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Monday, September 28, 2009

Bowie Train Station Museum

Recently at playgroup a grandmother mentioned how much fun her grandchildren have playing at the red caboose at the Bowie Train Station so of course Lucas and I had to check it out!

This is a very easy and low-key destination for anyone whose children love trains.

The Train Station Museum is basically four small buildings: the welcome center, depot museum, tower and caboose. At the moment the depot museum is pretty empty and the tower is closed. The staff person on hand told me that the museum will be getting a new exhibit in December and that the tower is currently being renovated and will be open later this winter as well.

It didn't matter to Lucas, however, that those buildings didn't have much to offer because there was a caboose! A red caboose!

Inside, the caboose is basically empty except for a train table, a train table which he was totally excited to play with despite that fact that the one he has at home has been gathering dust recently. Isn't that always the case?

The true highlight for this destination, however, is the fact that the caboose is located very, very close to actual train tracks and MARC, Amtrak, Acela and freight trains speed by on a regular basis. In fact, the train schedule is posted inside the caboose so you know about when to expect them. We spent about an hour playing in and around the caboose and saw about 10 trains speed by. Lucas literally jumped with excitement at each and every one.

Next time we visit, I'll pack a lunch. There are a few picnic tables located on a grassy area near the caboose and tracks. What's better than watching the trains from the back of the caboose? Watching trains as you eat your lunch!

If you are looking for a low-key, free and easy activity to engage your kids for about an hour, the Bowie Train Station Museum is a great stop.

Additional details:

Bowie Train Station Museum
8614 Chestnut Avenue, Bowie, MD


Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am to 4pm

Cost: Free

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