What: Thomas the Tank Engine
Where: SAM Shortline, 2459 Hwy. 280, Cordele, GA 31015 | 1-866-468-7630
When: October 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27, 2013
Cost: $15.12 – $22.68, Under 2 – free.
Tiny fans of Thomas the Tank Engine™ can ride a real train this fall when the storybook character pulls into southwest Georgia’s Veterans Park. Veterans Park is in Cordele, it’s about two hours from Atlanta.The 2013 Day Out With Thomas offers little engineers and their families an opportunity to ride a 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends™ series. Children will ride along with their favorite hero on his latest adventure as he pulls SAM Shortline Excursion Train down the track. The Day Out With Thomas is presented by HIT Entertainment.
Tickets include a 25-minute ride aboard the real Thomas the Tank Engine, and an opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway. There are also family activities such as arts and crafts, storytelling, videos, live music, face painting and more. Bring a little extra cash for the train themed gift shop.
Tips to know before you visit Thomas the Tank Engine
It took me three children to finally get to a Day Out with Thomas event. I’m not sure who was more excited about the afternoon, them or me. If you go, here are some tips:
- Best Time to Ride Thomas: Lunchtime is the best time for the train ride (12:45 and 1:30 are generally slower).
- When to see Sir Topham Hat: There are lots of other activities surrounding the train ride. Sir Topham Hat comes out often, so there is never a really big line to see him. Train tables are also a favorite. Again, lunchtime is generally a tad slower, so maybe play at the train table and see Sir Topham Hat around 10:45 when most folks are riding the train and plan to ride the train around 12:45 or 1:30 pm.
- What else Can you to do in Cordele: Georgia Veterans Park is a great attraction in itself. There are airplanes, tanks, plus a military museum. You can go fishing or rent a boat from the marina and watch the wildlife that includes native birds and alligators. If you’re making a weekend of it, close by is Jimmy Carter’s boyhood home and National Historic Site and Andersonville National Historic Site. The Rural Telephone Museum in Leslie is an interesting stop, but it’s closed on weekends.
- Where to Stay: If you stay the weekend, you can camp at Georgia Veterans Park or stay at the Resort at Lake Blackshear – but if you want to stay at the Resort at Lake Blackshear, book soon, they fill up fast.
- Where to Eat: There is food onsite including hot dogs, hamburgers and lots of the normal junk food. If you are trying to stay healthy, maybe bring a picnic. Kid friendly dining choices nearby include Cordelia’s and Cypress Grill. If you go into Cordele, try Daphne Lodge for catfish or TJ’s Italian.