Special Events

Regular EVENTS

Breakfast and Lunch Along the Cuyahoga- Saturdays & Sundays

Join us for a beautifully prepared breakfast or lunch as you take a ride through the National Park. Please note: The train runs Saturdays and Sundays.

Breakfast: Departs Rockside Station at 9:00 am
Lunch: Departs Rockside Station at 12:55 pm
 

*If you have a food allergy or special request, please contact customer service at 1-800-468-4070 ext. 1 before purchasing your tickets.

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August & September

Hale Farm Explorer- Wednesdays-Sundays, Departs Rockside station at 9:00 am or Akron Northside at 10:50 am

*Please Note: Starting the week of September 7th, Hale Farm Explorer will only run on Saturdays and Sundays and will only be offered until the end of September.

Travel by train to outdoor living history museum, Hale Farm & Village! Located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Hale Farm & Village is an outdoor living history museum. Here you will experience daily mid-19th century life depicted through dozens of historic structures, farm animals, heritage gardens, cooking presentations and demonstrations of Early American craft and trades.

You can board the train at either Rockside station or Akron Northside station. A tram will meet you at the Indigo Lake Station, where you will travel to historic Hale Farm & Village. 

All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable upon purchase.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children (ages 3-12)

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Evening Dining on the Rails-Fridays through September 30th out of Peninsula Depot (Will not be offered September 2nd)

Climb aboard and enjoy a three course dinner catered by Creekside Restaurant in Brecksville. On board, you will be served three courses throughout your hour and 45 minute train ride all while you travel through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park! 

Tickets are $45 per person

Please refer to the "Purchase Tickets" link for full menu.

Please note: All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

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Royalty on the Rails- Saturday, September 3rd at 1:45 PM out of Peninsula Depot

It's a royal event! Join us for an afternoon on train to listen to stories, sing songs, and enjoy a sweet treat! Here you will have the opportunity to receive autographs and take pictures with your favorite characters. Our special guests include Cinderella, Prince Charming, Snow Queen, and Tinkerbell!  Passengers are encouraged to dress up in costumes.

Tickets are $30 per person. Tickets are required for all passengers ages 2 and up. Passengers under the age of 2 years are allowed to sit on a parent or guardian's lap.

Train will depart Peninsula Depot at 1:45pm and return to the Peninsula Depot at 3:35pm. 

Please note: All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable upon purchase.

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Murder Mystery Train-Friday, September 9th at 7 PM out of Akron Northside Station

"High Stakes Hotel"

Guests role-play  Suspects and Detectives, discovering clues left at the crime scene and interrogate each other. Everyone will get a chance to solve the crime, interact with professional actors and each guest who correctly solve the mystery is awarded the Super Sleuth Certificate!

Tickets are $50 per person. Advanced registration is required.

Your ticket includes a boxed dinner, train ride and performance. *Dinner menu will be announced 1 week prior to the event* Passengers requesting a vegetarian option, please contact our customer service office no later than Sunday, August 28th at 1-800-468-4070 ext. 1. 

Please note: Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable upon purchase.

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Haunted Cuyahoga: Ghost Stories of the Valley- Friday, September 9th at 7 PM out of Akron Northside Station

The Cuyahoga Valley might seem like a sleepy recreation spot, but it has a hidden history of weird tales and horrific crimes. Climb aboard for this two hour train ride and take the rails through the spookier side of the valley. You will hear true tales of murder, legends, ghosts and hauntings from local history as we begin our approach to Halloween! 

Our concession car containing beer and wine, as well as other beverages will also be available.

Tickets are $20 per person. This program is recommend for children ages 12 and older.

Please note: All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. 

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Cocktails on Rails-Sunday, September, 11 at 4:35 PM out of Rockside Station

Climb aboard and experience your National Park in a new and exciting way! On this three hour train ride, you will learn an approachable way to make one delicious cocktail! On board, a bartender will present their tips and tricks for making the perfect drink and some fun facts about the ingredients they're using. 
 
Must be 21 and over to be on board. Must have a valid ID to present upon boarding. Seating will be in our dining cars. General seating once in the train car. 
 
Tickets are $30 per person.
 
Please note: All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. 
 
 

Steampunk Railroad Event-Saturday, September 24th at 8:00 PM out of Rockside Station

Join us for this steam punk inspired event to celebrate the 765 Steam Engine at Fitzwater Train Yard! Passengers MUST be 21 and over to be on board. 

The 765 Steam Engine is in town! Join us for a fun filled, steam punk themed event at Fitzwater Train Yard. Climb aboard for a quick ride to the train yard for an evening filled with live music, games, and delicious food! All guests will have the opportunity to photograph the steam engine and enter into costume contests where the top three winners will receive a prize! Guests are encouraged to wear steam punk inspired clothing. 

Tickets are $75 per person. Ticket includes a short train ride to and from Fitzwater Train Yard, 3 food items at any of our food vendors and three drink vouchers that are valid for the beer, wine or soda of your choosing (to be redeemed before 10:00pm). Water will also be provided free of charge. The train will return to the Rockside Station at 11:00pm. 

Please note: All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Boarding will begin at the Rockside Station at 7:30pm. The train will run rain or shine. 

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Steam in the Valley- September 17, 18, 24 & 25

CVSR welcomes back the historic steam engine – The Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 Berkshire No. 765 –  from Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society. Enjoy a three hour round trip with a historic locomotive at the helm. The 765 is one of the largest operating steam locomotives in the United States!

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October

Children's Halloween Train-Saturday, October 29 at 1:45 PM out of Peninsula Depot

Climb aboard for a faBOOulous Halloween train ride!  Join us for an afternoon on train an play games, meet some Halloween characters, and enjoy a sweet treat! Here you will have the opportunity to receive autographs and take pictures with some special guests which include Dracula and his daughter, Cinderella and Rapunzel! Everyone will be dressed in their Halloween best, you should be too! We can't wait to  see you there in your Halloween party wear!   

Tickets are $30 per person. 

Train will depart Peninsula Depot at 1:45pm and return to the Peninsula Depot at 3:35pm. 

Please note: All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable upon purchase. Tickets are required for all passengers ages 2 and up. (Passengers under the age of 2 years are allowed to sit on a parent or guardian's lap).

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November

Underground Railroad-Friday & Saturday, November 4th & 5th out of Howe Meadow 

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park invites you to take the journey of a runaway slave on this experiential program that explores the triumphs and dangerous realities of the Underground Railroad. Along a two-mile lantern hike, you'll encounter characters bringing the past to life. Your final destination is the train. It is here that you will discover your fate.

This program is recommended for ages 14 and up.

To purchase tickets, please search for "Underground Railroad" under the November calendar.

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Veterans Day Train Ride- Friday, November 11th out of Rockside station and Akron Northside Station

Climb aboard for this two hour COMPLIMENTARY train ride to honor our veterans! We invite our veterans and their family members to enjoy the scenery and ride the rails through the landscape of the National Park. A concession car will be made available throughout the duration of the train ride. 

Maximum of 4 tickets per veteran. 

Find Tickets for 9:30 AM out of Rockside  

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