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Northlandz, Flemington
(3.2/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
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  • Totally worth the long drive we took to get here. So many trains and layouts that it is actually a bit overwhelming. My son was glued to every viewing spot looking for just one more train - meanwhile ...  more »
  • We were in New Jersey to go to Six Flags Great Adventure but took a day to rest and we happened to find Northlandz. So grateful that we found it and went! This was years ago and we still talk about it...  more »
  • Totally loved the lil themes going and the quirky jokes. what was sad was the fact it was a little rundown and as you had to exit through the gift shop....it would have been better if the shelves were...  more »
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  • Great for kids to witness such a great train exhibit. The people who run the place are extremely welcoming and I suggest everyone to go and visit. Will be back again.
  • Must visit for a train fan. Toy trains everywhere! My boys love this place and I love taking them there.
  • IT WAS MY FRIST TIME AT NORTHLANDZ.I WOULD COME BACK AGAIN TO SEE THINGS THAT I MIGHT HAVE MISS ON MY FRIST VISIT.SOME OF THE VIEWS WERE BREATH TAKING WHEN I WAS AT THE TOP LOOKING DOWN.I WAS VERY IMPRESS WITH ALL THE FINE DETAILING OF THE CANYONS,BRIDGES,TRAIN TUNNELS,TOWNS,CITIES AND LANDSCAPE. I SPENT ALMOST THREE HOURS JUST LOOKING AT EVERYTHING.WELL WORTH THE TIME. I SAW VIDEOS ON UTUBE BUT TO SEE IN PERSON WAS A TREAT.WHEN I CAME THERE I SAW BRUCE ZACCAGNINO WEARING HIS HAT THAT I SAW ON THE VIDEOS.I INDRODUCE MYSELF I SHAKE HIS HAND.AFTER I WENT THUR THE TOUR I STOP AT THE GIFT SHOP AND BOUGHT A FEW THINGS,THAT IS WERE I MEET BRUCE'S WIFE. SO IF ANYBODY WANTS TO SEE A WORLD'S LARGEST MINIATURE MODEL TRAIN DISPLAY.GO THERE YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK BRUCE. GLENN SCHADLER BETHLEHEM PA.
  • If you like model trains this is a must see. The whole building is a model train setup. 99% of the trains are H.O. scale.
  • (Note: my review is from my memory of visiting with my kids about 15 years ago) I'm a model train enthusiast looking for cool stuff to show my kids. The ticket prices back then were about $17 -- a bit steep I thought, with not much reduction for kids' prices. Upon first entering, it's a model train buff's wonderland -- a well designed train exhibit with beautiful scenery, track routes, with a recurring motif of trains flanked by a usually steep mountainside and a river. My kids and I perhaps spent 15 to 20 minutes on the first few exhibits, marveling at trains emerging from tunnels, crossing bridges, crossing gates going down, lit up tiny houses, rocks and shrubberies and track yards -- the whole kit and kaboodle. It is a spectacle to behold, picture-worthy, fun, as if we wanted to 'drink in' the beauty visually. But then you keep walking. And walking. And walking. And what had seemed so exciting at first gets old fast, with the same train-winding-around-the-hillside motif, same steep hillsides. There are a few exceptions: I remember one joke-oriented exhibit with a tiny house built atop a vertical rock-pylon, leaving us to wonder how the tiny imaginary inhabitant ever got into her house by climbing the cliffside; I remember a cityscape with a different gauge railroad. Yet the walkway keeps winding around the vast exhibit as a way of 'recycling' previous exhibits, so that you're looking at essentially the same train layout but from a different angle, which isn't too bad. I remember doll exhibits, a large organ stage-area (how was this relevant to trains?) and different gauge trains later on. There were a few spectacular train bridges built which showed real craftsmanship, with trains going overhead. My kids, maybe ages 7 and 4, got bored quickly, and we found ourselves almost running through the rest of the display because there was not much new to see. The exhibit morphed into an exercise track. There were a few doors so tired visitors could exit the long (1-2 mile?) walkway but then I wasn't sure if there was something better up ahead, so we kept walking. Was there something better up ahead? No. So it turned into a workout-hike. It left me with the impression that the creator was a definite train buff but that he got carried away, repeating the same motifs, not creatively thinking up new exhibits or working to solve the problem of how to keep visitors interested. Why not have more interactive exhibits? How about a camera on top of a train? How about letting kids control the engines or raise/lower crossing gates? With computer technology and robotics, amazing types of exhibits are possible, but I felt Northlandz was rooted more in the 1950s or earlier. I can see how trying to keep the exhibits from getting dusty would have been a problem, so my guess is that other reviewers' comments about dust and dirt may be accurate. How can a maintenance person vacuum up the displays without sucking up toy houses or shrubs or cabooses? If the price had been less -- maybe $8 or $10 -- I would have thought it was a bargain -- but $17? Good news -- they've lowered prices (as of July 2016) to $14 for adults and $10 for kids -- but I would recommend an even lower price, or have a special rate for families, so that a parent with kids in tow could afford it better. Overall, good but not great. Three stars.