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Travel Town Museum - a budget and family-friendly LA summer daytrip for all

Locomotives and more await (free admission) at the Travel Town Museum Foundation in Griffith Park
Locomotives and more await (free admission) at the Travel Town Museum Foundation in Griffith Park
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Summer’s here and so is vacation! You and your tiny tots are looking for fun things to do – and who doesn’t love a train ride? Kids love trains, you love free stuff - which makes the Travel Town Museum Foundation in Los Angeles’ historic Griffith Park a fantastically frugal and fun family daytrip.

With free admission (yep, free!), and open every day of the year (except Christmas Day), this trip is a train-lover's trifecta: original, restored trains from all the way back to the early 1900s (including the majestic Southern Pacific 3025, a 104-ton locomotive, and a one-horse shay), model trains running on one of largest N-scale model train layouts in the world, $2.50 miniature train rides around the park for kids of all ages (seniors $2.00), and even a hotdog vendor selling hot and cold treats and drinks. There is also a play area in the museum for the littlest visitors, and lots of grassy spots throughout the park perfect for picnics, birthday parties, or just running around and gettin' out your ya-ya's. Check out the museum gift shop, too, for fun train and other travel-related toys (including Thomas the Tank Engine), postcards, games and knicknacks. Proceeds from the gift shop support the museum, so you can feel good about helping a worthy cause through your purchases!

Dedicated to teaching the public about railroad history in the Southwest Region of the US and the LA area, the Travel Town Museum offers 9-acres of budget-friendly, frugal family fun for everyone. Travel Town is located at 5200 Zoo Drive in Griffith Park. Visit their website for more information and directions.

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