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Play Places for Train Lovers: Train Parks and Railroad Museums

Play Places for Train Lovers: Train Parks and Railroad Museums

Train parks abound in Orange County. Whether you like to see big locomotives up close, far away, play on them, ride on them — we’ve got the parks for you. Please comment if we are missing any! I’d love to have a complete list someday.

Brush Canyon Park, Yorba Linda
See BNSF whoosh by.

San Clemente Beaches
These tracks run all up and down the beaches in San Clemente. Cover your ears; they are loud!

San Onofre State Beach
You can see Amtrak in the distance from the bluff top — or closer up from the parking areas.

They come rumbling over your head at Trestles.

Orchard Park, Irvine
This one is just the right size for toddlers.

Irvine Regional Park
For a fee, you can ride the train at Irvine Park Railroad.

Pines Park and Capo Beach
Views from the bluff or the beach.  I even have a video on the Capo Beach post. Get the kids all excited before you go!

Descanso Park and Los Rios Park (San Juan Capistrano)
Los Rios is very near the San Juan Capistrano train station. Descanso is a little further down the line.

Creekside Park (Dana Point)
More distant views of the trains across San Juan Creek also down the line from Descanso.

*Don’t think I need to say it – but I’ll say it anyways: If it’s you against the train, the train’s gonna win. Be safe and stay off the tracks!

More Southern California outings for train lovers:

Originally published in June 2010.


Monday 9th of July 2012

When my kids were small they loved to go to the heritage park in Santa Fe Springs... it is a really nice place for children who love trains ...


Wednesday 11th of July 2012

Thanks for the tip, Mia.


Wednesday 28th of March 2012

Have you been to Goathill Junction in Irvine or the Riverside Steamers in Riverside at Hobby Hunter Park. You have to check the dates - because they are basically only certain Sundays of the month but they are minitature trains that you can ride for FREE! They do ask for donations. Great fun for little boys that love trains.


Thursday 17th of February 2011

My boys love trains. Even though we live a couple blocks from the train tracks, they still get excited everytime we see one. We'll have to remember this post next time we are in So. Cal.

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