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South Coast Railroad Museum

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Address: 300 N Los Carneros Rd, Goleta, CA 93117-1502
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+1 805-964-3540
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Wed - Sun 13:00 - 16:00

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Always a sweet experience for young & old families

Miniature trains & train rides, picnic table, fun with friends & family, pack a picnic and go. Great fun during the different festivals, holidays, summer concerts, 4th of July... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2015
doris s
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Santa Barbara, California
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89 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017

When the little narrow gauge train is running, little kids love riding around the track behind an "engineer" dressed like an old-time engineer. Some memorability and close to a nice walk around a pond with ducks--good place to let the kids rip or walk Fido.

Thank IdeasAndOpinions
San Diego, California
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2016 via mobile

They have a neat kiddy train. Otherwise there is one building as shown on the picture and one train car. But it is next to a beautiful home that can be toured. It is a beautiful setting great for a family picnic. Otherwise, kind of boring.

Thank Terry H
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70 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2015

Miniature trains & train rides, picnic table, fun with friends & family, pack a picnic and go. Great fun during the different festivals, holidays, summer concerts, 4th of July, Easter and so much more!

Thank doris s
San Diego, California
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221 reviews
162 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2015

This is going to be particularly exciting for small children. A local business has subsidized the attraction, so the miniature train ride (which is cheap enough as it is) will be free on weekends this year. It's a nice ride that lasts a while because they have built several loops of track into their limited acreage. The one piece of... More 

Thank Bob T
Kailua, Hawaii
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2014

This was perfect for a short visit with our 5 year old, and at his request, we returned the next day. There was a small (very small) train to ride on -- the rails are only 7.5" apart, which he loved. He was also intrigued by the Goleta depot which had been relocated to the museum. The staff in the... More 

1 Thank Lisa B
Bakersfield, California
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61 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2013

Kids like the train ride which is only a buck. Not much else there however. The stow house is right there as well. So you can do two things in the area without moving your car.

Thank Sean E
Lompoc, California, United States
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37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2013

It's out of the way and should be better advertised but I guess that serves to keep the crowds out of the way. This is a great place to take the kids to see something new.

1 Thank josephmclain
Santa Barbara, California
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88 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2012

Great fun for the kids. They'll love the train ride. There are nice grassy areas and a good trail. Saw some great birds, too.

1 Thank L. K
Santa Barbara, CA
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56 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2012

The train is the main attraction and kids love it.

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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79 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2011

On Friday 10-21-11 I went to South Coast Railroad Museum (after a 4.5 hour airplane flight from the east coast of the US). This is something that I wanted to do before my 50th birthday, but that came and went. Due to my love for Petticoat Junction (anyone over 50 would know what show I am talking about) I have... More 

4 Thank zebraroo

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