Every kid is fascinated with trains at some point in their life. Give them a glimpse at history, as well as a fun ride, at the Railroad Museum of New England, which operates excursions through Naugatuck Valley from the historic Thomaston Station. Family favorites include the Easter Bunny Express and Pumpkin Patch rides. In Essex, the Essex Steam Train offers excursions through the Connecticut River Valley, including themed trips such as the fall foliage and North Pole Express rides.
The Danbury Railway Museum has 70 pieces of historic railroad equipment and a Lionel train display and offers weekend rides aboard vintage equipment. To see streetcars, visit the Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven for a ride through scenic salt marshes. Or, in East Windsor, board popular old-fashioned trolleys at the Connecticut Trolley Museum.