Special Events

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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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September

Hale Farm Explorer- Saturdays & Sundays, Departs Rockside station at 9:00 am or 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. 

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

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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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

Hale Farm Explorer- Saturdays & Sundays, Departs Rockside station at 9:00 am or 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. 

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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Pumpkin Express- October 22nd & 23rd at 9:00 AM out of Rockside Station and 10:50 AM out of Akron Northside Station

Fall is in the air!  Join us for a short train ride to our Peninsula Station, where you will deboard the train and take a bus ride to Heritage Farm! At the farm, you will have a chance to pick out and purchase your perfect pumpkin. The bus will take you back to the Penisula Depot where you will take the train back to your station of origin. Heritage Farm offers a variety of activities including a maze, scavenger hunt, coloring tepees, pumpkin rolling, corn box, straw tunnel and many more! A Harvest Barn shop will also be open with re-purposed items, antiques, crafts and more. 

ROCKSIDE DEPARTURE- TIMING OF EVENT:

9:00am - Board Rockside Station - Independence
9:45am - Deboard at Peninsula Depot, take bus ride to Heritage Farms
11:20am - Bus ride back to Peninsula Depot
11:40am - Reboard train to take you back to Rockside Station - Independence
12:10pm - Arrive at Rockside Station - Independence

AKRON NORTHSIDE DEPARTURE- TIMING OF EVENT:

10:50am - Board Akron Northside Station
11:40am - Deboard at Peninsula Depot, take bus ride to Heritage Farms
1:20pm - Bus ride back to Peninsula Depot
1:45pm - Reboard train to take you back to Akron Northside Station
2:30pm - Arrive at Akron Northside Station
 

Please note: All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. You are responsible for ensuring that you arrive to the bus pick up and drop off at designated times. Tickets will not be refunded to passengers that miss the bus or train. Pumpkin and farm activities are NOT included in your ticket. Plan to dress appropriately for the weather. 

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

Climb aboard for a faBOOulous Halloween train ride!  Join us for an afternoon on train. Meet Halloween characters, play games 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. Military card and/or identification must be presented at boarding stations.

Maximum of 4 tickets per veteran. 

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Mr. Jingeling's Holiday Jubilee-November 26th & 27th at 9:00 AM out of Rockside Station and 10:50 AM out of Akron Northside Station

Climb aboard this holiday season and enjoy a fun-filled train ride with Santa's #1 Elf! Mr. Jingeling will bring the holiday magic on board as he shares traditional Christmas songs and some short stories of life on the North Pole. Bring the young and the young at heart together, and Mr. Jingeling will sign a Good Luck key for all the children!

The program will last for an hour and a half of your three hour round trip. 

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children.

Please note: This is a three hour round trip, with no layovers or deboarding. All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable upon purchase. 

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Christmas Tree Adventure November 26th and 27th at 9:00 AM out of Rockside Station and 10:50 AM out of Akron Nothside Station

Over the river and through the woods to Heritage Tree Farms we go! It's the holiday season! Climb aboard for a short train ride to the Historic Village of Peninsula where you will deboard and take a bus to Heritage Tree Farm.  At the farm, you will have a chance to pick out and purchase your perfect tree. The bus will take you back to the Peninsula Depot where you will take the train back to your station of origin. 

ROCKSIDE DEPARTURE-TIMING OF EVENT:
9:00am - Board Rockside Station - Independence
9:45am - Deboard at Peninsula Depot, take bus ride to Heritage Farms
11:20am - Bus ride back to Peninsula Depot
11:40am - Reboard train to take you back to Rockside Station - Independence
12:10pm - Arrive at Rockside Station – Independence

AKRON NORTHSIDE DEPARTURE-TIMING OF EVENT:
10:50am - Board Akron Northside Station 
11:40am - Deboard at Peninsula Depot, take bus ride to Heritage Farms
1:20pm - Bus ride back to Peninsula Depot
1:45pm - Reboard train to take you back to Akron Northside Station
2:30pm - Arrive at Akron Northside Station

Please note: All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. You are responsible for ensuring that you arrive to the bus pick up and drop off at designated times. Tickets will not be refunded to passengers that miss the bus or train. Tree cost and farm activities are NOT included in your ticket. Plan to dress appropriately for the weather.

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