Top 5 Train Rides in Missouri
If you are a train-lover, Missouri is one of the best places to go. There are many different train rides around Missouri that offer short or long rides. Some have themed days, others have amazing four-course meals, and almost all have beautiful sightseeing. Here we will discuss five of the top train rides around Missouri.
Best Dinner Train: Silver Chef, Branson Scenic Railway
The Branson Scenic Railway is known for its Polar Express train ride during the Christmas holidays, but it can also be enjoyed any time of the year. This train starts and ends in Branson, Missouri, and travels through the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. A normal round-trip excursion costs between $2-$29 depending on age.
If visiting between April and October, couples and families can also enjoy a four-course dinner train, which leaves every Saturday at 5 pm. The dinner train runs from $69-$79.
Best Train for Themed Events: St. Louis Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
The St. Louis Iron Mountain and Southern Railway offers 2-hour roundtrip rides every Saturday at 1 pm on their ninety-five-year-old railcars. The train starts and stops in Jackson, Missouri. The train rides start between $10-17 for a normal Saturday ride, to $28-45 for a dinner train ride.
They also offer many themed events monthly, which can include Murder Mystery rides, Santa Express, dinosaur train, Chocolate Express, and a Historical Ghost Train. Check out their website for more details and themed events happening this month!
Best Train for a Short Ride: The Belton, Grandview, and Kansas City Railroad
The Belton, Grandview, and Kansas City Railroad is in Belton, Missouri. It is a short train ride at only 45 minutes round trip. Train lovers will enjoy the 1920’s passenger cars and the 1950’s locomotive train rolling through Old Towne Belton. Train rides are $12 for all ages 3 and up.
Best Train for Sight Seeing: Missouri River Runner, Amtrak
The Missouri River Runner goes between two major cities, St. Louis and Kansas City. If you are a lover of wine, it also stops off in Hermann, Missouri’s wine country. And for all the history buffs, it has a stop in the city of Independence, which is President Harry S. Truman’s hometown. The entire ride from St. Louis to Kansas City can take a little less than 6 hours. Tickets can be purchased on the Amtrak website.
Best Train for Kids: Wabash Frisco and Pacific Railroad Association, Glencoe
Visit the Wabash, Frisco, and Pacific Railroad for the most unforgettable miniature train ride. Hop aboard the 12-inch gauge steam railroad and travel the 2 miles through the woods and next to the Meramec River. The full round-trip ride takes about 30 minutes. Tickets are $20 for a full passenger car, and each passenger car can fit up to 5 people.
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