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“Scenic Train Ride”

Saratoga and North Creek Railway
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Saratoga & North Creek Railway offers passenger service between Saratoga Springs and North Creek, NY. With sightseeing excursions, special events and on-board dining, there is always something unique happening. In the summer, the passenger service offers excursions around the Adirondacks. During the winter months, the passenger service offers the Gore Mountain Snow Train with transportation to Gore Mountain Ski Resort as well as a host of activities for the non-skier to relieve cabin fever in the cold weather.Around the holidays, the railroad operates The Polar Express from Saratoga Springs - a magical round-trip journey to the North Pole. Cookies, cocoa and caroling elves delight young and old as the classic story comes to life.
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Scenic Train Ride”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

We had purchased premium round trip tickets ($55 each) from Saratoga Springs to North Creek, riding in the dome car to provide the best view. Upon boarding the train, we noticed the windows were filthy. Not just dirty, they were coated in grime. This was very disappointing as we had both a camera and a video camera with us. Our pictures did not turn out good at all. And its a shame, because it was a beautiful fall day. We had a layover in North Creek for about 3 hours. Because it was a Tuesday and "off season", there were several businesses that were closed. North Creek is not that big and we really didn't have enough to occupy our time for 3 hours. Overall, this was a one-time event for us. Would not recommend this attraction. Just was not worth the price for a scenic train ride with filthy windows.

Visited October 2013
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Wilmington, DE
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34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A little treasure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

This is a train travel throwback. A 50's era "domed" car can carry you on the trip. A great "Leaf Peepin'" experience. You can have your meal(s) on the train. Those around us had their choice of vegan or omnivore...both were well regarded. The broccoli and cheese soup looked and smelled great. This is a great distraction and a chance to get "way up country". In season, you could combine this with a gondola ride to Gore Mountain (usually to mid Oct) to max out your outdoor exposure. Lots of photo ops. don't forget to check out Hudson River Trading Co while you're there.

Visited October 2013
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Rensselaer NY
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67 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Unique, fun, relaxing ride”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

My husband and I went on the train from Saratoga to North Creek in October. We purchased tickets for the dome car. Before even boarding the train the staff was kind and friendly and offered to take our picture for us in front of the train.
The dome car we sat in was originally put in service in 1952. It was elegant and comfortable. The dome car is all table seating with wait service. The prices for food were reasonable. We had breakfast on the train on the way up. The windows, of course, are huge so the view was great. The train has clean bathrooms on board. The staff gives you a warning when coming up to the most picturesque places so you can have your camera ready, but the train is slow moving anyway.
We arrived in North Creek about 2 hours later and there are some cute shops to walk around and some nice little restaurants. This is a true Adirondack mountain town- small and quaint. The best bar in the area is the one inside the Copperfield inn (large white building across the street), Trappers Tavern. Check that one out for a drink in a nice Adirondack themed atmosphere. There seemed to be bus tours put on by the railway but as I am familiar with the area we did not ride. There is a small railway museum but that was closed on the day we went up. The railway is on the Hudson river and there is a covered pavilion with picnic tables a short distance away if you wanted to bring a picnic lunch.
On the ride home we had dessert and drinks on the train- again, very good and reasonably priced. Overall we had a great time. I would absolutely do this trip again. We are thinking of going this winter for the "ski train" to Gore mountain.
If you wanted to go the cheaper route, the regular cars didn't look too bad and also had large windows. The regular cars had very few passengers and you can still eat on the train as there is a small dinning car for people in the regular cars. If you enjoy trains you will enjoy this scenic ride!

Visited October 2013
1 Thank KristaJ
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Wantagh, New York
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6 reviews
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“The Leviathan Train”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2013

This was a replica of an original steam engine train and it left from Corinth, NY for a ride to North Creek, NY. A very scenic ride but very slow on the way north. It took about 5 hours for the 41 miles since there is only one track and we had to let another train pass before we could continue.

Visited September 2013
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Schenectady, NY
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255 reviews
111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“fun day”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

Bought the groupon for the dome car trip. Was a nice experience. As a couple, we knew we would be seated with another couple, so we crossed fingers that they would be nice people. They were, so it was a good experience. Can see how it might be less so if you are stuck with people you can't stand. We ate breakfast on the way up (nothing amazing, but perfectly fine. Potatoes a little greasy.) and had drinks on the way back. The day we went involved a 3 hour visit in North Creek before the return train, which is a little long if you aren't going to go over to Gore Mountain and take the gondola (we weren't because we've done that before). 2 hours would have been perfect. We could have made due with an hour if needed. Nice relaxing way to spend a day. Would recommend.

Visited August 2013
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