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T is for Travel Town: A Free to See #AtoZChallenge Post


A black locomotive appears to be smiling at the Travel Town Museum
I'm living in southern California this year, and decided to use my exploration of the area as my focus for the #AtoZChallenge. I'm concentrating on free to see places, though I will include locations that require a parking fee. This is the twentieth post in the series.

Travel Town Museum in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California, is a must-visit for any little ones who are fascinated by trains. On the weekday I visited, most guests had children with them, but I was not the only adult unaccompanied by minors, so if trains are your thing (and even if they aren't), Travel Town makes for an interesting stop. Parking and admission are free.

Some of the trains are out in the open, and a couple are even available to reserve for private parties. Most of the trains are in a train shed, though, protected from the elements.

One of the locomotives at Travel Town Museum

A couple of rows of trains in the train shed

Look for QR codes on signs throughout the museum. Once scanned, they provide interesting information about the trains. Travel Town is certainly trying to get the word out that the QR codes are free to use.

A sign explaining QR Codes on the Whistle Stop Tour 
Some of the trains are open for stepping inside. 
Stairs welcome visitors aboard the train

Inside the engine car--can't you just imagine children playing engineer here?
A separate building houses a children's play area, where kids can play with toy trains and tracks. 
A sign proclaims: Holden's Corner Travel Town Museum Children's Learning Center
Though not free, I feel like I should mention that Travel Town also offers a miniature train ride for $3 (children and seniors) and $4 (adults), as well as a gift shop. Whether or not you choose to take a ride, if you love trains, a visit to the Travel Town Museum should be on your to-do list.

Sign at entrance to Travel Town shows a locomotive with the words, "Travel Town Museum"


  1. Who doesn't love a train? It looks like a great place, and of course, we'd spring for the ride.


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