All Aboard!

Spring has finally sprung here in LA, so I hope you all plan to get outside and enjoy the sun this weekend. As I mentioned last week, I will be enjoying the Golden Dragon Parade and other Chinese New Year shenanigans at Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles. But I’m already thinking about next weekend, because that’s just how I roll. I’m planning on taking my son to Travel Town at Griffith Park. First of all, it’s free (parking and admission). Second of all, it’s really fun!

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If you’ve never been to Travel Town, you should definitely check it out. It’s a really neat spot to explore for adults and kids alike. And again, I emphasize, it’s free.

Travel Town is home to a huge collection of locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars, cabooses, trollies and even a horse-drawn car. Visitors are free to roam the railroad tracks as they discover all of the exhibits at their own pace. For the most part, you are even free to climb up onto the trains and go inside of them. There’s also a main museum that provides history and information on the history of railway transport and other cool travel-esque artifacts.

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The real crowd-pleasers, though, are the train rides. Travel Town offers two distinct train rides to its guests for $2.50 a pop. The Travel Town railroad does a loop two times around Travel Town, whereas the Griffith Park and Southern Railroad takes you on a mile-long journey over a bridge and through a western town. Both of the 1/3 scale trains are a lot of fun and when it’s that cheap, you really can’t lose.

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If you want, you can make a day of it and bring a picnic lunch. There are plenty of tables available so you can take a break from exploring the exhibits and enjoy the company of your family and friends over a bite to eat before taking a train ride. And while you’re nearby, you may just decide to pop over and ride the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round!

Bon Weekend to all! šŸ™‚

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