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Adirondack Scenic Railroad

321 Main St, Union Station, Utica, NY 13501-1229
+1 800-819-2291
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Best Day Trip to the Adirondacks Ever!

Wow! We rode to Thendara Station and even got there 15 minutes early! We chose to stand I. the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Watkins Glen, New York
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Train robbery

On our trip to Old Forge we made our way to the Thendara train station to catch a ride on the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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All aboard for the Adirondacks, travel through remote forests, past sparkling rivers, over bridges, tranquil ponds and streams, into the magnificent beauty of the six million acre Adirondack Park. Become a witness of nature's beauty and look out for the many animals and birds along the routes. Our train adventures offer many different scenic excursions departing from Utica's Union Station, Thendara Station near Old Forge, Saranac Lake Union Depot and Lake Placid Station. For more information on on departures or for contact information please check out our website.
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  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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321 Main St, Union Station, Utica, NY 13501-1229
+1 800-819-2291

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wow! We rode to Thendara Station and even got there 15 minutes early! We chose to stand I. the open air baggage coach on the way up. The creosote coated cross ties, the smell of fresh pine, the rhythms of the rail, the Eerie minor...More

Thank K4Pacific
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On our trip to Old Forge we made our way to the Thendara train station to catch a ride on the Adirondack scenic railroad. Well this time around my daughter picked the Loomis gang train robbery ride. Wow what a great ride lots of characters...More

Thank Maridale2013
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took our two grandchildren on this old Adirondack Railroad Scenic lunch tour for their first ever train ride (8 and 10 yrs. old). The train left late and was really, really old and dirty. Some of the windows were so dirty you couldn't see out...More

Thank cguillau
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Scenic railroads are just that..a way to see the countryside. This one took us to Old Forge where there was a layover where you could spend the afternoon. Lots of shops and restaurants.

Thank GerriS63_10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Train ride was somewhat bland, as there was some talk about what the railroad was all about, and the areas in the western Adirondack Mountains that we were traveling through. Train was all coach cars of Canadian National vintage. Just rudimentary snacks on the baggage...More

Thank Bruce1515
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Great experience for the family!!! Have spent time of every summer in Old Forge and never miss a ride.

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Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Everything on the annual Christmas train was nice enough, including the volunteers; but the train was 45 minutes late departing and arriving both ways. Makes for a VERY long day. A bit disappointed in that.

1  Thank RarelyPostReviews
Reviewed 20 November 2016

Nice ride for young kids that still love Santa. We booked coach tickets and contrary to earlier reviews, cookies and hot chocolate are provided in the first half of the ride. The conductors now punch your golden ticket. Santa personally visits each child and does...More

5  Thank VictoriaHine
Reviewed 29 October 2016

We rode on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad in the middle of October for the Fall Foliage trip. We reserved our tickets ahead of time, so we just had to pick them up at the office. Note, the Amtrak ticket office is NOT where to pick...More

1  Thank Keith W
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Spent 80.00 for two adult tickets. Arrived 1/2 hr early, went to office to get tickets. Won't go into the office disaster, not my place of work, but man, clean a little. Boarded the train, walked through one car. Old outdated car with wait you...More

2  Thank michael s
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Glen K
16 June 2016|
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Response from jomint | Reviewed this property |
Yes I would also say the best thing is to call. As I'm not sure of what specials they have. Some times they have groups making a special trip. Also I think they have a Web Site.
10 May 2016|
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Response from Diane M | Reviewed this property |
Their website would have the information you need but no, I don't think they have daily scenic trips. I think it depends on the time of the year. Some weeks there are many more trips than at other times.
Anita F
10 October 2015|
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Response from Adirondack Scen... M | Property representative |
Hello Anita, Yes, there are good amount of great shops to check out in Old Forge. If you take the train from Utica to Thendara with the layover, you have around four hours to explore Old Forge and its shops. We also have a... More