Exploring Travel Town in Burbank California

Today I want to share with you one of our favorite places to go in So Cal: Travel Town in Burbank, on the north end of Griffith Park. Not only is Travel Town free (holla), it is one of Squirt’s preferred hangouts as he is OBSESSED with all things moving vehicles. He is one of those examples of true nature vs. nurture as my husband and I are so not into cars at all and Squirt can’t get enough. So obviously a whole outdoor museum dedicated to trains is his jam.

travel town




Griffith Park is an LA staple on its own, but Travel Town really deserves its own day for exploration. It has been around for over sixty years and is a bit of a So Cal institution (I definitely went there often when I was little). Even if your little one is not obsessed with trains, all kids seem to love visiting the train yard. Travel Town is mostly outdoors, but there is quite a bit of shade and covered areas to block out the So Cal sun. These are just some of the awesome trains that are on display…

travel town

travel town

Some of the cars, like the ones below, are open for the kids to climb on and explore up close. There is also an indoor area that has some smaller vehicles on display and a little Thomas train track area for the kids to play with mini trains.

travel town

One of our favorite parts of Travel Town is the small train that runs around the outer perimeter of the outdoor park area. There is a small fee for the train, but it is cheap and it is about a ten minute ride so it is worth it.

travel town

This is the view sitting in the train…

travel town

And this is the train itself…

travel town

Squirt is not one to get super excited about rides (he is a pretty stoic kid, and one who goes to Disneyland all the time so it takes a lot for him to show real excitement), but he loves this little train ride. He has way more fun on this one than anything we have done at Disneyland so far.

Travel Town also has a bunch of shaded tables and a snack stand. I would recommend bringing snacks and/or lunch and enjoying a nice picnic outside while looking at all the awesome trains. In addition, there is a gift shop that I try to stay out of as I know I will not be able to escape without buying something. We tend to visit Travel Town during the week and the crowds are minimal; obviously it’s busier on the weekends so if you can swing a weekday, I would definitely recommend it. Whether you are a So Cal resident or a visitor, you should put Travel Town on your must do list. The kids love it and it is a great (free!) and fun day to spend exploring!

 

Thank you for sharing!Email this to someonePin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedIn