The North Carolina Transportation Museum
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The most friendliest, entertaining, diverse, fun museum Ive ever been to. There truly is something for everyone here. Beautiful locomotives and railcars from all over the country (and world) with an amazing truck/car/plane section as well. There is so much history to be found at the museum and if youre lucky, youll even see the friendly museum cat who will plop on her back and ask for belly rubs. The staff was extremely polite and friendly and made the experience even more enjoyable, and the $6 train ride was well worth it! If i could, Id go back tomorrow.
My family and I really enjoyed our day here. There was lots to see, and the history was very interesting. There were some hands-on things for the kids, but they could really use more. And the things that are hands-on weren't always clearly marked, so it was a little frustrating for my 5 year old who wanted to touch every car. He really enjoyed being able to climb up in the cab of a big truck, and explore some of the train cars. The rest of us enjoyed all there was to see and take in. The train ride wasn't very exciting, but it was really nice. We bought a membership, so the turntable ride was included. I would have been disappointed if I'd paid for the turntable ride. It was interesting, but the operator was kind of unpleasant towards some of us, and simply ignored others. He was very friendly to my husband though. All in all, for the price and the close proximity to home, this was a win for my family and we hope to return soon!
Fun for kids and adults of all ages. We went today (9/23/22) for the Thomas and friends day. The museum is very accessible, not far off of 85. There is ample parking (note for the further away parking lot there is a shuttle, not sure if thisbis for special events only). Roughly a dozen or so vendors selling food and drinks. The museum itself is massive with lots of space to walk around with interactive stops for children.
We went on the Polar Express ride!!! SO MUCH FUN, and very nostalgic for some! I think the adults enjoyed it just as much if not more than the kids. Very well done. The decorations, chef dancing through the aisle serving hot cocoa, the ticket stamper, the kid actors playing the characters from the story, and the visit to the North Pole were all great. Santa even came onboard to hand out sleigh bells! Tickets sell out quickly so if you want options, buy as soon as they go on sale. We purchased a table for four in the "Parlor" which I believe was the most expensive at close to $400 total. Kind of expensive for a family outing but we thought it was worth it. I'm not sure we'd do this one every year, but probably alternate with something else in between years. It wouldn't feel as special to do every year, but we loved this whole experience!
We experienced the Polar Express train ride. This experience truly excited my inner child. It brought so much joy to me and my family. This experience was beyond what I expected! Everyone was very nice and polite. I plan on making this one of our yearly holiday traditions!