8 Scenic Train Rides In Florida, USA

scenic train rides in florida

Now a truly established touristic destination in the United States, Florida offers a diversity of activities for thrill lovers, city goers, party people, and nature enthusiasts alike. The Sunshine State is known for its large cities such as Miami or Orlando, as well as for its world-renowned theme parks like Disney World, Universal Studios, or Sea World to name just a few of the most famous ones. In contrast, Florida also boasts three national parks where its vibrant fauna and flora meet. With unique landscapes and attractions, there is much to see in this state, and train rides seem like a convenient and exciting way to explore Florida. Check out, below, a list of some scenic train rides in Florida, USA.

1. Ride through Disney World's magic

Walt Disney World Railroad Main Street USA Station 01
Source: Photo by user Tom Arthur used under CC BY-SA 2.0

This train ride takes you through the Disney World’s all popular “Main Street”. Made to recreate the classic hearts of American town, Main Street has been a favorite of many since it made its world debut in 1955. This is especially exciting if you’re not from America: you will be able to experience the classic and adorable cliché of American towns! This authentic steam-powered train will also take you to other parts of the park such as Fantasy Land.

Walt Disney World

Website: Disney World

2. A unique museum experience at Florida Railroad Museum

Parrish FL Florida Railroad Museum04
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History and train lovers, unite! The Florida Railroad Museum is a collection of authentic and fascinating exhibits. But unlike a lot of museums where everything seems to be frozen in time, this one gives you the opportunity to literally ride through the exhibits. For just 14 USD, you will board the train to get the full experience of older locomotives, for a 13-mile (20 kilometers) round-trip through history. Fully immersed, they also organize special events where you get to re-enact historical moments from inside the train (for example, a play-pretend trip to the North Pole).

Florida Railroad Museum

Website: Florida Railroad Museum

3. Hop on the Murder Mystery Dinner Train

SGLR Dinner Train
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With the Murder Mystery Train, gastronomy, theater, and sight-seeing meet in this one-of-a-kind dining experience. Watch live-actors as they act out interactive scenes of thrilling plays. As the train passes through south-western Florida, you can enjoy a truly entertaining evening and a truly delicious dinner. The price per person is 80-85 USD, which includes both the show and a five-course meal.

Murder Mystery Dinner Train

Website: Murder Mystery Dinner Train

4. Choose your own excursion with Royal Palm Railway

Royal Palm Southern Railway
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Inside these historic trains, the Royal Palm Railway gives you the opportunity to live some truly unique train experiences. Departing from several locations across the state, they have a wide selection of different excursions for you to choose from if you want to ride through Florida with a twist. Their Golden Triangle excursion takes you on a scenic ride aboard a historic train to immerse you in a 1940s traveling experience. Their culinary or alcoholic excursions will enthuse foodies for a tasty ride train, while their “adventure excursions” will entertain you without a doubt.

The Florida Train - Royal Palm

Website: The Florida Train - Royal Palm

5. Family fun at Gold Coast Railroad Museum

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Located close to Miami’s zoo, the Gold Coast Railroad Museum makes for a fun, educational, and cheap activity for children. The museums give you access to several train layouts, but your children don’t have to just watch them: they can play inside these very trains! If you want, or if your children want, you can also go on a short ride aboard the Edwin Link Children’s Railroad, which takes place every weekend for just 2.50 USD. Whether your children prefer the authentic locomotives or Thomas the Train, they will surely enjoy this fun museum.

Gold Coast Railroad Museum

Website: Gold Coast Railroad Museum

6. Comfortable travel with Amtrak Auto Train

Northbound Amtrak Auto-Train (3495275942)
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This train will allow you to travel in and out of Florida, as well as through the beautiful Sunshine State. The ride will show you its unique landscapes while you sit comfortably in your train: you get plenty of space to relax and enjoy the view. The train is full of amenities like free Wifi, dinner, breakfast, etc. But the best thing about this train is that you can actually take your car with you, without the hassle of a long car trip. Instead, you can sit comfortably, and arrive at your destination with your own car.

Amtrak Auto Train

Website: Amtrak

7. Hop on a luxurious ride through Florida with Amtrak Silver Meteor

AMTK 385 (F40PHR) Silver Meteor, Sanford, FL on February 6, 1987 (22700238846)
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Starting from New York, passing through several Florida cities to arrive finally at Miami, the Amtrak Silver Meteor will show you Florida’s most scenic views while you sit comfortably for the ride. Or maybe, instead of sitting, you can lay down to enjoy the view since you can actually stay in little rooms with beds (and even a restroom and a sofa in some) for your ride. Delicious food and free Wifi will accompany you on this homey train.

Amtrak Silver Meteor

Website: Amtrak

8. Ride in style through the Sunshine State with Brightline

Brightline Train At Ft Lauderdale Station
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This ultra-modern fast train, courtesy of Brightline, was made by designers with comfort and style in mind. The eco-friendly locomotives are filled with light and wide windows so you can truly enjoy the scenery. The restrooms are clean and spacious, the seats are large and comfortable, the tables fully equipped with outlets and USB ports, and food aboard will keep you satiated. These trains are pet-friendly, and also offer accommodation for wheelchairs, strollers, and bikes. On top of that, the stations are state of the art and modern as well, and you can find them in the following cities: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and soon in Orlando.

Brightline Train Ride

Website: Brightline

Experience a lively Florida

Source: Photo by user WillMcC used under CC BY-SA 3.0

These trains rides not only take you to see Florida’s landscapes, they really give you the chance to fully immerse yourself in it through lively activities. Whether you want a classic ride or an extravagant play to be acted out in front of your eyes, hop on one of these trains and enjoy Florida your way!

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