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   In the beautiful countryside of Lancaster County you can stay at the Red Caboose Motel right in the middle of Strasburg, Pennsylvania train country.  A couple of summers ago, we met my sister and kids at The Red Caboose and had a memorable time.  We actually stayed in a caboose one night and then the farm-house, which is on the same property another night.  It was a fun low-key weekend and the kids had a blast watching an outdoor evening movie, chasing fireflies, feeding the animals, playing on the open fields and play equipment and watching the Strasburg Train pass by.

If you are wondering what is there to do outside this unique establishment, you will find yourself right in the heart of Amish Country and can take a buggy ride right from the Red Caboose or you can go on Amish tour by  The Amish Village.  The tour is about a half hour and the kids will learn all about the Amish life style and their history and culture.

Of course since we were staying in a train we had to take a 45 minute train ride from the Strasburg Railroad and we also checked out the model train shop which was at the station.  For all those with little children who love Thomas the Tank Engine, be sure to check out the Strasburg Railroad website for dates because Day Out With Thomas occurs three times a year!  Attending the event three times when my son was little, this really is a must do at least once!

If the kids are itching to hit an amusement park and you don’t want to head out to Hershey, a closer bet is Dutch Wonderland.  There is enough rides to keep the kids happy and there is a water attraction called Duke’s Lagoon.

This was such awesome experience.  It was affordable and simple.  I mean simple in a good way too…open land, chasing fireflies and watching the train go by.

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