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Tilden Park Steam Trains are a Cheap Thrill

The Steam Trains at Tilden Park in Berkeley are open weekends on a seasonal schedule, plus select holidays.

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Tilden Park Steam Trains
Tilden Park Steam Trains | Photo: Kat Choi

All about the Berkeley Steam Trains in Tilden Park

The steam trains in Tilden Park are one of the East Bay’s best-kept secrets. I say that — not because nobody knows about them — only because you really have to know how to drive through the hills to find them. The railroad is located at the south end of Tilden Park, at the intersection of Grizzly Peak Blvd and Lomas Cantadas Rd (That’s the Ashby end NOT the Marin end of the hills for all you directionally challenged folks like me).

child on train ride
Riding the steam train through the Redwood at the Tilden Regional Park | Photo: Kat Choi

Plan your visit to the Tilden Steam Trains

The steam train is an authentic miniature live steam railroad featuring a collection of live steam locomotives.

Year-round schedule: Open weekends 11 am to 5 pm.
Fall Schedule: Open Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 6 pm.

Bring a few dollars to purchase tickets in advance and enjoy the ride. That’s all you need to know.

$4 per ride or $16 for 5 rides. FREE for under 2 years. Buying 5 tickets is recommended to save time in line.

Tilden Park Steam Trains


Tips for visiting the steam trains with little kids

  • Bring layers. It can get chilly in the woods. It is often foggy here and little ones can get cold while on the train.
  • Avoid busy times, usually between noon-4 pm, especially on sunny days. When not busy, you can ride the train without getting off, again and again.
  • The parking lot by the trains gets full quickly. You can find additional parking along the path past the entrance. It is a bit of a walk but there are plenty of spaces available.
  • There are few wooden tables available right off the parking lot, which are terrific for snacks or small parties.
  • There’s a decent restroom in the parking lot. Since the train rides go in waves, the line for the bathroom can get long, too.
  • A miniature museum displaying three train engines is situated by the entrance. You can read about the historical facts about the engines here. (It isn’t very exciting for kids)
  • Kids get a real thrill out of going through the tunnel, twice!

Tilden Park Steam Trains

Wondering if the train will be open due to weather? Do you want to get up-to-date information about the steam train? Call (510) 548-6100 or find out on Facebook.

More to do in Tilden Park with Kids

Tilden Park has many affordable — and free! — attractions for families. The merry-go-round (pretty cheap), Little Farm (free!), Regional Parks Botanic Garden (free!), and creek stomping in Wildcat Creek (free)! On certain special Sundays, the tiny railroad runs as well.

[Photos by Kat Choi and Heather Flett for 510families; all rights reserved]

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