Mt Rainier Scenic Railroad – Discount Tickets – $12/Ticket!

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The Mt Rainier Scenic Railroad in Elbe, WA, is back on Groupon right now & they are offering one ticket for a regular steam engine excursion for just $12 (regularly $24/each for adult tickets & $19 for kids ages 4 – 12).  Kids under the age of 4 are free, so you don’t need to buy tickets for them.  The ticket voucher expires on October 12, 2012 for the full price.  The rides are on Thursdays – Sundays.

My older daughter & niece in front of the train (too bad they both have their eyes closed)

It does say limit 1, but you can buy multiples as gifts. So, you can buy tickets for everyone in your family, but you need to book each reservation separately. { I found this under the “Ask a Question” section where someone had asked this question specifically.} I also noticed under the fine print that there is an additional $2 booking fee for each groupon, so add $2 to the price – so it would be $14 for each ticket.

View of Mt Rainier & the river on our train ride

We took my brother, SIL, niece & mom on the Mt Rainier Scenic Railroad last summer using a previous Groupon ride & we all had a great time! It was a great way for them to see some beautiful views of Mt Rainier as well as for the kids to enjoy the old steam locomotive train ride. We also made a short little stop at a lake for about 30 minutes & walked around for a bit & then got back on the train for the ride back. I think the whole trip was around 1 1/2 – 2 hours. Honestly, I wouldn’t pay the full price to go (although if I had a child who was fascinated by trains, I probably would), but for this discounted price, it was a great deal for us & something fun to take our out-of-town guests to show them the area & Mt Rainier.

*Update from FB Fan Peggy who just went yesterday: The ride up there took about 50 minutes, we were at the lake for about 20 minutes, and then the ride back was like 35 minutes. Right around 2 hours round trip with the stop. Going up took much longer since it was uphill in parts, and he slowed big time over the nisqually. oh yeah he slowed over a little body of water that had a huge beaver dam too. That was pretty exciting :)

View of the eating area (if you choose to upgrade to the BBQ) & the start of our little hike during our train stop

Here’s how the deal works:

Fine Print:
  • Expires Oct 21, 2012
  • Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts.
  •  Online reservation required. Credit card required upon checkout.
  • Upgrades available only towards adult price ticket; subject to availability.
  • Children 3 and under are free.
  • Not valid for the 12:45 PM Saturday/Sunday train.
  • Additional $2 booking fee required for each Groupon upon checkout. 
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit.

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