If you’ve grown up native to LA, you’ve probably visited the infamous Travel Town at some point in your life. But if you’re a transplant, you might not yet have heard about this awesome landmark! Whether you’ve never been, or been a ton as a kid, today let’s look back on a few reasons why you should pay it a visit.
Nestled at the bottom of Griffith Park is a 9-acre display of many modes and eras of transportation. Travel Town is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m during the week and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on the weekends, and the best part is there is no admission charge for this fabulous place! During your visit, you will find everything from a 104-ton locomotive to a one-horse shay. Recently, their train simulator had a major update and it is better than ever. Travel Town is also available for birthday parties and meetings! How fun would it be to have your littles enjoy this precious place, or for you to hold a business meeting or family reunion in a locomotive!
While discovering this information about Travel Town, I found a few trivia facts that were rather interesting:
- The mini train ride that circles the grounds carry almost 600,000 passengers a year.
- Travel Town opened in 1948 and except for a few years in the 60’s, it has been opened ever since.
- Railroad cars and picnic tables are available to rent for parties!
- Their trains are 1/4th and 1/3rd scale models of actual locomotives and passenger cars.
- They have an awesome viewing window for you to watch people building model locomotives and tracks!
There are so many more reasons to visit this amazing place! Did I mention the beautiful scenery? Open space for the kiddos? A cool gift store? A great picnic area? and I could go on and on and on…but I would like to suggest that you just go check it out for yourself!
For more information on Travel Town and for volunteer opportunities, please visit their website here.
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