Located just off Highway 5 at Los Feliz Boulevard and Riverside in Los Angeles, there is the cutest kiddie train you ever wanted to see. And that’s not all, there are horses and ponies for little ones to ride as well. Named Griffith Park & Southern Railroad, this old fashioned miniature train has been here since 1948. Best for children ages six and under, babies can also ride in parents’ laps.
Open: Daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekends until 5:00 p.m.
Price: $2.50 a ride
Interactivity: Travel back in time to the Old West for a 8-10 minute ride around the park, past the highway — always a plus for pointing out semi trucks — and through the Old West city. Don’t miss the Griffith Park Jail in the ditch on your right — just past the “cowboy.” Yee-haw!
Pros: Train goes around the pony pen so you can see the horses up close. Parking is very close to train, so it’s a quick in-and-out activity if you need something fast. Weekday lines are never long and train runs quick, so you don’t have to wait. Concession stand has ice cream, churros, sandwiches and chips. The pony lines make for a nice added activity if you want a little bit more. Also, railroad is historic and adorable!
Cons: Weekends are a madhouse. Lines super long. Not enough green space for toddlers to run free without worry that they could get quickly to parking lot or street. Added work for parents to keep eyes out for passing horses, people and vehicles.
- Griffith Park & Southern Railroad
- Google Map to Griffith Park & Southern Railroad
- Pony Rides (Right next-door to Railroad)