It’s almost spring, and that means Easter will soon be here. Time to dye eggs and get ready to hop on the Easter Express! Three New Jersey railroads offer an exciting opportunity to meet Peter Cottontail while riding the rails—a perfect activity for your train-loving kid. Be sure to get your tickets early, as these rides sell out quickly.
The Easter Bunny Express – Flemington
April 2, 8, 9, 14, 15
Departing from the Flemington Station, the Easter Bunny Express includes a visit from the Bunny of the Hour, who will visit with each child, pose for pictures, and give out small candy treats. The 25-minute (each way) train ride stops at Ringoes, where you can browse in the gift shop and visit the railroad museum car. On April 8 and 9, the ride is powered by a old-fashioned steam locomotive. Get tickets.
Easter Bunny Train Ride – Phillipsburg
April 8, 9, 15
Take the Easter Bunny Train ride of a lifetime with the Delaware River Railroad Excursions. You and your family will enjoy scenic views as you choo-choo along the river to Carpentersville. Upon arrival, everyone is welcome to take pictures with Mr. Bunny and participate in an Easter egg hunt (four per child). The ride also features a banjo playing hobo and a juggler. Get tickets.
Whippany's Easter Bunny Express.
Easter Bunny Express at Whippany Railway Museum – Whippany
April 8, 9, 15
THIS RIDE HAS SOLD OUT
Celebrate the return of the Easter Bunny on this 45-minute, spring-themed train ride along the Morris & Erie Railway's historic Whippanong Trail. Be sure to bring your camera to snap some shots of this scenic ride and to capture your child’s visit with the Easter Bunny and the train’s friendly crew. After the ride you can tour the museum site, which features historic railroad locomotives, model train layouts, and more. Advance tickets are available online, and any remaining are sold on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the ride. Get tickets.
Top photo: Board the Easter Bunny Express at Whippany. Photos courtesy of the Whippany Railway Museum.