Fall is here, and you know what that means—pumpkin spice everything, and beautiful warm yellows, reds, and oranges are all around. So, if a leaf-peeping trip is on your fall bucket list, there’s no better way to do that than taking one of the scenic train rides in NJ, where everyone can admire the autumn leaves (and no one has to concentrate on driving). From short trips with pumpkin picking to longer ones winding through the most beautiful spots in the state, these scenic train rides in NJ will give you all the fall feels and are the perfect way to take in the sights. (feature photo credit: @didonatofuncenter)
Scenic Train Rides In NJ For Leaf Peeping This Fall
Delaware River Railroad Excursions
Jump on The Great Pumpkin Train and ride through the gorgeous fall foliage. During October, every child who rides on the train will have the chance to pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. You can also take the challenge through a festive maze game, visit the Ol’ Susquehanna Mine to pan for real gems, and picnic at the stop. Rides are 1 1/2 hour round trip, and tickets for the Mine can be purchased beforehand or on-site. You won’t want to miss out on their corn maze train ride, too.
Rides run from September 30-October 29
Cost: $20 adult and $14 child
38 Market St, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
Whippany Railway Museum
Climb aboard a train at the Whippany Railway Museum to admire the changing leaves. Littles are encouraged to dress up in Halloween costumes as you take the 10-mile, 45-minute ride seeing all the reds, yellows, and oranges from the windows. After the ride, kids can visit the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect-sized pumpkin and get a decorating kit for free to bring home.
Rides are available on October 1, 8 & 15, rain or shine
Cost: Starting at $13
1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany, NJ 07981
Black River & Western Railroad
Looking for one of the scenic train rides in NJ and all the fun fall activities? The Pumpkin Train takes a trip to Pumpkin Junction, where the whole family can pick pumpkins, get lost in a giant corn maze, grab a wagon ride, and more before hopping back on the train to Flemington Station.
Rides are every Saturday and Sunday from late September to early November
Cost: $21 for adults and $15 for children; tickets must be purchased online
33-99 Stangl Road, Flemington, NJ 08822
Pine Creek Railroad
Want to take a ride on a historic train while you enjoy the beauty of nature in the fall—yes, please. One of the most scenic train rides in NJ, the Pine Creek Railroad, is within Allaire State Park. You’ll board the train at a station over 100 years old, and as it winds its way through the park, you’ll view some of the most breathtaking fall foliage in the Garden State. And for your boo lovers, don’t miss the upcoming Halloween Train Ride.
Cost: $6 for anyone 3 and up, $2 for children under 3
DiDonato’s Family Fun Center
Check out the beautiful fall foliage as you hop aboard the “All A Boo” train that’s perfect for the littles in the fam. The train will take you through Halloween Town, including tricks, treats, and surprises (costumes are encouraged). After the ride, get lost in the Halloween corn maze, trick-or-treat spots, a pumpkin patch, a giant slide, and more.
Rides begin September 30
Cost: $15.95 for adults, free for kids 12 months and younger
1151 South White Horse Pike, Hammonton, NJ 08037
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