7 Tips for Visiting Edaville Family Theme Park – Including Thomas Land inspired by Thomas the Tank Engine.
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When my children were little, we brought them several times to Edaville Family Theme Park (formerly known as Edaville Railroad), located in Carver, Massachusetts, and always had a great time. As the children got older, I didn’t really consider taking them there again until I was recently offered tickets. Boy, am I glad that we went. We had the best day! The kids loved the park and everything it had to offer.
Ahead of time, I was a bit nervous that they might be a little too old (ages 8, 7, and 6) for the Edaville age range but I was wrong. They really have something for everyone including rides suitable for toddlers, children, and adults. My kids spent the day running enthusiastically from ride to ride.
Their favorite rides were the Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster and Cranky’s Crane Drop. They also loved Big Eli: The Ferris Wheel which is an original from 1951! Fans of Thomas the Train will especially enjoy a day at the park since they now offer Thomas Land. After my visit, I wanted to share some tips and advice for your next visit.
7 Tips for Visiting Edaville Family Theme Park – Including Thomas Land
Look for Edaville Discount Tickets
Coupons and deals are offered frequently (including Edaville Groupons and AAA discounts) as well as the theme parks’ website so be sure to do a little research before you buy. If you think you will visit the park frequently, you can also purchase an Edaville family pass – the Elite Membership. Elite Memberships include a variety of benefits including unlimited amusement park admission, the option to bring in a guest on select dates, a 10% discount off of in park upgrades and at most in park food locations, and more. There are also discounts at local businesses offered to Elite Members.
If you live in New England, there is a New England Residents Rate that is offered online only for select dates (not including Saturdays). To purchase tickets with this rate, you’ll need to select the dates and enter your New England billing address. Identification is required at the gate to use these tickets. See more information here.
Enjoy all the Parks Including Thomas Land
Your admission ticket allows you entry into all the attractions including Cran Central, Thomas Land, and Dino Land so be sure to enjoy them all! All park areas offer rides, food, and fun. Thomas Land is the largest permanent Thomas & Friends attraction in North America and boasts 11 rides based on Thomas & Friends and the Island of Sodor.
Dino Land has life sized dinosaurs and real life Paleontologists to amaze all the dino lovers in your family. We just missed the opening of Dino Land so we look forward to visiting it another time. Original rides and attractions can be found in Cran Central including the Scrambler which brought back all kinds of memories for me!
Board the Thomas the Tank Engine Train Ride Early
A fan favorite attraction at Edaville Family Theme Park is the 20 minute train ride through the scenic cranberry bogs. Trains leave on an as needed basis with times posted (and announced over the loudspeaker) daily. While we were there they left every hour on the hour. Make sure to get to the train at least 10 minutes early (even earlier on really busy days) so that your family can get seats together on the train. There is also no bathroom on the train so be sure to have children go before you board. Rides on the train are unlimited so head back later in the day for another whirl if your family loves it!
Check the Calendar
Edaville Family Theme Park offers many themed weekends (including Superhero & Princess weekend, Curious George weekend, and more) and seasonal events so be sure to check out their website. The Lights Spectacular, featuring over 18 million holiday lights and unlimited Christmas train rides, runs November through January.
Be Sure to Wear Sunblock and Hats
There isn’t a lot of shade at Edaville Family Theme Park (especially at Thomas Land) so be sure to dress appropriately and protect yourself from the sun. Bring sunscreen with you so that you can re-apply throughout the day.
Consider Purchasing an Edaville Refillable Souvenir Cup
If it’s a hot day, you’ll be thirsty! You can purchase a reusable cup for $14 with unlimited fountain soda refills for the entire season. If you plan on visiting the park more than once you could get a lot of use out of it!
Can You Bring Food Into Edaville?
If you’re looking to save money on your visit, outside food can be enjoyed at the tables near the main entrance. You can also enjoy lunch or snacks from one of their many food stands and grab and go restaurants. While we were there we couldn’t resist the soft pretzels and popcorn!
For more information on Edaville Family Theme Park and all it has to offer, check out their website at: www.edaville.com. Edaville also hosts special events throughout the year, including Not So Spooky Halloween and the Christmas Festival of Lights. Otherwise, the park is generally open in spring, summer, and fall – check their calendar online for specific opening and season closing dates.
Edaville is located in Carver, Massachusetts, which is about an hour from Boston and 20 minutes from Plymouth, MA. If you are traveling to visit Edaville, you may want to also visit Plimoth Plantation.
Most hotels in the area are around Plymouth. Many families love staying at the John Carver Inn, which is in Plymouth and has an indoor theme pool (reviews here).
Originally posted 6/2017, updated by Jodi Grundig 9/2018.