Conway Scenic Railroad Delights Cape Cod Kids
While on our recent family vacation to North Conway we had an opportunity to take a ride on the Conway Scenic Railroad. The kids were excited and enjoyed the old-fashioned railroading experience while seeing the sights including Mt Washington in the distance along the way. We boarded the vintage passenger car and departed from the 1874 station in the middle of North Conway village and journeyed on a historic rail route to Conway.
The staff was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and great with kids. The train was open and roomy. The family friendly atmosphere made it very easy to relax comfortably while taking in the journey. We took a shorter trip from North Conway to Conway and back again. They do have longer trips through the valley where the views are even more spectacular. The longer train ride will definitely be on our list for next time! We also learned some important historical information about the train. The train used to go all the way down to Boston once upon a time. The kids were thrilled when they heard this because it was a neat piece of history that helped make it relate-able and a little closer to home!
One of the main highlights on our trip was when the conductor came by and spent some time with the kids while checking their train ticket. He allowed them to try on the official conductor hat and showed them his antique watch! The kids loved seeing the inner gears of the watch
The kids enjoyed seeing the engine decouple, then drive past us to recouple on the opposite end of the train. I had no idea train engines could even do this so it was fascinating to see. We were also given the chance to see the original glass work in the first class car.
In addition there were so many beautiful sights as we rode along. We took the train trip on our final day of vacation just before we were to drive home to Cape Cod. It was a nice way to decompress from all the activities of the previous few days and a nice way to say goodbye to North Conway until our next trip! Next time we plan on taking the longer ride and having a picnic lunch in the valley! We also scored a little souvenir on our way out: a horseshoe with a tiny replica train and some "gold" on it. It now sits proudly at the head of Ethan's bed and each night he stares at it before going to sleep!
Check out more pictures plus the Cape Cod Kids interview below to hear directly from the kids themselves on what their favorite parts were!
Amy is the Cape Cod Moms blog founder and a working mom of two children, a son and daughter. A native Cape Codder she is extremely passionate about her community. She works full time in the accounting & financial industry, is a current director and former Treasurer of the Falmouth Rotary Club, co-founder of the former Falmouth Young Professionals and volunteers actively in the community. Amy has a background in elementary education, special education and was a former competitive swimmer for 15 years.
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