We kicked off October with a trip to explore my Pennsylvania roots. In addition to quality family time with my really cool aunts, the kids experienced their first touristy weekend in Venango County.
Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad & Caboose Motel may not be worth the 6 hour drive from Northern Virginia on its own (unless you are really into trains), but if you are headed through the region anyway it is definitely a fun stop.
409 S. Perry Street
Titusville, PA (map it)
814−676−1733 (beware busy signals, they seem to have only one line!)
The kids’ favorite things about the train ride:
- seats that can be turned around depending on which direction the train is going.
- buying ice cream when the train stopped (not that we needed to drive all that way and buy $15 tickets for ice cream!)
- leaves flying off the open car (No throwing allowed! We just happened to be around when they escaped…)
My favorite parts:
- pondering the age of the cars
- enjoying the scenery
Tips for your visit
The brochure reminds you to dress for the weather, and it bears repeating. If you travel during the cooler months make sure to bundle up. The station is chilly, and although it was somewhat warmer in the indoor cars, the most fun can be had on the open air car in the back. Burrr!
If you want a healthy lunch pack your own. If not, they have lots of tasty treats in the front car.
Changing a diaper on those old train cars is even less fun than changing a diaper on an airplane without a changing table. Enough said.
We did not try out the motel, but it is definitely a fun idea for a unique family vacation.