Bandana Blvd. East, Suite 222, Saint Paul
Avoid Tuesday evenings, as this is when repairs are done and the trains might not be in motion! Closed Mondays. Kids 5 and under are FREE and admission for older folks is $3 per person. The Museum is a non-profit organization composed of over 100 members who volunteer their time, money and skills to bring you a scale model panorama of railroading in the United States during its heyday in the 1930s, '40s and '50s. They also have two Thomas the Tank Engine tables that the children can play with.
Como-Harriet Streetcar Ride
952-922-1096 to reserve a charter
4200 Queen Ave S, Minneapolis
Cash or check only. Streetcar does not operate during inclement weather. Board at the Linden Hills station -or- at the Lake Calhoun platform on Richfield Road just south of 56th Street. $2/person, kids under 3 ride free. They offer day passes for $5 too.
Saturday and Sunday, May-Sept, 12:30-8:30pm
Monday-Friday, October-November 18, 12:30-4:30pm
Wed May 25-August 6:30pm-8:30pm, additionally in June, July, and August 1pm-4pm.
A multitude of special events yearly including a Classic Car Show, Memorial Day, PJ Party, Independence Day, Murder Mystery events, a Streetcar Camp for Kids, Labor Day, Farmer Ken's Pumpkin Patch, Ghost Trolley, Trick or Trolley, and Holly Trolley.