Saturday, May 17, 2014

Hidden Gem: The Wabash, Frisco, & Pacific Mini Railroad in Glencoe, MO

The Wabash Mini Railroad's summer Sunday schedule is officially underway!

What is the Wabash?  Check it out...

The Wabash, Frisco, and Pacific Mini Railroad is a true word-of-mouth hidden gem to most locals.  My parents took me to the Wabash when I was a little and now I take MY children.

Nestled on the western edge of West County (on the border of Wildwood in Glencoe, Missouri) , The Wabash offers one of the most unique experiences in town. Hop aboard a 12 inch gauge live steam train and travel a two mile, round trip, 30 minute route along the scenic Meramec River. Operated by an all volunteer staff, the operation was organized in 1939 and has been operating at the Glencoe site since 1961.

If you are a St. Louisan, you MUST ride the Wabash at least ONE time in your life.  Period.

Though obviously one of the top family attractions in the St. Louis area, it is a unique Sunday activity for children of all ages. Even though my boys have long outgrown their deeply-rooted train obsession, we still go to the Wabash at least one time per summer. It is a gorgeous, gorgeous ride and an experience you can get nowhere else.

Don't wait for the kids and just go! I promise... you will enjoy it!  The perfect "Sunday Funday" adventure.

Nitty Gritty:

The Railroad is open every Sunday, May through October. Trains start their scheduled departures from the station at 11am, departing about every 20 minutes. The final train leaves at 4:15pm.

Tickets are $4.00. Children under 3 and Military Families (with military id) ride free.


HINT:  Want to make it the perfect day?  After Memorial Day Weekend, hit Barney's for lunch afterwards.  It is only 10 minutes from the Wabash...