Special Events

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


December

Ugly Sweater Holiday Train Ride
Select dates through December 21st, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Departs from Rockside station at 7:00 p.m.
Ages 21 and over

Join us for this two-hour, adult only train ride through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It’s an ugly sweater party! Wear your ugliest holiday sweater for a chance to win CVSR prizes in the photo contest! Please Note: This event is for passengers ages 21+ ONLY and is NOT a part of the Polar Express program.

Seating is in the first class car. Throughout the duration of your ride, you will have access to our panoramic upper dome car with a bird’s eye view of the park. Passengers in this car will not have access to the rest of the train.

Holiday beers, wines, pop, water and snacks will be available for additional purchase.

Ugly Sweater Photo Contest:

Wear your ugliest holiday sweater on this excursion for a chance to win CVSR prizes.

  • Share your photos on Facebook or Instagram when you ride between November 24th-December 21st.
  • Tag us at Facebook (@CVSRailroad) or Instagram (Cuyahoga_Valley_Railroad) with your photo.
  • Include the hashtag #CVSRuglysweater.
  • The top three photos of the whole season will be announced on December 22nd.
  • The user that tagged the photo will be contacted.
  • Prizes will not be distributed until January 2018.
  • All photos must be taken in the dome car during the Ugly Sweater Holiday Train Ride.
  • CVSR has permission to share the winners’ photos via Facebook and Instagram.

Winners will receive:

1st Place: 4 deluxe tickets for any scheduled Ales on Rails, Beer Tasting Excursion from January-May 2018
2nd Place: 4 national park scenic coach train ride tickets and 4 CVSR t-shirts
3rd Place: 2 CVSR t-shirts

*The prizes listed are final and cannot be exchanged or upgraded.

The following dates are sold out: Friday 12/15 and Sat 12/16

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January 

Royalty on the Rails
Saturday, January 20th from 1:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Departs at 1:45 p.m. out of Peninsula Depot
All ages. Passengers ages 3 and up need ticket. Passengers under the age of 3 do not need a ticket but must sit on a parent or guardian’s lap.

Climb aboard the train to listen to stories, sing songs, and enjoy a sweet treat with your favorite princesses! Passengers will have the opportunity to receive autographs and take pictures with our special guests: Snow Queen, Ice Princess, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty.

Tickets are $30 per person, ages 3+.

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Emerging Brews: Royal Docks Brewing 
Sunday, January 21st from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. out of Akron Northside Station
For passengers ages 21 and over

For the first time, we’re going south of the Summit County line and welcoming Royal Docks Brewing Company on board! Climb aboard for this two hour round trip train ride through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park! On board, you will sample a variety of Royal Docks’ brews while you enjoy light catered appetizers.

Beer menu includes: +44 Brown Ale, Tanglefoot IPA, Baba Yaga Coffee Porter and Vlad the Impaler Imperial Stout

Tickets are $60 per person.

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SOLD OUT-Haunted Cuyahoga: Ghost Stories of the Valley
Sunday, January 21st from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. out of Akron Northside Station
Recommended for passengers ages 12 and over

Climb aboard for the afternoon and relax as you listen to some of the Cuyahoga’s many tales of local ghosts, crimes, grizzly deaths, and folklore. On board, you will hear stories of strange creature encounters, including alligators in the Cuyahoga, a Mothman encounter in Cuyahoga Falls, the Peninsula Python hysteria of 1944, and our very own local Bigfoot known as the “Grassman.” Access to the concession car is available throughout the duration of the event.

Tickets are $22 per person.

Canvas and Wine on the Rails
Sunday, January 21st from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. from Akron Northside station
For Passengers 21 and over only

Climb aboard the train for an evening of creativity and a little wine! On board, you will receive step-by-step instruction from a talented artist. Seating is in our table car (seats are in sections of four). Tickets include a two hour train ride, wine, painting instruction and your completed artwork to take home! Additional beverages are available for purchase in the concession car.

All Passengers MUST be at least 21 years of age to ride.

Tickets are $50 per person.

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SOLD OUT-Murder Mystery Train: High Stakes Hotel!
Sunday, January 21st from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. from Akron Northside station
Recommended for passengers ages 14 and over

What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas, climb aboard and watch the mystery unfold! The Grand Hotel is the newest destination on the Las Vegas strip and it’s about to announce a $10 million profit in it’s first yea, but the CEO was a no show at the gala celebration! Who knew about his allergy to penicillin? Was is the hotel physician, or the Chef d’ Jour? Someone had an axe to grind, care to place a bet?

Ticket includes 2 hour train ride,  boxed dinner and murder mystery program. Menus for the boxed dinner will be announced one week prior to the event. Individuals requesting vegetarian meal options can contact kcanzoni@cvsr.com no later than Friday, January 12th, 2018.

Tickets are $50 per person.

Cookies, Cocoa and Coloring with Kids 
Saturday, January 27th from 1:45-3:30 p.m.
Departs at 1:45 p.m. from Peninsula Depot
All Ages Ride.

Head out of the house and get away on this family-friendly excursion! The most wonderful season of all continues on board the train, especially if you have a warm cup of cocoa. On this hour and a half long trip, you and the kids can enjoy a cup of cocoa, chocolate chip cookie and get creative with a selection of pictures to color as you make your way through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park!

Tickets are $20 per person. All passengers ages 3 and over require a ticket. Children 2 and under do not need a ticket, but must sit on a parent’s or guardian’s lap.

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February

SOLD OUT-Murder Mystery Train: Last Voyage!
Friday, February 2nd from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. out of Rockside station
Recommended for passengers ages 14 and up

The captain went down, but not with the ship! The engagement cruise on the party yacht took a dive when someone started leaking secrets! Who will Gale Storm land next, or has Ty Tannick sunk to a new low?

Ticket includes 2 hour train ride,  boxed dinner and murder mystery program. Menus for the boxed dinner will be announced one week prior to the event. Individuals requesting vegetarian meal options can contact kcanzoni@cvsr.com no later than Friday, January 26th, 2018.

Tickets are $50 per person

Canvas and Wine on the Rails
Friday, February 2nd from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. from Rockside Station
For Passengers 21 and over only

Climb aboard the train for an evening of creativity and a little wine! On board, you will receive step-by-step instruction from a talented artist. Seating is in our table car (seats are in sections of four). Tickets include a two hour train ride, wine, painting instruction and your completed artwork to take home! Additional beverages are available for purchase in the concession car.

All Passengers MUST be at least 21 years of age to ride.

Tickets are $50 per person.

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SOLD OUT-Haunted Cuyahoga: Ghost Stories of the Valley
Friday, February 2nd from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. out of Rockside station
Recommended for passengers ages 12 and up

Climb aboard for the afternoon and relax as you listen to some of the Cuyahoga’s many tales of local ghosts, crimes, grizzly deaths, and folklore. On board, you will hear stories of strange creature encounters, including alligators in the Cuyahoga, a Mothman encounter in Cuyahoga Falls, the Peninsula Python hysteria of 1944, and our very own local Bigfoot known as the “Grassman”. Beverages and snacks are available for purchase in the concession car throughout the duration of the event.

Tickets are $22 per person.

Superhero Train
Saturday, February 10th from 1:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Departs at 1:45 p.m. out of Peninsula Depot
All ages. Passengers ages 3 and up need ticket. Passengers under the age of 3 do not need a ticket but must sit on a parent or guardian’s lap.

Bam, Wham, KaPow! It’s a super hero filled afternoon! Join us for an afternoon on the train to listen to stories, sing songs, and enjoy a sweet treat! On board you will have the opportunity to receive autographs and take pictures with your favorite superheros. Our special guests include Bat Guy, Superpower Girl, Warrior Woman and Patriotic Hero!

Tickets are $30 per person.

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Decades Train
Saturday, February 10th from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. out of Rockside station
Recommended for passengers ages 14 and up

We’re taking it way back in time from the glamour of the 1920’s those neon windbreakers of the 1990’s!  Each car will pay tribute to a great decade with music, décor, and activities. Whether you’re looking  for a fun Valentine’s Day date idea, friends night out, or a shared family trip through time, this train is sure to be a good time! The young and young at heart will enjoy climbing aboard as you ride the rails through the National Park on the Decade’s Train!

Come dressed in your favorite decade wear, snap a picture and share your photos by tagging us at Facebook (@CVSRailroad) and Instagram (Cuyahoga_Valley_Railroad), using #CVSRdecade. The top three photos will be selected on February 14th! Photos must be shared by tagging our Facebook or Instagram page using the #CVSRdecade hashtag for inclusion.

Tickets are $45 per person.

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Cookies, Cocoa and Coloring with Kids 
Saturday, February 17th from 1:45-3:30 p.m.
Departs at 1:45 p.m. from Peninsula Depot
All Ages Ride.

Head out of the house and get away on this family-friendly excursion! The most wonderful season of all continues on board the train, especially if you have a warm cup of cocoa. On this hour and a half long trip, you and the kids can enjoy a cup of cocoa, chocolate chip cookie and get creative with a selection of pictures to color as you make your way through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park!

Tickets are $20 per person. All passengers ages 3 and over require a ticket. Children 2 and under do not need a ticket, but must sit on a parent’s or guardian’s lap.

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March 

SOLD OUT-Murder Mystery Train: Oscar Madness!
Friday, March 2nd from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. out of Akron Northside station
Recommended for passengers ages 14 and up

Everyone in Hollywood is buzzing about tonight’s Oscar ceremony. Climb aboard and watch the mystery unfold! Moments after Herta Stone Best Actress for “Whatever Happened to Baby Ruth”, her has been husband was run down a by a black limo, but everyone in Hollywood drives a black limo! Fashion critic Joan Waters investigates the celebs of the Red Carpet to find out who is “mad about Oscar”!

Ticket includes 2 hour train ride,  boxed dinner and murder mystery program. Menus for the boxed dinner will be announced one week prior to the event. Individuals requesting vegetarian meal options can contact kcanzoni@cvsr.com no later than Friday, February 23rd, 2018.

Tickets are $50 per person.

Canvas and Wine on the Rails
Friday, March 2nd from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. from Akron Northside Station
For Passengers 21 and over only

Climb aboard the train for an evening of creativity and a little wine! On board, you will receive step-by-step instruction from a talented artist. Seating is in our table car (seats are in sections of four). Tickets include a two hour train ride, wine, painting instruction and your completed artwork to take home! Additional beverages are available for purchase in the concession car.

All Passengers MUST be at least 21 years of age to ride.

Tickets are $50 per person.

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Haunted Cuyahoga: Ghost Stories of the Valley
Friday, March 2nd from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. out of Akron Northside station
Recommended for passengers ages 12 and up

Climb aboard for the afternoon and relax as you listen to some of the Cuyahoga’s many tales of local ghosts, crimes, grizzly deaths, and folklore. On board, you will hear stories of strange creature encounters, including alligators in the Cuyahoga, a Mothman encounter in Cuyahoga Falls, the Peninsula Python hysteria of 1944, and our very own local Bigfoot known as the “Grassman”. Beverages and snacks will be available for additional purchase in the concession car is available throughout the duration of the event.

Tickets are $22 per person.

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Family Fun Loop: Board Games!
Sunday, March 4th from 1:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Departs at 1:45 p.m.-out of Peninsula Depot
All Ages Ride

Come ride the rails and enjoy some tabletop games as you make your way through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park! We’ll provide classic board games like checkers, Scrabble and cards or you can bring your own fun game on board! Seating is in our table car in sections of four (two seats facing two seats). Seating is assigned. Ticket includes hour and 1/2 train ride and various board games.

Tickets are $12 per person (ages 3 and up). Passengers under the age of 3 do not need a ticket but must sit on a parent’s or guardian’s lap during the duration of the ride.

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Royalty on the Rails
Sunday, March 11th from 1:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Departs at 1:45 p.m. out of Peninsula Depot
All ages. Passengers ages 3 and up need ticket. Passengers under the age of 3 do not need a ticket but must sit on a parent or guardian’s lap.

Join us for an afternoon on the 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 Princess Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White and the Little Mermaid.

Tickets are $30 per person, ages 3+.

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Murder Mystery Train: Spooky Seance!
Friday, March 16th from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. out of Rockside Station 
Recommended for passengers ages 14 and up

Are you a believer? Even Madame Gaze can’t predict these turn of events! Climb aboard and watch the mystery unfold! The list of believers in Madam Gaze’s psychic abilities spans the globe! British socialite Lady Sadie, gossip writer Jackie O’ Collins, and oil tycoon Sheik Sneak a Peek all make the list. Now Madame Gaze is dead and her diary seems to be missing. Can you predict how the mystery will unfold?

Ticket includes 2 hour train ride,  boxed dinner and murder mystery program. Menus for the boxed dinner will be announced one week prior to the event. Individuals requesting vegetarian meal options can contact kcanzoni@cvsr.com no later than  Friday, March 9th, 2018.

Tickets are $50 per person.

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Canvas and Wine on the Rails
Friday, March 16th from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. from Rockside Station
For Passengers 21 and over only

Climb aboard the train for an evening of creativity and a little wine! On board, you will receive step-by-step instruction from a talented artist. Seating is in our table car (seats are in sections of four). Tickets include a two hour train ride, wine, painting instruction and your completed artwork to take home! Additional beverages are available for purchase in the concession car.

All Passengers MUST be at least 21 years of age to ride.

Tickets are $50 per person.

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Family Fun Loop: CVNP Rail Roving
Sunday, March 25th from 1:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Departs at 1:45 p.m.-out of Peninsula Depot
All Ages Ride

Come ride the rails and enjoy some tabletop games as you make your way through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park! We’ll provide classic board games like checkers, Scrabble and cards or you can bring your own fun game on board! Seating is in our table car in sections of four (two seats facing two seats). Seating is assigned. Ticket includes hour and 1/2 train ride and various board games.

Tickets are $10 per person (ages 3 and up). Passengers under the age of 3 do not need a ticket but must sit on a parent’s or guardian’s lap during the duration of the ride.

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April

Family Fun Loop: Board Games!
Sunday, April 1st from 1:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Departs at 1:45 p.m.-out of Peninsula Depot
All Ages Ride

Come ride the rails and enjoy some tabletop games as you make your way through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park! We’ll provide classic board games like checkers, Scrabble and cards or you can bring your own fun game on board! Seating is in our table car in sections of four (two seats facing two seats). Seating is assigned. Ticket includes hour and 1/2 train ride and various board games.

Tickets are $12 per person (ages 3 and up). Passengers under the age of 3 do not need a ticket but must sit on a parent’s or guardian’s lap during the duration of the ride.

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Murder Mystery Train: Bye Bye Bucca 
Friday, April 6th from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. out of Rockside Station
Recommended for passengers ages 14 and up

It’s the Roaring 20’s and the era of bootleg liquor and mobs! Follow the continuing saga of the Bucca Family during the Roaring 20’s! Mobsters, flappers, Union racketeering and Prohibition weave a tangled web. Who will be the new Godfather now that Sam Bucca is dead? Climb aboard for this fun, interactive program and uncover “who dunnit?” Seating is in our coach cars (sections of four, with two seats facing two seats).

Tickets include a two hour train ride,  boxed dinner and murder mystery program. Menus for the boxed dinner will be announced one week prior to the event. Individuals requesting vegetarian meal options can contact kcanzoni@cvsr.com no later than Friday, March 30th, 2018.

Tickets are $50 per person.

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Family Fun Loop: CVNP Rail Roving
Sunday, April 22nd from 1:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Departs at 1:45 p.m.-out of Peninsula Depot
All Ages Ride

Come ride the rails and enjoy some tabletop games as you make your way through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park! We’ll provide classic board games like checkers, Scrabble and cards or you can bring your own fun game on board! Seating is in our table car in sections of four (two seats facing two seats). Seating is assigned. Ticket includes hour and 1/2 train ride and various board games.

Tickets are $10 per person (ages 3 and up). Passengers under the age of 3 do not need a ticket but must sit on a parent’s or guardian’s lap during the duration of the ride.

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