Day Out with Thomas

Florida Railroad Museum

Parrish, Florida

What is Day Out With Thomas™?

Day Out With Thomas™ is a family event that offers aspiring engineers and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank Engine™, at regional heritage railroads across the country.

Who is Thomas the Tank Engine?

Since Thomas the Tank Engine left the depot more than 70 years ago, this Really Useful Engine and his Island of Sodor friends have chugged their way into the hearts of preschoolers and grownups worldwide. Based on The Railway Series of classic stories authored by a father who loved trains and wanted a shared experience with his son, Thomas & Friends™ is a rite of passage that inspires the imagination while teaching life lessons of friendship, exploration and cooperation.

What are the appropriate ages for Day Out With Thomas?

Day Out With Thomas is a family event that welcomes passengers of all ages.

Will Thomas the Tank Engine be there?

Thomas the Tank Engine has traveled all the way from the Island of Sodor and has arrived Right on Time to take a ride with you and your family.

Will Sir Topham Hatt be there?

Yes, Sir Topham Hatt will take time away from his busy schedule as Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor to meet and take pictures with guests.

Where is the event?

The event takes places at the Florida Railroad Museum, located at 12210 83rd St E. Parrish, FL 34219. We are conveniently located 25 miles north of Sarasota and 35 miles south of Tampa.

When is the event?

The event takes place on 03-11-16, 03-12-16, 03-13-16, 03-18-16, 03-19-16, & 03-20-16.

When do tickets go on sale?

Tickets go on sale in November. Tickets are on sale now!

How much are tickets?

The ticket prices range from $19.00 to $23.00 depending on the date and time.

How do I purchase tickets?

You will want to purchase tickets here or by calling 866-468-7630.

Who needs tickets?

Tickets are required for guests ages two and up.

What is included in the ticket price?

A ticket for Day Out With Thomas includes the train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, as well as a variety of Thomas & Friends themed entertainment, including Storytelling and Video Viewing, Temporary Tattoos of Island of Sodor friends, and an Imagination Station with Arts & Crafts and more. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor.

How will I receive my tickets?

If purchased three weeks or more in advance of the event, guests will receive their tickets in the mail. Guests that purchase tickets closer to the event date can pick up their tickets at Will Call the day of the event.

Are there any refunds?

There will be no refunds or exchanges.

Do you recommend purchasing tickets in advance?

Due to the popularity of Day Out With Thomas, advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. It is not uncommon for events to sell out. When purchasing tickets you will be asked to select a specific date and time for your ride with Thomas. Your ticket is valid only for that date and time.

How do I get there?

You can find directions here.

Is there parking available on site?

Free parking is available at the venue.

Is there an additional cost for parking?

No additional costs for parking.

What times do trains depart?

Trains depart at 9:00 AM, 9:45 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:15 AM, 12:00 PM, 12:45 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:15 PM, 3:00 PM, & 3:45 PM.

When should we arrive for our train ride with Thomas?

It is recommended that guests arrive at the event at least one hour before their scheduled departure. Feel free to come as early as you’d like to enjoy all of the other activities before your train ride!

Is there assigned seating on the train?

Tickets are assigned by time. Guests must be together during boarding if they wish to sit together on the train.

How long is the train ride?

The train ride is 25 minutes long.

Are you limited to just one train ride?

There is one train ride per ticket.

What if there is inclement weather?

Day Out With Thomas events take place rain or shine.

Are cameras allowed?

Absolutely! Guests are encouraged to capture their Day Out With Thomas memories for their photo albums and to share online. Don’t forget to tag your photos with the hashtag #DayOutWithThomas!

Will there be food available?

There will be a variety of food vendors on site.

Are strollers permitted?

Day Out With Thomas is a family event that welcomes guests of all ages. There is even a designated area for "stroller parking" during the train ride.

Is the event handicap accessible?

Yes. We do ask that passengers in wheelchairs arrive early as there is limited wheelchair access on the train.

Are pets allowed?

No pets are allowed at Day Out With Thomas.

Is there available lodging in the area?

There are many hotels nearby in beautiful Ellenton, Florida. The Hampton Inn is the museum's preferred hotel.

How do I find out about other events?

You can find the complete Day Out With Thomas 2016 schedule by visiting For information on other Thomas & Friends experiences, please visit and click on “Events.”