Chances are if you are from Southern New England your childhood included a trip to Edaville Railroad. You might recall a leisurely train ride through the park’s cranberry bogs or a visit to see the park’s Christmas Lights. We visited this past weekend and the train and the lights are still there, but a lot has changed at Edaville in the past few years. The former railroad park has been transformed into a theme park for families and is still expanding. Keep reading for the top three reasons that you should check it out.
1. A Variety of Attractions
After passing through the entrance you will immediately encounter the carousel. As you venture further in you will find the Eli wheel and the Flying Elephants, all of which you might remember from years past. However, many new rides and attractions have been added. In fact, the park’s website boasts 90 rides and attractions. Included in these are Ellis’s Playhouse, an indoor area with rides for extremely small children, Dino Land (which does not open until mid-May), model trains, and play areas for children with Duplo blocks and train tables. Other unique experiences include a fishing pond and a small museum dedicated to cranberry farming. Taking into consideration seasonal and special events it is guaranteed neither the kids nor the adults that accompany them will be bored. And, if you need a break there are plenty of green areas and picnic tables where you can relax with your family.
2. Thomas Land
This area merits special mention because Edaville is the only park in the US, and one of only three in the world, that has a Thomas Land. This highly themed area includes many rides and attractions all of which are based upon characters and locales from Sodor, the fictional island which serves as the setting for the popular television series Thomas and Friends. A highlight for bigger kids is a small roller coaster, the Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster. Also noteworthy is Winston’s Skyline Express which gives riders and elevated view of the park. Make sure to stop by the sweet shop for some old-fashioned candy (think Squirrel Nut Zippers!) Additional attractions include the Cran-tastic Cranberry Jubilee live show featuring Thomas’ friends, an area for birthday parties, and a gift shop that sells tons of officially licensed Thomas merchandise.
3. The Train
The train is the reason people have headed to Edaville since the 1940s and it is still a major attraction. During our visit, the train was pulled by Thomas the Tank Engine and our son had a chance to “meet” him before boarding. The leisurely ride through the property’s scenic cranberry bogs also provides visitors a chance to see most of the park. The excursion takes about 20 minutes and unlimited rides are included with the price of admission. Make sure to check out the caboose which has a “special” seating area for kids!
Aside from everything that Edaville is currently offering, the park has ambitious plans for expanding. If you want to learn more about the history of the park and their plans for the future, check out this great article In the meantime, check out the park for yourself and stay tuned for our coverage of seasonal and special events – we hope to return to Edaville soon. See ya there!
Best for: Families with young children (approximately 0-8 years old). Many height requirements are 42” or 36”; however smaller children can ride with an adult on most rides
Pricing: Ages 4-59 $37
Ages 2-3 and 60+ $32
Money Savers: pre-season offers, MA resident discount, online date specific pre-purchase, season pass