A Day Out with Thomas the Train at The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum [Calera, AL]

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We recently traveled just south of Birmingham, Alabama to the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum and spent the day with Thomas the Train.  Read on to find out more about this fun activity filled train ride!

Day Out With Thomas the Train - The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum (Calera, AL)

Two weeks ago, we spent the weekend in one of our favorite nearby cities, Birmingham, Alabama — just a short 3 1/2 hour drive from our home in Mississippi and one of our favorite food cities.

About 30 minutes south of Birmingham is The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum that was hosting a Day Out With Thomas the Train event.  This was the reason for our trip, and to celebrate Simon’s birthday.  Our neighbor invited us to go with her family and I can’t be more thrilled that she introduced us to this fun activity!

Even though we could’ve made a day trip out of it, we arrived in Birmingham the day before our train ride so that we could enjoy the city.  We spent the night in a hotel near The Summit, ate our way through Birmingham, and then headed to Calera the next morning.

A Day Out with Thomas the Train at the Heart of DIxie Railroad Museum in Calera, ALWe purchased our tickets in advance on the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum’s website, and then bought matching shirts and train hats for the boys.  Aren’t they so cute?? 😉 When we arrived the railroad museum, the boys were so excited to see a real life Thomas the Train!  They also met Sir Topham Hatt!

Day Out With Thomas the Train - The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum (Calera, AL)

The main event for a Day out with Thomas is the train ride, of course.  It’s about a 20 minute train ride and you pick which car you want to ride when you purchase your tickets.  We rode the Long Island which was super spacious and comfortable.  The inside was decorated with bright colored ribbons and Thomas banners.  As an adult, it is just a basic ride up and down the track, but to the kids it’s the most exciting thing ever!  Nothing else happens during the ride, but the kids really enjoyed bouncing around their seats and watching out the windows.

Day Out With Thomas the Train - The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum (Calera, AL)Before and after the train ride, you can line up to get your picture with Thomas.  There are plenty of other activities to keep the kiddos busy for a while, along with concessions for lunch or dinner.  We started at the bubble blowing station and spent a good 10 minutes there before doing anything else!

Day Out With Thomas the Train - The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum (Calera, AL)Judah loved playing mini golf with his friends.  He played at least three rounds that day before we insisted he stop! Ha!

Day Out With Thomas the Train - The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum (Calera, AL)The last area we visited was the “Tattoo Parlor” and play area.  I didn’t realize they had numerous train tables set up with full tracks and trains to play with!  This was Simon’s favorite.

Thomas the Train travels the country, so you should check to see if he’ll be in your area!  I highly recommend this fun-filled adventure for you and your kids!

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  1. What wonderful memories you guys created together!!! My boys would love this – I need to check out when Thomas is coming to Detroit!

    • Nikki Gladd says:

      Yes, they come to the Henry Ford Museum! Don’t forget to bring a camera and matching Thomas tees! 😉

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing! My daughter and I took my grandson to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. He was so excited to see Thomas. As we were boarding, he just wanted to stand and talk to him. Everytime we go, he stops to talk to the conductor. The B&O Museum has a play area with rides and trains to be enjoyed year-round. He really loved riding the train on the upscale train garden. On the days of “A Day Out With Thomas”, they added a small petting “zoo” with baby animals and a moon bounce. The larger Thomas, Percy and James train garden is inside the museum year round. That event was so much fun and if you have a train-lover in the family, the B&O Museum is a fun place to visit.

    • Nikki Gladd says:

      How fun!! We used to visit Maryland often since that is where my husband is from. My in-laws just moved to North Carolina, so we won’t visit Maryland as often. When we do, though, I’m keeping the B&O in mind!! Thank you!!

  3. I remember doing this when my daughter was little and what fun! For kids who love Thomas this is a dream come true and a ‘rock star sighting’ all in one. Your troupe of Thomas fans also could not be more adorable! When a fun outing.

  4. I LOVED Thomas the Train when I was a kid. So nice to see the next generation still loving it too.

  5. Oh my goodness! I think the best thing about this post is the pure joy on your kiddos’ faces! 🙂 What a great attraction for the kiddos.

  6. Wow this looks so adorable! Your kids look so happy!

  7. How much fun for the kids! I bet you were the most popular Mom after this trip!

  8. How sweet is that?! Thomas is such a great story. All those kids in their caps – adorable!

  9. Oh my goodness – my kids would go crazy over this!! I’m bummed they aren’t coming to my area, but it might be a good excuse to go for a little road trip! 😉

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