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Family Travel Ideas – Trolley Tours

If you’re out and about looking for an educational event and family fun, take the kids, along with Grandmom and Grandpa to visit the Connecticut Trolley Museum, located in East Windsor, Connecticut. Open all year long, the museum is located on 17 acres, where visitors can enjoy round-trip 3 mile long trolley tours while listening to an educational narrative.  The Connecticut attraction, staffed by volunteers, owns over 70 pieces of rail equipment owned by the museum, some of them dating as far back as 1869.

Kid Friendly Holiday Events

Start a family tradition this Holiday Season by visiting the Connecticut Trolley Museum during it’s 3rd Annual Winterfest holiday event where you can ride the Connecticut Trolley Museum’s rails and sing-along in both the electric sleigh and heated closed cars through the “Tunnel of Lights light display.”

The kids can join motormen in singing traditional Christmas carols while admiring the hundreds of lights overhead.

During this family oriented seasonal extravaganza, after a 1-1/2 mile journey along the rails, everyone will return to the Visitor Center where you can visit the old-time Gift Shop and warm up with steaming cups of hot cocoa and coffee along with popcorn!  You can listen to the live entertainment taking place on the caboose of a vintage trolley!

…. Clang, Clang Clang Goes the Trolley; Ding Ding Ding Goes the Bell …

On a very cold evening here in New England, my husband and I, along with my daughter, charming son-in-law and the grandkids enjoyed all sights and sounds that Winterfest had to offer at the CT Trolley Museum.

Admission included a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and the grand-kids left with smiles on their faces along with a small token gift after being asked if they had been “naughty or nice” this year, and a gentle reminder asking them to be good!

Slugger, my 2-year old grandson, is absolutely fascinated with trains this year, and was mesmerized by the vintage Lionel die cast train village displays.

Non-Profit Trolley Preservation

The historical town I live in used to have trolley tracks before the roads were repaved and the tracks covered over with asphalt.
I can remember seeing those tracks as a child, as well as driving past the museum in the late 1950s and 1960s on the way to visit my cousins who lived in Enfield.  At the time,  the trolley museum consisted of a gift shop and several vintage trains.

Connecticut Trolley Museum East WindsorI interviewed Carol Zenczak, Manager of the Connecticut Trolley Museum, who indicated that the museum was founded in October 1940.  It is the nation’s oldest incorporated organization dedicated to the preservation of the trolley era,  staffed by one paid employee, and the generosity of several volunteer trolley preservation enthusiasts.

Special Event Theme  Days offered include:

  • Winterfest
  • Easter Bunny Day
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Rails to the Dark Side
  • Train Operations Day (NEW in 2011)

Open to groups and parties, school field trips

For Further Info visit: Connecticut Trolley Museum

I was provided with a Press Pass and Press Kit.  Opinions are my own.

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About Cindi Moomettes

New England blogger from Connecticut and author of the multi-generational Moomettes Magnificents where she writes about Family, Grandparents and Grandchildren, home decor, Crochet, Knitting, DIY, crafts, family travel familiarization trips (FAMs), photography, social media and reviews. You can also find her at Moomettes Magnificents on eBay for the latest Fashion trends, Home Decor and Vintage Collectibles. Also at Moomettes Crochet for Handmade Crochet Wash Cloths & Accessories. For food and recipes visit at her blog Frugal New England Kitchen ***Products and/or companies featured on Moomettes Magnificents may have provided product samples and/or compensation for consideration. All opinions are my own. Posts may contain affiliate links. See also Disclosure***

4 comments

  1. Again, I wish I lived or was close enough to visit in your area. The Trolley Museum sounds great! I have ridden one in San Francisco and loved it! The grandkids would really enjoy the Christmas joy too.
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  2. Thanks for this review. I’m always looking for stuff to do with my kids and I was glad to know this is open all year.
    The kids get crazy some time around March so this would probably be something fun to do.

  3. This Trolley museum exhibits the city’s history well…..

  4. The Trolley Museum sounds like a really good time. My husband and father-in-law are train enthusiasts and history buffs so I know they would love this. I know my best friend’s son would love the singalong on the trollery ride; he’s also at an age where he is greatly fascinated by trains. Now we just have to take a vacation down to CT! :)

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