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Travel Town in Los Angeles: A haven for children who love trains

Trains on exhibit at Travel Town in Los Angeles.
Trains on exhibit at Travel Town in Los Angeles.
Beverly O'Neal

If you have a child who loves to play with trains, head over to Travel Town in Los Angeles. Located in Griffith Park (map), about 30 miles northeast of the South Bay cities, Travel Town is a free park and museum featuring trains from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Visitors are welcome to board many of the trains on exhibit and walk through the cars. You can ride the perimeter of Travel Town on the miniature train ? to-scale replicas of actual locomotives and passenger cars, sure to be the highlight of the trip for kids ? for $2.50 per person (click here for the schedule).

An indoor area, “Holden’s Corner,” open the second and third Sundays of each month from noon to 4 p.m., caters to toddlers and preschoolers, with miniature trains just the right size for climbing and a train table. (Tip: Bring your own toy train for use on the train table, or buy one at the gift shop.)

Travel Town is open every day of the year, except Christmas Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Insider tip: Travel Town very close to the Los Angeles Zoo, which is also located in Griffith Park. If you’re making the drive, you may want to consider going to both places. A good way to structure the day is to spend the morning at Travel Town, enjoy a picnic lunch there (you can bring your own food or buy reasonably-priced food from the vendors), then hit the zoo before heading home.

For more information:

Travel Town Visitor Information
The Griffith Park Train Rides
Los Angeles Zoo
Griffith Park