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Full Steam Ahead: Join Thomas For A Sun-Kissed Day Out In Florida!

Last revised: December 4, 2023

By: Adam Burns

"Day Out With Thomas" train rides are a magical experience for families with young children who are fans of the popular children's show, "Thomas & Friends". The event is held at various locations across the United States and Canada, and offers families the opportunity to meet Thomas the Tank Engine and enjoy a train ride with him. In Florida, he typically visits the Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish during March every year.

The event typically includes a variety of activities and attractions, including train rides, live entertainment, interactive exhibits, and photo opportunities. Upon arrival, families will typically be greeted by costumed characters from the show, including Thomas himself.

The highlight of the event is the train ride with Thomas, which typically lasts around 20-25 minutes. During the ride, families will travel in a train pulled by a life-sized replica of Thomas the Tank Engine. The ride will take families through scenic countryside or city landscapes, depending on the location of the event.

In addition to the train ride, families can also enjoy a variety of other attractions and activities. These may include bounce houses, face painting, storytelling, live music performances, and more. There are also usually food and beverage vendors on site, so families can enjoy a snack or meal while at the event.

Another popular attraction at the "Day Out With Thomas" event is the opportunity to take photos with Thomas and other characters from the show. Families can pose with Thomas, Percy, and other beloved characters from the series, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

The event is typically geared towards young children, but there is plenty for adults to enjoy as well. The train ride itself is a fun and unique experience, and the interactive exhibits and entertainment can be enjoyed by all ages.

Overall, "Day Out With Thomas" train rides a wonderful way for families to enjoy a fun-filled day together. With its train rides, live entertainment, and interactive exhibits, the event is sure to create memories that families will cherish for years to come.

Florida Railroad Museum

(Parrish):  While the Florida Railroad Museum mostly focuses on preserving the state's and region's railroad history it also operates a nearly a 7-mile stretch of railroad between Parrish and Willow and includes your choice of an open-air or air-conditioned passenger car to enjoy the ride.  They host "A Day Out With Thomas" on these dates:

  • March 15 - March 17 
  • March 23 - March 24

The Florida Railroad Museum, located in Parrish is a must-visit destination for train enthusiasts and history buffs. The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of railroading in Florida, and offers visitors a unique look at the role that railroads played in the development of the state.

The museum features a variety of exhibits and displays that showcase the history of railroading in Florida, and throughout the Southeast. Visitors can explore a collection of historic railcars and locomotives, including steam and diesel engines, passenger cars, and freight cars. The museum also features a variety of artifacts and memorabilia related to the history of railroading in the state.

One of the highlights of a visit to the Florida Railroad Museum is a train ride on one of the museum's historic trains. Visitors can take a scenic ride through the beautiful Florida countryside, and experience what it was like to travel by train in the early 20th century. The train ride typically lasts around 90 minutes, and takes visitors through picturesque landscapes and historic sites.

In addition to the train rides and exhibits, the Florida Railroad Museum also features a variety of special events throughout the year. These may include holiday train rides, murder mystery train rides, and other themed events that offer visitors a unique and memorable experience.


The museum is staffed by knowledgeable volunteers who are passionate about the history of railroading in Florida. Visitors can learn about the different types of trains, the history of railroads in the state, and the role that trains played in the development of Florida's economy and culture.

Overall, the Florida Railroad Museum is a fascinating destination that offers visitors a unique look at the history of railroading in Florida. With its exhibits, train rides, and special events, the museum is a must-visit destination for anyone with an interest in trains or the history of transportation in the United States.

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