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Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad

225 10th St, Boone, IA 50036-2004
+1 515-432-4249
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Nothing Special...Just Relaxing

We purchased 2 tickets for the open car for a Saturday afternoon ride in June. (see photo) The... read more

Reviewed yesterday
TheSimpleTraveler
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Easton, Pennsylvania
Fun afternoon on the rails

An 1.25 hr train ride from Boone to Fraser was enjoyable and relaxing. There was a concession car... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Jill C
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  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
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“train ride” (58 reviews)
“dinner train” (46 reviews)
“steam engine” (20 reviews)
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225 10th St, Boone, IA 50036-2004
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+1 515-432-4249
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"dinner train"
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"steam engine"
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"high bridge"
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"des moines"
in 22 reviews
"scenic valley"
in 18 reviews
"baked potato"
in 7 reviews
"bass"
in 7 reviews
"ymca camp"
in 4 reviews
"ticket price"
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"prime rib"
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"wooded area"
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"nice ride"
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"observation deck"
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"train buff"
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"fun family"
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"labor day weekend"
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Reviewed yesterday

We purchased 2 tickets for the open car for a Saturday afternoon ride in June. (see photo) The ride was relaxing. Not much to see in the way of scenery except for the valley when crossing the high bridge. But my wife and I were...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

An 1.25 hr train ride from Boone to Fraser was enjoyable and relaxing. There was a concession car that sold hot dogs, corn dogs, chips,ice cream bars, soda, beer, and water. Very reasonable prices. The conductor gave the history of the route and the fauna...More

Thank Jill C
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Reviewed 4 days ago

OK, listen up, it might be just OK if you are a train buff, but looking at leaves for two hours just does not cut it. It may be idillic in the brochure but that is not the case in reality. The snack bar is...More

Thank Douglas P
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I would only do this train ride on the open car. Best views, It is the most expensive at $32 dollars adult ticket. The least expensive is the coach tickets at $22 an adult ticket. There were only our group of four and a group...More

Thank Chris S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We purchased 5 climate control tickets to ride the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad for this past fathers day weekend and while en route, had an hr drive, we got a flat tire. Tried calling to say that we would be late but no one...More

3  Thank 587shawnnan
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our daughter and son in law invited my wife and myself to take this scenic train ride for Father's Day, 2018. We took the Dessert Train, leaving the station at noon on Saturday, June 16, and returning at 3:00 p.m. This route follows the Des...More

1  Thank l_slaght
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Reviewed 1 June 2018

We had a weather perfect day for our trip. The view you see of the Des Moines River Valley is beautiful! Nice ride, nice bit of history (and don't forget to check out the museum after your trip!) Well worth the drive and time!

1  Thank Kayla_DJ
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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

Over the years we've done it all. We've done the dinner train. We've done the Santa Express. We've done a Day Out With Thomas. And we've done the Excursion train. Everything is always outstanding our son loves trains and this place does not disappoint

1  Thank CycloneIowa
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Reviewed 18 December 2017

First of all, amazing experience. Your staff was second to none, all employees I encountered in the museum/ticketing area were friendly and greeted us. I notice all the little details when we take trips and always comment to my wife on them. I can honestly...More

1  Thank Scott S
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Travis S, General Manager at Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2018

Thank you for the great review Scott! We do our best to plan out the details and even think about it from the kid's view. I appreciate hearing about the staff, with the exception of myself and one other person, everyone on the train is...More

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Fun to ride the train for either the dinner train to just an afternoon ride. A lot of volunteers help make this a fun experience. If you like trains you will love the Boone Valley

2  Thank 341nans
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Check their website for dates/times. Cost starts at $22 per person & goes up for fancier options.
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