As you might have read, we recently spent a weekend in Lancaster County. After the trip, I wrote about where to say, and the must-see historic railroad. The very next stop for us was the Choo Choo Barn. I had heard great things about this place, but wasn’t quite prepared for what I would see.
From the exterior, the Choo Choo Barn is rather unassuming. But inside, anything but. If you’re into model trains, this place is your mecca. If not, you’ll still be in awe of your surroundings – it’s way more than just trains.
There literally is a town inside that building. A miniature one that includes farms with teeny crops, homes being built by little men, carnival rides and parades, a hot air balloon, and even a fish tank featuring real live fish (watch the video below very closely and you’ll see it). There are many nods to the area and culture, like Dutch Wonderland, Turkey Hill Gas Stations, and the amish. And, oh yeah, choo choo trains too.
Step stools are provided so that little ones can get a better view.
We were amazed at the level of detail. The room is lighted, but every 15 minutes or so the lights go out and you get a completely different perspective of the town by night. We went around the room several times and noticed something new each time. We could have spent hours there.
Established in 1961, the Choo Choo Barn celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. If you are too, you might be interested in this special promotion. Visitors who hit the BIG 5-0 anytime this year can celebrate with free admission to the massive train display. To qualify, simply bring verification of your birth year and be prepared to NOT act your age.
The Choo Choo Barn display is open daily from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Admission price is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-11. Want to know more? Visit the Choo Choo Barn online, like them on facebook, and twitter.
Disclosure: While we were provided complimentary tickets from the Choo Choo Barn, the opinions stated above are my own.