READ & RIDE Children’s Tours

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Take a trolley ride with The Conductor & your favorite Children’s Characters!

Kids and parents hop aboard the Great Raleigh Trolley for a ride through Downtown with The Conductor and the day's GUEST OF HONOR. Characters will visit with each kid personally to pose for pictures, and read a few stories on the Trolley.

A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER will be on hand to help you capture the moment, and then you can download your digital pictures for free. Surprises, crafts & activities, refreshments, children’s music, and more await those on the READ & RIDE CHILDREN’S TOURS. Plan to arrive a little early, or stay a little late, to take advantage of our FACE-PAINTING from Free Spirited Artistry.

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

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

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

READ & RIDE CHILDREN’S TOURS are best for toddlers to young grade schoolers. Children under 2 years old ride FREE with Parent’s admission.

Tours begin 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). Please arrive 15-30 minutes in advance of your tour time.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • A 30-minute Trolley ride & story-time with The Conductor & the GUEST OF HONOR.

  • Themed crafts & activities at The Trolley Lot.

  • Complimentary children’s snacks & juice boxes.

  • Face Painting & Fairy Hair Booths.

  • Professional Photographer with free digital downloads.

  • A Trolley load of smiles.


SCHEDULE

BEFORE BUYING TICKETS TO READ & RIDE CHILDREN’S TOURS,
PLEASE CHECK THE SCHEDULE OF CHARACTERS BELOW.

SEPTEMBER: Powerful Princesses

OCTOBER: Pumpkin Patch

THE HALLOWEEN CHILDREN’S READ & RIDE - Kids and parents hop aboard the Great Raleigh Trolley for their chance to enjoy a ride through Downtown and story time with our lovable spooks plus a visit to the PUMPKIN PATCH. Characters will visit with each kid personally to pose for pictures, and read a few stories on the Trolley. A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER will be on hand to help you capture the moment, and then you can download your digital pictures for free. Your ticket includes a cannonball pumpkin for your child to decorate and take home. Surprises, crafts & activities, refreshments, children’s music, and more!

NOVEMBER: Thanksgiving Turkey Trolley

DECEMBER: Santa Express

Tickets for Santa Express will go on sale later this Fall