Special Events

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad offers a variety of special events from Family Fun Loop’s to our Murder Mystery train. Scroll below to view them all! Interested in dining on the rails? Our dining excursions as well as excursions offered weekly are located here.

*Please note: The below prices do not include preservation and delivery fees.


August

Mixology: Bacardi Aged Rum Varieties
Saturday, August 25 from 5:40 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Departs at 5:40 p.m. out of Peninsula Depot
For passengers ages 21 and older only

Climb aboard for a half-loop excursion on the south end of our tracks! School’s in session but you can still escape with rum aged in the Caribbean sun.  On board, you will have the opportunity to enjoy  Bacardi’s 4 year Anejo Cuatro and 8 year Ocho Reserva, each in a mixed drink as well as 10 year Gran Reserve Diez as intended-neat. Ticket includes a souvenir drinking glass and four light appetizers.

Tickets are $50 per person.

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SOLD OUT Family Fun Loop: CVNP Rail Roving
Sunday, August 26 from 1:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Departs at 1:45 p.m. out of Peninsula Depot
All Ages Ride

Climb aboard for this one-and-half-hour trip and learn more about what Cuyahoga Valley National Park has to offer! The Rail Rovers will stay in the car with you and your family as they explain what animals call the park home! This is a great way to introduce young children to the park for the first time, hop on board and see for yourself!

Tickets are $10 per person (ages 3+). Children ages 2 and under do not need a ticket but must sit on parent’s or guardian’s lap.

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September

Murder Mystery: Five Card Draw
Friday, September 7 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. out of Rockside Station
Recommended for passengers ages 14 and over

A fixed card game at the Short Branch Saloon was the last hand for railroad tycoon Alexander Morgan. Belly up to the bar, folks, with Miss Smitty, Marshal Villon, Doc, Poker Alice and the rest of the west!

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. Each guests who correctly solves the mystery is awarded the Super Sleuth Certificate. Costumes are always encouraged.

Ticket includes two-hour train ride,  boxed dinner and murder mystery program. Individuals requesting a vegetarian meal option can contact mcarmichael@cvsr.com no later than Friday, July 31st, 2018.

Tickets are$50 per person.

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Music on the Train: The Vinyls
Friday, September 7 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. out of Rockside Station
For passengers ages 21 and older only

Climb aboard for this two hour round trip train ride through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park! On board, you will enjoy the sounds of music group The Vinyls. Listen and sing along with a duo of pros who will lead you in the greatest tunes from 1930 through 2017! Cash bar is available.

Tickets are $35 per person.

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Canvas and Wine on the Rails
Friday, September 7 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. out of Rockside Station
For passengers ages 21 and older only

Climb aboard and enjoy an evening of fun, creativity, and a little wine! On board, you will receive step-by-step instruction from a talented artist while you sip wine and ride the rails through the National Park after dark! Ages 21 and older only. The concession car will be accessible to passengers to purchase other beverages and snacks at an additional cost. We accept cash and credit cards except American Express. Ticket includes 2 hour train ride, wine, finished painting and instruction.

Tickets are $50 per person

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Family Fun Loop: Back to School Bears
Saturday, September 8 from 3:40-5:30 p.m.
Departs at 3:40 p.m. from Peninsula Depot

Climb aboard this half-loop excursion for an afternoon stuffed with family fun! Take in the sights of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park while you receive a step-by-step instructional on how to bring your new friend to life!

Choose from three animals when buying tickets.

The “Builder Ticket” (includes stuffed bear) is $18 per person. The “Helper Ticket: is $12 per person (will not receive stuffed bear).

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Steam in the Valley
September 22, 23, 28, 29 & 30
Departs from Rockside Station and Akron Northside Station, see ticket listing for details

Climb aboard for a two and a half hour round trip with a historic locomotive steam engine at the helm, one of the largest operating steam locomotives in the United States! Passengers will have the opportunity to deboard the train at a secure location for an exclusive photo opportunity. Watch as this 400 ton locomotive thunders through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park at full speed and experience the wonder that surrounds the Steam in the Valley!

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October

Fall Flyer
Saturdays and Sundays in October
Departs from Rockside Station at 9:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday
Departs from Akron Northside Station at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday

Experience the vibrant colors of autumn as you make your way through Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Settle in for this two-hour, nonstop round trip. New special seating options available!

Ticket prices range from $25-$30 per person. Groups and private car rentals available.

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Emerging Brews: Hoppin Frog!
Friday, October 5 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. from Akron Northside Station

Climb aboard for a two-hour train ride through Cuyahoga Valley National Park and sample four of Hoppin Frog’s beers with light appetizers! CVSR is happy to have Hoppin Frog back for this smaller beer tasting event. Ticket includes two-hour train ride and four beer samples.

Tickets start at $50 per person

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Murder Mystery Train: A Long Crime Ago
Friday, October 5 from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. from Akron Northside Station
Recommended for passengers ages 14 and over

The 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago was a wondrous display of the greatest artists, architects, inventors, entertainers, pickpockets, and con artists of all time.  October 10 was “Chicago Day,” and culminated with a fantastic fireworks display over Lake Michigan.  Several people watched from the roof of the Pabst Casino, but one Frank Furter was found the next day, hogtied at the bottom of a beer barrel.  What in the world ….??  But what a way to go!

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. Each guests who correctly solves the mystery is awarded the Super Sleuth Certificate. Costumes are always encouraged. Ticket includes two-hour train ride, boxed dinner and murder mystery program.

Tickets are $50 per person

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Super Royal Halloween Train
Sunday, October 14 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Departs at 3:30 p.m. out of Akron Northside Station

Climb aboard for a faBOOulous Halloween train ride! Join us for an afternoon on the train to listen to stories, sing songs, and enjoy a sweet treat! On board, you’ll have the opportunity to receive autographs and take pictures with some special guests like Ice Princess, Snow Queen, Bat Guy, and Super Power Girl. Everyone will be dressed in their Halloween best, you should be too! Children are encouraged to dress up in costumes. The concession car will be accessible to passengers to purchase other beverages and snacks at an additional cost.

Tickets are $35 per person

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Town Branch Distillery Sampling
Friday, October 19 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. out of Rockside Station
For passengers ages 21 and older only

The folks at Town Branch Distillery are crossing the Ohio River to bring us samples of their Town Branch Rye and Town Branch Bourbon. Join us for a samplings of whisky on a cool fall night. On board, you’ll receive a samples neat and mixed, while enjoying paired appetizers. Passengers may purchase other beverages and snacks from the concession car at an additional cost. Ages 21 and only

Tickets are $60 per person

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The Pumpkin Party
Saturday, October 20 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Departs from Rockside Station at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 21 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Departs from Akron Station at 3:30 p.m.

Calling all ghouls and boys, climb aboard for this great pumpkin decorating party! Join us for an afternoon on the train to decorate pumpkins and ride the rails through Cuyahoga Valley National Park. On board, you will be provided with a pumpkin and crafty assistants ready to help. Everyone will be dressed in their Halloween best, you should be too! The concession car will be accessible to passengers to purchase other beverages and snacks at an additional cost. Ticket includes two hour round trip, a pumpkin, and craft supplies.

Tickets are $30 per person. Recommended for ages 3+

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