The Indiana Transportation Museum can be found in Noblesville, Indiana, just 30 miles north of Indianapolis. It is located in Forest Park, a popular 150-acre urban park which features a miniature golf course, a skate park, a playground, a swimming pool, a 9-hole golf course, sports facilities, and a carousel. The museum is known for its heritage railroad, which allows visitors to experience Indiana's railroad history while riding on vintage trains throughout the area. Whether your family is full of train enthusiasts or not, you're sure to enjoy a visit to the museum complete with a train journey!
Things to Do
- Go for a ride on one of the museum's historic trains! The trains operate on over 38 miles of track, with stops in nearby towns and destinations such as the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Fishers, Cicero, Tipton, and Downtown Noblesville.
- Explore the museum - it features numerous restored trains that you can climb aboard. Don't forget to bring along your camera so you can take photos!
- Attend one of the many events scheduled throughout the year - the Harvest Train that dates back to the 1940s will take you to the pumpkin patch for fun activities like face painting and hay bale mazes, while the Polar Bear Express takes passengers on a ride with Santa.
Indiana Transportation Museum Insider Tips
- Enjoy a family dining experience on the Nickel Plate Railroad with a weekend ride on The Blue Arrow! You can board the train in Noblesville or Fishers, enjoy a ride through the countryside to a small town nearby, and have a meal in a local restaurant before catching the train home.
- Check out their Train Ride Calendar to see the museum's schedule for upcoming train rides.
- If your child is obsessed with trains, consider having their next birthday party on the open-air train! The flatcar and caboose train seats up to 30 people, who can enjoy an hour-long train ride as they eat whatever snacks and drinks you provide.