This past weekend we went to the Day Out with Thomas event at Edaville Railroad in Carver, MA. Gavin LOVES Thomas the Tank Engine – the videos, the songs and the toy trains – so we thought this would be a great trip.
Entering the address into our GPS, we head off to Edaville. When we got there, we found a blocked off road and the sign seen to your right. Apparently, the address on our tickets for Edaville was not the appropriate GPS address – so if you’re planning a visit, be sure to use 5 Pine Street, Carver, MA as your final destination point.
Tickets cost $18 per person (children under 2 are free), and gave us access to all the buildings, amusement rides, fishing and a ride on the genuine Thomas the Tank Engine replica. You can also take pictures with Sir Topham Hatt and you can take pictures in front of Thomas the Train. You can buy the pictures at the park or view and purchase them online later. The staff will also allow you to use your own cameras, so if you can get a good shot, then all the better (and cheaper)!
There is also a variety of Thomas & Friends themed entertainment, including music and storytelling, temporary tattoos and the Imagination Station with arts and crafts. At Edaville, there is a HUGE room filled with train displays and toys that kids can play with. And of course, there is a ton of Thomas the Tank Engine paraphernalia for sale. There are also special wooden toy trains released for the “Day Out with Thomas” event series – one new train each year, which can be purchased at the park.
The park also has a few amusement park rides that were height-appropriate for Gavin, which makes this park fun for even the youngest and smallest Thomas enthusiasts! Gavin wasn’t too sure of the carousel, but he did enjoy the Gandy Dancer Railroad (with some assistance from Dada). There is also a large playground with swings, seesaws, a sandbox and a train to tour the inside.
If you plan on riding Thomas the Tank Engine, you should plan to be in line 20-25 minutes before your designated ticket time. There is no assigned seating, so be sure your entire party sticks together if you want to sit together on the train. The ride will last about 25 minutes, just enough time for a quick ride around the lake and park. Keep your tickets handy, as the conductor will come by to check them and will distribute stickers to all the kids. For all the Mamas with young children, strollers are not allowed on the train. Edaville has several designated “stroller parking” areas, but these are unattended and out in the open. Unfortunately, that is your only option, so if you’re bringing your stroller, be prepared to leave it behind (or come with a chain and find something to secure it to).
* Mama Mental Note: Don’t visit the gift shop until after your train ride. You won’t want to leave your gifts unattended in your stroller!
Overall, Edaville was a fun visit, but because of some of the amusement park ride restrictions and the hassle of having a stroller, it would have been a much better experience had Gavin been a little older.
Have you been to Edaville for a Day out with Thomas the Tank Engine? Tell us what you think!