Summer is almost here and it is definitely one of the most gorgeous times of the year. If you are looking for an unconventional way to experience Florida, perhaps a vintage train experience is the way to do it. This vintage train line near Orlando offers the most enchanting train rides and experiences while traversing the Florida countryside.
The Royal Palm Railway Experience in Tavares Florida offers one of a kind train rides that awaken modern day magic with all the vintage feel. Their 1940s streamliner trains are fully airconditioned unlike the days of old, but that's not what makes these trains extra special. You can take immersive themed train rides, all while enjoying the sights of the Tavares and the Eustis Florida countryside and going over the famous Dora Canal.
They offer a few different culinary experiences such as the Japanese Sumo themed ride with authentic Japanese-style bento boxes, The BBQ Culinary Tour, The Rails to Ales Beer tour, or the Royal Pizza Express trip. But they also offer a little bit of adventure too with their Air, Land, and Sea triple-threat experience as well as the Twin Lakes Adventure Limited.
The Twin Lakes Adventure ride is a popular choice - which takes you to historic downtown Eustis and the Eustis Lake Walk where you can experience some of the most stunning sunsets Florida has to offer. If you're looking for a real treat, they really put on a show with their limited time and themed rides, like their previous Wizard of Oz limited experience, the Murder on the Royal Palm murder mystery experience, or the whimsical Polar Express ride around the holidays.
If you love a good mystery and immersive experiences, you can get fancy with The Murder on the Royal Palm Experience. It starts as a lavish trip through Florida that quickly unfolds into a race to solve a murder aboard the train. On your journey, you're introduced to comedic characters all with a motive for murder. You just wanted to get home, but what you get was a homicide. It’s up to you and the not so great Detective Inspector Royellou to solve the Mystery on The Royal Palm.
Their seasonal Polar Express Experience inspires a feeling of whimsey and Christmas spirit with a recreation of the famous Polar Express Movie and is especially awesome for those who have a hard time getting in the Christmas mood. They light up the train car with holiday lights, you can wear your cozy jammies and get your golden ticket stamped just like the kids in the movie, all while being served hot cocoa and tasty treats and enjoying a musical and theatrical performance.
All rides take about an hour and a half to complete, except for the rides that let you get off and walk the lake or shop in the historic downtown of Eustis. The prices vary between experiences, depending on date, availability, and whether you go with coach or first class. The prices are as low as $19.95 for their Supper Excursion, all the way up to $88 for a first-class Polar Express ticket.