Get a closer look at one of the proudest innovations of American ingenuity—the railroad. Authentic Pullmans, engines, ... More
Gold Coast Railroad Museum (The)
Get a closer look at one of the proudest innovations of American ingenuity—the railroad. Authentic Pullmans, engines, and dining cars are displayed along a half-mile of real track. The museum's most prized acquisition, however, is the Ferdinand Magellan, one of the most luxurious railroad cars in the United States. Built in the 1930's for President Franklin Roosevelt, the car has since been used by Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Reagan, and Bush. The Ferdinand Magellan was completely restored after being destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and is now available for public viewing at the museum.
The Presidential Car was closed for viewing on our visit, which was the only reason we planned this excursion. This closure was not noted on their website. Lighting and presentation of displays was very inadequate, and we felt the entire venue had been allowed to deteriorate.
My husband and daughter and I went for the Thomas the Train event in mid March and we had a wonderful time. The museum is located down the same driveway that leads to Miami Metro Zoo and we noticed it when we went to the zoo in January.
Miami being pretty warm all year round we were worried that it might be too hot, but in fact, there was a great breeze and it was very nice.
We plan to go again when we go back to the zoo (we have a zoo membership now), my daughter loved the trains and really enjoyed the kid's train ride.
Along with the kiddie ride, there are coach rides on the few miles of track they have on the huge site. We even got a little not-so-dull history lesson walking through the train cars from different eras.
My husband enjoyed the toy trains and the older gentleman who ran them. He was a hoot and full of great info about the trains.
Its not too expensive for what you're getting and it looks like they're planning on putting in more landscaping. It could use it.
Our only complaint would be that there is really no place to get a snack. There are soda machines, but no concession stand. I think they sold hotdogs in the gift shop, but not what we were hoping for.
Still, over all, a really nice museum and a fun morning out.
(I was told they do the Thomas the Train thing every year, it was really fun!)
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