Monday, May 3, 2010

Train-tastic day

I am all about finding new and different experiences for our family... Especially if we can do them on the cheap!! :) This past weekend, I discovered that the Indiana Transportation Museum in Noblesville offers a wide variety of train excursions at all different prices. We've always wanted to do their "Pizza Train" which travels to Tipton and stops at Pizza King! (WOO HOO!) But something has always come up and we've never got the chance to do it. Saturday, there was a Pizza Train running, but it was already booked, so I looked to see what else they had going on. ( They had an afternoon train running from Noblesville to Atlanta, IN- so we did it! The ride was about 45 minutes each way and we had a short layover in Atlanta. There was really and truly NOTHING in Atlanta, but it was okay- we were pretty much in it for the train ride anyway.

During the course of the summer, ITM offer these "Small Town" tours 2-3 Saturdays per month. The tickets are $8 round trip for adults and $5 for children 2+. The boys absolutely loved riding the train, and since it wasn't busy at all- we had an entire car to ourselves!!

Owen doing his best Eli impression.

The museum is in a park in Noblesville, and there are lots of different kinds of trains there to look at and walk through. There is also an outdoor carousel at the park and several different playgrounds. On Sundays, they offer a caboose ride!
Overall, it was a really neat experience. It was nice to get away from home and do something fun with the kidlets. After the trains, we ended up in downtown Noblesville. They have an adorable town square with a mix of traditional architecture and trendy shops and boutiques. We took a little detour in Kiln Kreations for Owen to create a masterpiece.

The master at work!
After that, we enjoyed an amazing dinner with Sara and Todd at Houlihans in Castleton, and then went back to their house for the evening. It was such a fun day, and I can't wait to go on more train trips this summer!

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