Ride the tiny rails in Tilden - 510 Families

Ride the tiny rails in Tilden

The miniature trains operated by Golden Gate Live Steamers in Tilden Park are worth a visit. If you follow the path of the Tilden Park Steam Trains down the hill past the engine, you will be rewarded with a treasure trove of goodies for the miniature train enthusiast (and by that I mean either “lover of small trains” or “small train lover”).

Each Sunday between Memorial Day and the end of September, the Golden Gate Live Steamers open their tracks to the public for rides. It’s super fun. Fees are by suggested donation.

Golden Gate Miniature trains you can ride in Tilden Park
Golden Gate Miniature trains you can ride in Tilden Park | Photo: 510families


Immediately after this photo was taken, my barely 3YO was moved behind me to rebalance the load, so I was a little nervous the whole time. Babies in arms are not allowed. Otherwise, super fun!

There is an adjacent souvenir stand with train tchotchkes and the story of the miniature railroad.


Golden Gate Live Steamers mini train ride hours in Tilden Park
Golden Gate Live Steamers mini train ride standard hours in Tilden Park just along the path past the engine of the Tilden Steam Trains

Get the {510} Families weekend planner in your inbox. It's free!

* indicates required

2 thoughts on “Ride the tiny rails in Tilden”

  1. Hello there,

    Might the mini train be operating on Sunday December the 29th?

    Thank you in advance for the info,


    1. Hi Linda,
      The Golden Gate Live Steamers run every Sunday from Noon to 3:00 pm, depending on the staffing & weather. You can call ahead to be sure they will be running. (510) 486-0623

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

We've got your instructions for family fun right here!
Even as we are social-distancing, we're sending out kid-friendly activities to East Bay parents every Friday.
Stay Updated
You can unsubscribe anytime.
Scroll to Top