Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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Cedar Rock Railroad ~ Austin, TX


Every little boy & girl LOVES to ride a train.  And we are so lucky to have so many to choose from here in Central Texas.  One of our favorites runs in the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park, just north of Round Rock off of Hwy. 1431 and Sam Bass Road.
 The Cedar Rock Railroad depot is tucked away in the woods on the backside of the park (just follow the signs).  Tickets are $2.50 a person for the beautiful & scenic 1.3 mile ride.
Just loading up fills every little one with anticipation.  We just love the "chugging" sounds and the whistle before she takes off.
 "Sophie" is a quarter-scale, fully electric locomotive that can go up to 8.5 miles per hour.  She was brought to Central Texas by Texas Bells & Whistles, who operates her every weekend.  The story of how she made it the park is a labor of love - the track was built by hand by her owners!!
 The ride is a pretty one that winds past tennis courts, soccer fields, a pond, and trails that occupy the park.  It also pops in and out of shady groves and even chugs through a tunnel!!
The train runs on Saturdays and Sundays year round, weather permitting.  It is the perfect fall activity - take a picnic lunch to the park and enjoy a ride on the Cedar Rock Railroad!

During the summer, spend some time at the Quarry Splash Pad.

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Texas Travel Facts for Cedar Rock Railroad:
Location: Southwest Williamson County Regional Park, County Rd 175 Round Rock, TX
Hours: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (weather permitting)
Admission: $2.50
Recommended Time: 30 minutes 
Good to know: Admission is good for one ride; plenty of parking near depot; can rent the train for birthdays

2 comments:

Michele @ Malaysian Meanders said...

I spent a whole week at that depot which acted as the Tot Spot for Cub Scout camp and I was a counselor. On the last day, we finally got to ride the train. So much fun!

amber whitehead said...

My son would love it here