McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, Scottsdale

Theme Park · Hidden Gem · Water / Amusement Park
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park brings American train history to life. The oldest exhibit in the attraction is the Paradise & Pacific Railroad, a miniature train and railroad you can ride that operates along a 1,158 m (3,800 ft) track. The route features a tunnel, turntable, and trestles. See railroad artifacts, an antique locomotive, and a train car. Admire the three Navajo hogans, or traditional houses, that pay tribute to the land's history. If you're traveling with children, they'll enjoy the themed playground and 1950 carousel. Add McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park to your Scottsdale travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Scottsdale trip site.
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  • We visited this while on vacation in Scottsdale. Our little one LOVES trains so we thought we'd check out this place. Sadly, COVID had restricted a lot of their activities we were excited to be able.....  more »
  • My kids loved this place. My husband and I enjoyed it too. Definitely the largest indoor train I have ever seen- so much detail and so many neat things to see on a miniature scale. There was...  more »
  • My wife and I visited the Phoenix area for the first time on this last trip. We stayed a couple of nights in Tempe but made sure to visit Scottsdale and the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. And we...  more »
  • This park is a family favorite. We come to this park year round and always have to get a train and carousel ride in with every visit. The covered play are for the kids is pretty big and well kept as well as the wild wild west play area. The miniature trains are always fun to watch and a big hit with the kids because they can touch the glass and make the trains move. We've done pictures with Santa twice at the park and we're very happy with the memories made. We even had one of boys' birthday party in the park and the staff was great and everyone had a pretty good time. It can get crowded during the Christmas season but all the lights set up it's truly worth it. Pro tip: If you don't like crowds, swing by the week after Christmas. Food is available, affordable and good in general. Staff is generally friendly and kind. Would recommend for families.
  • A very nice park to visit. I would say it's more for Children 7 and younger. We rode the 'train' which the children enjoyed. The play area had great coverage. We enjoyed our stop at the ice cream shop as well. Not necessarily a place you would have to visit on vacation.
  • Great place for a train enthusiast or to keep the kids entertained with train ride and museum. 9 am is perfect in the summer when you can only stay out a couple hours. Not very busy at all and the museum gives you time to cool off while you prep for the next train ride. Reasonably priced so that you can take multiple rides. Also a carousel for a change of pace. Very clean with a snack/ice cream shop with souvenirs. It's also a great place to visit during xmas.
  • First time visit was to free Eagles Cover Band concert on Sunday evening. It was a gorgeous night outside, beautiful full moon and great music. LOTS of space for people to spread out on blankets and in lawn chairs comfortably to visit and listen. Made a perfect end to Father's Day weekend. I don't know if it was thanks to the full moon or not but it was well-light, enough to feel safe but not intrusive. Fun train ride took people around the park during the concert but its sound hardly interfered with music. Was fun to sit and wave at the kiddies as they went by. There is a concession stand of some sort that looked busy but we did not visit it. You are allowed to bring in your own food and drinks which is nice. Only drawback is the overwhelming lack of parking nearby. A half mile walk each way is a bit much for children and seniors. I'd really like to see them arrange some sort of park and trolley ride arrangement. But over all it is a very nice park, one that we'll return to for concerts and to check out the museum in the fall when it reopens.
  • We truly enjoy going to this park. My grandson loves trains so we have gone many times. There are a lot of different things to do here - ride the train, the model train museum, the carousel, playgrounds, picnic facilities, and ice cream shop. All are in excellent condition. They also have fun special events throughout the year.

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