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Adirondack Scenic Railroad

321 Main St, Union Station, Utica, NY 13501-1229
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The kids had a good time.

We went on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad last November for the Polar Express Train ride. It was... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2018
Ginya99
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Utica, New York
Enjoyable and Relaxing

When we arrived at the Utica Station for our ride, we were impressed with grandeur of the terminal... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2018
Darcy M
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Hunker, Pennsylvania
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All aboard for the Adirondacks, travel through remote forests, past sparkling rivers, over bridges, tranquil ponds and streams, into the magnificent beauty of the six million acre Adirondack Park. Become a witness of nature's beauty and look out for the many animals and birds along the routes. Our train adventures offer many different scenic excursions departing from Utica's Union Station, Thendara Station near Old Forge, Saranac Lake Union Depot and Lake Placid Station. For more information on on departures or for contact information please check out our website.
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321 Main St, Union Station, Utica, NY 13501-1229

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

We went on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad last November for the Polar Express Train ride. It was very nice and the kids had a good time. It was nice the way the characters interacted with all of the "guests". Santa visited everyone and even did...More

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Reviewed 18 January 2018

When we arrived at the Utica Station for our ride, we were impressed with grandeur of the terminal. Beautiful craftsmanship of an era that today's construction cannot match. On the day of our ride, the weather did not co-operate, but that did not put a...More

2  Thank Darcy M
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Reviewed 9 January 2018

We took our daughter, husband and two young grandsons on the Polar Express for part of their Christmas this year. It was awesome! Mom kept the secret until we were on the way and then allowed Grammie (me) to share the secret. Our ten year...More

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Reviewed 21 December 2017

We've always had great, nostalgic trips on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, including their excursions from Utica to Old Forge, but this year's Polar Express experience was just phenomenal! The station is so beautiful in its own right, but when it is done up for Christmas,...More

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Reviewed 19 December 2017

I'm unsure even where to begin with this review. I had such high hopes for this experience on the Polar Express with my nearly 5-year-old son and husband. For the $108 we shelled out for economy class tickets, this felt like a dirty carnival ride...More

1  Thank WellTraveled30s
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Reviewed 16 December 2017

The entire organization is top notch. Every person you encounter from the moment you enter the station, to the moment you leave is incredible. The entire thing lasts about 2 hrs and the kids (and adults) are entertained throughout.

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Reviewed 15 December 2017

We had the best time on the Polar Express! The train station in Utica is beautiful and decorated for Christmas -- and there are activities for the kids in the station. Every single person on staff for the railroad was so kind and helpful and...More

Thank Amy B
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

We had 3 adults and 3 children (12,11,6) with us. The orgnaization was top notch. There were activies for the kids in the station while waiting along with music. Most people were in PJs and slippers. We were in coach. The characters were SUPER! Very...More

2  Thank lanncongdon
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

All children and most adults in PJs. Organized - no assigned seating but everyone was able to sit in their group. Fun at the station before we traveled - including colorings, music and other fun. Bathroom lines long. Train ride was on time. On speakers...More

2  Thank CRMCleveland_NY
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

Very enjoyable relaxing trip went with another couple. We brought our own bagged lunch, because we didn't want to chance the pay ahead lunch at big moose lodge. We ate on the train when it stop at Big Moose, before our ride back. On the...More

2  Thank George F
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Glen K
15 June 2016|
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Response from jomint | Reviewed this property |
Yes I would also say the best thing is to call. As I'm not sure of what specials they have. Some times they have groups making a special trip. Also I think they have a Web Site.
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dcinquenti
9 May 2016|
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Response from Diane M | Reviewed this property |
Their website would have the information you need but no, I don't think they have daily scenic trips. I think it depends on the time of the year. Some weeks there are many more trips than at other times.
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Anita F
9 October 2015|
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Response from Adirondack Scen... M | Property representative |
Hello Anita, Yes, there are good amount of great shops to check out in Old Forge. If you take the train from Utica to Thendara with the layover, you have around four hours to explore Old Forge and its shops. We also have a... More
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