Families with small children will want to hop over to the Alaska Railroad’s website and purchase tickets for the annual Easter Train. The March 31 event is a popular one, taking kids and parents through downtown Anchorage with views of Cook Inlet, Turnagain Arm, and some of our city’s most intriguing neighborhoods.
The Alaska Railroad is celebrating the start of spring, and the Easter Train has become a chance for kids to dress up, meet the Easter Bunny, and enjoy a short train ride that lasts 2.5 hours – perfect for new train travelers.
Cost: $69/adults, $35/kids 2-11. IMPORTANT: If you have an infant under 2, and keep the child on your lap(s), that child is free. BUT, if you wish to have a seat for said infant, tickets are $35.
Time: Two departures – 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Plan on arriving at the station an hour prior.
What you’ll get: An Easter-themed snack, bottled water, reserve seating aboard the Alaska Railroad’s signature blue and yellow train, and a plethora of craft and coloring opportunities that help the miles fly by. Oh, and did we mention the Easter Bunny (and his sidekick, Mrs. Bunny) will be onboard for photo ops and hugs?
What you should bring: Extra snacks and drinks (there will be food for purchase, but often not enough); small books or quiet toys for restless kiddos; a camera. If you are bringing kids who are still in diapers, don’t forget supplies! Leave strollers at home and wear your baby if at all possible; space is definitely at a premium.
We like to make a day out of it and go out to lunch or dinner at one of Anchorage’s kid-friendly restaurants.
Reservations are available HERE, or by calling the Alaska Railroad Reservations line (I often have more luck here – the AKRR website can be very clunky) 800-544-0552.