I’ve found daily deal sites like Living Social and Groupon to be a great way to save on family fun. The only trouble is I tend to forget that we have to fit all this fun around our already busy lives-which is how we found ourselves getting up early this past Sunday, skipping church, and driving to Elbe to catch a ride on the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad before our vouchers expired!
Despite our sort of frenzied start, we ended up having a great time. It’s definitely an outing worth doing if you have a little train lover at your house, though there are some things to know before you go!
Overall, we had a grand time. The engine was really something to see, the fall colors were beautiful, and it was just nice to have everyone together, unplugged! It was definitely worth the 12.00 or so bucks each we paid for the vouchers. Edit: Rates have increased, so your deal is likely more like 15.00 a piece now. Prices I’ve quoted below reflect these increases Now…..would I pay full price? Honestly, probably not. The regular low season fare is 29.00 per adult (25.00 for seniors and military) and 15.00 for 3 and 4 year olds, and 22.00 for kids 5-12. Special events, like the Pumpkin Express and the Santa Train, are more. For me, this is just really expensive, and knowing that there have been offers on at least three deal sites, I’d probably just wait for one to turn up again (note you can’t use voucher deals on the special event trains). On the other hand, there was a time when my oldest was Obsessed with trains, and if you have one in this stage, it might be worth it! Kids under 4 are free, too, so if you have a little train lover, and you think he would do o.k. with the length of the ride, it’s not a bad deal. If you don’t want to add on to the bill, avoid the gift shop area at the station, and bring your own munchies. You can also get group rates if you have one!
I’ll have a future post with other area trains to choo-choo, choose from (Sadly, the bargain Santa Train that used to run during Christmas at Pt.Defiance/Camp Six is no more), but in the meantime, if you’ve done the MRSR, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Does my review match your experience, or am I on the wrong track?
5/28-Right now, there is also a half off deal available via Dealsaver. You’ll find it on my home page.