Valley Metro light rail gets you where you need to go fast, but if you want to experience a classic heavy raill style ride, we know just the place: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. The park is located at the corner of Indian Bend Road and Scottsdale Road and can be accessed by taking a trip on Valley Metro bus route 72.
A big Arizona Magma Railroad train is the first thing you see as you arrive at the main entrance of the park. The Railroad Park has special features like the Scottsdale Charros Carousel which fills the air with kid friendly tunes in the front of the park. The main attraction is the Paradise & Pacific Railroad, a mini train that you and your family can ride. The train travels all around the park over small bridges and gives riders a nice view of the mountains. Right now, the train and carousel are in operation every day between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $3 each for both rides, or you can get an all day wristband for $12. These can be purchased from Stillman Station, found near those rides.
There’s also plenty of fun to be had at the park that won’t cost you a dime. The railroad park has two playgrounds. There’s a large one that’s full of slides and swings. The other playground is designed to look like an old western town with it’s own “pint-sized” railroad for the young and young at heart. If you want a scenic place to eat, the park has plenty of picnic tables and ramadas with mountain views and tons of greenery nearby. You can grab some ice cream at Hartley’s General Store, a quick bite at the Snack Stop or bring your own takeout from the nearby shopping plazas.
Starting at the end of November to the beginning of the new year, there is a holiday Llights event where the railroad tracks are turned into a winter wonderland. Park officials say they made big changes to make sure everyone has a safe, healthy, as well as memorable, experience. More information on the event can be found here.