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Adirondack Scenic Railroad

#2 of 2 Tours in Utica
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Address: 321 Main St, Union Station, Utica, NY 13501-1229
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+1 800-819-2291

All aboard for the Adirondacks, travel through remote forests, past...

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.

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Great activity for families or adult outings

We have attended several activities through Adirondack Scenic Railroad. They ranges from Polar Express and Thomas the Train events to the Wine and Beer trains. Either way, fun was... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2016
Amanda A
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Bonita Springs, Florida, United States
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

The railroad trip was a fantastic fall trip we took with a group of friends. The fall foliage made the trip even more beautiful. Just the experience of riding a train through the mountains was great. We were able to walk out on to an open box car or the rear train car and watch the scenery go by. The... More 

1 Thank Steve H
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

We have attended several activities through Adirondack Scenic Railroad. They ranges from Polar Express and Thomas the Train events to the Wine and Beer trains. Either way, fun was had by all. The volunteers do a great job running every event, family oriented or wine and beer trains.

Thank Amanda A
Massena, New York
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

We had a great time on our scenic round trip train ride from Saranac Lake to Lake Placid! The Saranac train depot is much nicer than the Lake Placid one for 2 reasons... The location and the size. I recommend the open car for seating as the air conditioned train car had a terrible smell( not sure if smoking used... More 

3 Thank kristat361
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Really good time. Food was just appetizers but satisfying. Wine was reasonably priced. Live music great wait staff and to think they all were volunteers.

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New Rochelle
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016

Read about this scenic railroad in a rail fan magazine. Coaches have dutch doors (top half open and bottom half closed) offering lots of photo opportunities which the conductor advised. At Thendara, I took the shuttle bus into town for the enjoyable Old Forge Lake cruise (which has a separate report.) Utica's Union Station was built 100+ years ago by... More 

1 Thank Michael D
Herndon, Virginia
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016

We were visiting our adult son in the area and looking for something for us three adults to do. I booked tickets on the railroad to Old Forge with the added lake cruise. We had a great day with perfect weather. The train was surprisingly nice; we've ridden on many other scenic railroads and I think this has the nicest... More 

1 Thank Anne C
Annapolis, Maryland
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

When he was in his teens, my 95 year old father used to ride this train to go skiing in Old Forge. In recent years, it has been restored and is available for pleasure trips to Thendara/Old Forge and Big Moose Lake for lunch, We just returned from hosting 25 friends and relatives to the Lake for lunch. EVERYONE enjoyed... More 

1 Thank Sharon F
LaFayette NY
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 July 2016

we got the train at the Utica train station- which is an extremely old building and lovely to walk around while waiting for the train to arrive. The ride was most enjoyable glancing out the window at small towns as we past by as people waved to us from the country side. You can bring your own snacks or buy... More 

1 Thank Esther L
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016

We do tourist trains on our vacations, so we know the drill and the expectations for these types of trains. We were very pleased with our Adirondack Scenic experience. If you have never ridden a train, this is a good place to start. If you are a seasoned train rider, get on board before the trail people make this train... More 

2 Thank Andrew T
Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York
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71 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2016

From the moment that we stepped into the Union Station, I realized that this was going to be an amazing adventure: 9:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m... a wonderful vacation day in NYS. The ride was beautiful. We left drought stricken central NY, and saw rain in Adirondack Park. The ride was comfortable and so scenic. We had 3 hours in... More 

3 Thank SenoraSofia

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