All aboard !!!! Then stop the pumpkin.
This time of year there are pumpkins in every nursery and garden center, and you really don’t have to take a train to get there, but why not combine a train ride through the spectacular foliage of state, with a stop at a pumpkin patch to make things really festive.
This fall, there are three places in Connecticut where you can take the train to the pumpkin patch.
Danbury Railway Museum offers pumpkin trains for four weekends during the month of October. Train drivers will be treated to a ride through the museum’s train tracks to the pumpkin patch where you’ll be greeted with cookies, apple cider, and a family photo op. Then you and your kids can choose a free pumpkin.
For more details on the Danbury Rail Museum Pumpkin Rides, simply visit their website at danburyrail.org.
The New England Railroad Museum at Thomaston is another of the stops you can make if you want to take a pumpkin train ride.
Here, you’ll enjoy the gorgeous views and fall colors across the upper Naugatuck Valley on their Pumpkin Patch trains. According to the museums website, rmne.org, these pumpkin trains will take you along the southern end of the Naugatuck Line where the river closely follows the tracks, you will have stunning views of the river and surrounding scenery.
During the Pumpkin Trains, visitors will also make a stop at the RMNE Pumpkin Station. Here the kids can go out and select their own pumpkin to take home. The journey takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes and will run from October 17 until Halloween. You can click HERE for tickets and more information.
The last place in Connecticut where you can take a pumpkin train ride is at Essex Steam Train in Essex, Connecticut.
Here you can hop on one of their historic steam trains at Essex station to travel to Deep River for the fall festivities and the pumpkin patch. At the patch, each child chooses a pumpkin and has their face painted with a fun fall design.
The return trip takes you back to Essex Station so the kids can decorate their pumpkin and everyone can enjoy apple cider and donuts as well.
For more information on this route and to purchase tickets, simply visit their website at essexsteamtrain.com.
Here’s a look at one of the rides at the Railway Museum of New England: