Looking for trains that you can ride? Check out Maricopa Live Steamers in Glendale!
I had heard about Maricopa Live Steamers a few years ago and we would end up booked up on a Sunday, and miss the opportunity to go. Maricopa Live Steamers offers free train rides almost every Sunday, October through May (before it gets too hot!). Along with trains to ride on, kids also get the opportunity to try and drive a little train! There are also party areas with picnic tables that you can reserve!
Maricopa Live Steamers is directly across 43rd Avenue from Wet N Wild Phoenix!
It is about a 30-40 minute drive from Surprise, which is not too bad at all. And like I said, train rides are free on Sundays (but bring a few dollars as a donation, as it would be awesome!)
The parking lot is a dirt lot with quite a bit of parking. Please drive slowly as there are little kids walking around and dust kicks up easily.
There is a little “town” made out of boxcars, which I thought was super fun! Plus, it doubles as storage!
Follow the signs to get a train ride!
Well, we almost got a nice picture if everyone was looking! HA!
There was a port a potty right near where we were standing by this picture, and I believe it was the only bathroom available (I have an email out to the volunteers to confirm this!)
Waiting area, with possibility of shade! I believe the metal piping was to hold cloth for shade.
And some nice benches you can wait on. Rides are about 16-20 minutes long, so you might want a seat!
There is a little store, and a place they accept donations. All the rides are provided by the members of Maricopa Live Steamer’s Club. They do not receive any assistance other than the members and the donations.
While waiting to go on the train, you watch a little safety video.
At this point, I realized it was good that we did not take a trip out to the trains when our kids were littler. Kids cannot be held on a lap and must be able to keep their hands on the seats and feet on the floorboards (and listen to directions!). There is no age recommendation that MLS states, but I would say no younger than 3, or 4-depending on your child.
As you can see, the kids are basically sitting on a balance beam. Their feet are on the floor board. The five of us sat on the one seat comfortably. There are seats for those with mobility impairments that are more like an office chair.
You can see that the train looks like a mini actual train. There are benches and the the “office chair” type seats.
About thirty five people fit on the train. The train takes about 16-20 minutes, and there are four different tracks.
As you take a ride through, there are different things to look at-Full size and mini buildings, and fun little set-ups! Otherwise, there is a ton of desert landscape to look at as well as a dirt bike race track!
You can watch a time lapse video that my husband took during our time on the Maricopa Live Steamers Ride.
The train doesn’t Actually go this fast!
After we all were on the train, the kids were able to take a little “test drive” as the driver.
The kids were able to drive about 300 feet which was a perfect distance! The instructor was super patient, and I heard he is also a school teacher!
We truly appreciated this amazing experience. I felt like this is the ultimate train lovers play place. Who needs a train table or a train room when you can buy an area in the desert and make real life train tracks??
Maricopa Live Steamers
22822 N 43rd Avenue, Glendale