The first full weekend of every month, my family loves going down to Largo Central Park. We pack up the diaper bag, slap on some sun screen, put a few dollars in our pockets and we’re ready for some good family fun. This park is special because it is the home of the Largo Central Railroad (LCRR), a miniature railroad that you can ride for FREE! The railway is maintained and operated by LCRR club members and is funded by the donations of those who visit.

Everyone can ride, except pregnant women and babies who cannot sit up unsupported. So if you fall into one of these categories, make sure you bring a friend to escort your child(ren) or watch your baby. Each adult can sit with two kids, but first each family must fill out a waiver. The trains start running at 10:00 a.m. (and stop at 4:00 p.m.), but you may want show up half an hour earlier to beat the heat and the long line. If you get hungry while waiting, you can grab a snack at the concession stand, which is run by a different community group each month (i.e. Boy Scouts). For a few dollars you can get a hotdog, chips and a can of soda.

There are several different trains that vary in size, but most can fit a few families. You can’t choose which one you ride, but you can ride multiple times. The track is about 1.2 miles long and the ride is longer than you might expect. You’ll wind around the beautifully landscaped park, including a ride through a tunnel and over a short bridge. My 3-year-old son loves to hear the train whistle, Wooooo wooooo! as it leaves and returns to the station. Be sure to stop by the gift shop (a card table manned by a LLRC volunteer) and buy a whistle and a hat (just $6 each).

For a train schedule click here and to the rent the train out for a birthday party read this first. The trains will be running this Saturday only, because Sunday is the 4th of July, but they usually run both days. Hope to see you there sometime!