Out & About: Ride the Railway


Words and Photos by Kait Erdman

Looking for an activity to enjoy as the summer starts to cool down? This fall, enjoy a ride with the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The Akron Northside Station offers a variety of trips that are perfect as a family adventure. Enjoy our National Parks from the towpath with Bike Abroad, a program for cyclists old and new to ride their bikes through the parks and hitch a ride at a train stop to return to your starting point. Not into biking? The towpath is great for runs and hikes as well as for a one-way ride. There are also round trips offered Wednesdays through Sundays for those who just want to experience an old-fashioned train ride. For a more elaborate experience, try out “Steam in the Valley,” a historic three-hour trip on one of the largest steam trains in the country.

Special events are also offered throughout the year. On September 9, enjoy the Murder Mystery Train Package, which includes a boxed dinner and hotel stay. The Haunted Cuyahoga tour also takes place on September 9 and includes local ghost stories and a night of spooks (recommended for anyone age 12 and older). Akron Northside also offers Hale Farm Explorer trips to visit the outdoor living history museum. Breakfast and Lunch tours also depart on various weekends.

For an adult-only excursion, check out Ales on the Rails or one of the multiple wine and beer tasting events offered throughout the season. A hard cider tasting departs from Akron Northside Station on October 22. Participants must be 21 to attend, and commemorative glasses are included with your ticket.

Plus, don’t think it’s too early to start thinking about the holidays. Tickets will only be on sale for the Polar Express until November 1, so make sure to grab them this Fall to experience a magical ride with cocoa, cookies, and a ride through a village of caroling elves. Events have assigned seats, and tickets are sold in increments from coach to deluxe.

Kait is just a writer posing as a STEM major. She enjoys short adventures and caffeine-induced panic attacks.