Special Events

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Breakfast and Lunch Along the Cuyahoga- Saturdays & Sundays

Join us for a beautifully prepared breakfast, brunch 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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Hale Farm Explorer- Wednesdays-Sundays

Departs Rockside station at 9:00 am 

Departs Akron Northside at 10:50 am

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. 

Food service is available at 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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Summer Read Aboard Program- Thursdays, June 9 through August 11

Departs 9:00 AM from Rockside Station and 10:50 from Akron Northside Station

Climb aboard for this child and family based reading program as you make your way through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park! Ages 3 and up

Children and families will board the train and learn about where to find interesting books to read, have a short story time, participate in a creative hands-on art activity and scavenger hunt. There will be a small snack and juice served as well.

This program is designed to encourage enthusiasm for trains, love of reading and how you can further develop a relationship with the national park!

Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for children (Ages 3-12)


All children must be accompanied by an adult. All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

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Evening Dining on the Rails-Fridays through August 26th out of Peninsula Depot

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

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

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Christmas in July- Saturday, July 30th at 7:00 PM out of Rockside Station

At the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, it’s always the season to believe! Join us for our Annual Christmas in July celebration! Ages 21 and up. There will be a selected beer and wine menu, raffles, a silent auction and a chance to meet Santa! Each year, CVSR provides a little extra holiday cheer for those that need it most. Your participation in this event will help fund the Annual Polar Express Charity Run!

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Hale Farm Civil War Explorer- Departures from Rockside or Akron Station, Saturday August 13th and Sunday August 14th

Travel by train to Hale Farm & Village for the Annual Civil War Reenactment! On this special day, guests can experience the recreation of the Battle of Big Bethel! There is much to see and do, including interacting with Civil War soldiers, viewing mounted cavalry drills and meeting President Lincoln!

You will board the train either from Rockside or Akron, then travel to Indigo Lake Station where a tram will take you to the historic Hale Farm & Village. Please note: Train passengers will be unable to view the entire recreation due to the timing of the train departures. For more information on what to expect from your time at Hale Farm, please contact Hale Farm and Village at 330-666-3711.

Tickets are $25.00 for adults and $15 for children (ages 3-12).

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

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Cocktails on Rails- Sunday, August 21stat 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 their using. 

Passengers MUST be 21 and over to be on board and are required to have a valid ID to present upon boarding. Seating will be in on of 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.


National Park Centennial 

The National Park Service is celebrating its Centennial! 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the NPS. There are a variety of programs and opportunities to explore and learn more about Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

We will make a special stop at Howe Meadow for any All Day Pass holders interested in celebrating with the park on August 21st.

Check out 100 Ways to Celebrate the NPS Centennial in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. All visitors are encouraged to share their CVNP experiences through the national Find Your Park campaign by using the hashtag #FindYourPark and #CVNP on their social media channels or detailing their story in words or images at www.findyourpark.com.


Murder Mystery Train-Friday, September 9th at 7:00 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 7:00 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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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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