READ & RIDE Children’s Tours

Take a trolley ride with beloved characters from Children’s Literature

Take a trolley ride with beloved characters from Children’s Literature

Take a trolley ride with THE CONDUCTOR & your favorite characters from Children's Literature!

READ & RIDE is best for toddlers to young grade schoolers. Kids and parents hop aboard the Great Raleigh Trolley for a ride through Downtown with The Conductor and that day's guest of honor. Each character will visit with each kid personally on the Trolley to pose for pictures, and read a story. Surprises, refreshments, children’s music, and more await those aboard the READ & RIDE. Character's & Dates will be announced exclusively to members of our Newsletter.

Please be sure to check the character schedule before buying your ticket!

READ & RIDE begins at The Trolley Lot - 424 South McDowell Street next to Poole's Diner. Plenty of parking is available in the adjacent Wake County Parking Deck (accessed at 216 Cabarrus Street).




Sunday May 26 - SOLD OUT

JUNE: Firefighters: Get FIRED up!

Sunday June 9
Wednesday June 12
Sunday June 23
Wednesday June 26

JULY: Under the Sea with the Mermaids

Sunday July 14
Wednesday July 17
Sunday July 28
Wednesday July 31

AUGUST: The Pirate Adventure!

Sunday August 11
Wednesday August 14
Sunday August 25
Wednesday August 28

SEPTEMBER: Powerful Princesses

Sunday September 8
Wednesday September 11
Sunday September 22
Wednesday September 25


READ & RIDE runs from 9AM to 5PM. Each tour is about an hour with the following start times: 9:15AM, 10:30AM, 11:45AM, 1:30PM, 2:45PM, and 4PM. Please arrive 15-30 minutes in advance of your tour time. Tickets are $15 for kids and for parents. Infants in lap under 2 ride for free!

Characters schedule, tickets, and more will be available exclusively to members of our weekly newsletter.

10% of every ticket sold goes supporting local children’s literacy organizations in Wake County.

Act quickly, space is limited and tickets will sell out.

Your Ticket Includes:

  • A Ride on the Great Raleigh Trolley with the Conductor & a beloved character from Children's Literature

  • Themed children’s activities

  • A donation to local children’s literacy organizations including Read & Feed, WakeEd, and more!

  • Complimentary children’s snacks & juice boxes

  • A Children's Story read by The Conductor

  • Professional Photographer to capture the memories