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Pumpkin Patch Express

Quick Details

Bring A Pumpkin Home

The Pumpkin Patch Express is departing the station for a trip to the Museum’s very own pumpkin patch.

Lots of activities are included with your ticket! Hay rides, arts and crafts, Lincoln log building, and games will be available. Children are invited to pick a pumpkin from the patch to take home.

Food and beverages are available for purchase onboard the train and while at the Pumpkin Patch.


Frequently Asked Questions

Before Your Visit


All children ages one and up must have a ticket for the Pumpkin Patch Express.

Children under the age of one ride ride with our compliments, no ticket is required. Children traveling without a ticket must ride on a lap. If you wish to secure a seat for a child under the age of one, simply purchase a child ticket.

Classes of Service

The Pumpkin Patch Express features four classes of service and the Party Cabooses.

First Class

A variety of First Class cars with different seating options are available.

First Class Lounge #250

        • Assigned Seating
        • Fully enclosed with heating and air conditioning
        • Comfortable Booth Seating at a Tables for 6
        • Comfortable Seats at Tables for 2
        • Restrooms available in car

First Class Table Car #1204

        • Assigned Seating
        • Fully enclosed with heating and air conditioning
        • Table Seating for 4
        • Restrooms available in car

First Class Coach #6203

        • Assigned Seating
        • Comfortable, reclining seats with foot rests
        • Plenty of legroom
        • Restrooms available in car

Excursion Plus

Excursion Plus Coach #3155

        • Assigned Seating
        • Comfortable seats
        • Fully enclosed with heating and air conditioning
        • Restrooms available in car


Excursion Coach #821

        • Assigned Seating
        • Open-window coach
        • Comfortable, upholstered seats with foot rests
        • Restrooms available in car


Open-air Coach Car #6324

        • General Admission. Seating first come, first served at boarding
        • Restrooms available in car

Open-air Flat Car #86902

        • General Admission. Seating first come, first served at boarding

Party Caboose

Charter your own private caboose to the Pumpkin Patch for up to 16 guests.

        • Bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages
        • Each caboose has tables and plenty of seating options
        • Restroom available in caboose
        • Windows, end doors and fans for ventilation
        • Museum host provided for safety and to assist with boarding and detraining

Seat Assignments

Guests booking in First and Excursion Classes will be assigned seats automatically by the Museum prior to departure. All tickets booked together will be seated together. If you are traveling with friends and family, be sure to reserve all your tickets in the same booking. We are unable to guarantee separate bookings will be seated together.

Buying Tickets

The Museum’s website is the fastest and easiest way to make your booking on the Pumpkin Patch Express. Reservations may also be made over the phone and in person at the Parrish Ticket Office.

Wheelchair space is available in very limited quantities and may be booked online as a Wheelchair Space ticket.

The Ticket Office telephone number is 941-776-0906.

Wait Lists

The Museum does not offer wait lists.

Ticket Exchanges

The Museum is happy to exchange tickets with 48 hours notice to another date and time at no charge. Ticket exchanges are subject to inventory availability. The full value of the tickets may also be placed into a gift card for use on future rides sold by the Florida Railroad Museum.

Within 48 hours of departure time, tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded.

Ticket Refunds

Tickets and service fees are non-refundable.

At the Station

Arrive Early

Plan to arrive at the station 45 minutes before departure. This will allow time for unexpected traffic, parking, ticket pick up and boarding. The train will depart on-time and cannot be held for late arriving guests.


Parking is free. Please do not leave valuables in your vehicle. The Museum is not responsible for theft, damage, or loss from any parked vehicle.


Boarding for the Pumpkin Patch Express begins 30 minutes before departure time.

Coach Class seating is first come, first served within your assigned car. First and Excursion Class guests have reserved seat assignments.

Accessibility and Wheelchairs

Accessible parking and restrooms are available at the station.

The boarding ramp to Car 86902 is adjacent to accessible parking.

The entire station area is a fairly level grass field. Please use extra caution with wheelchair and mobility impaired guests in your party.

We regret the Ticket Office and Gift Shop is not accessible at this time.


There are accessible restrooms available at the Parrish station.

Onboard the Train


Your safety is our first and foremost responsibility. Please take a few moments to pay special attention to the safety announcements at the beginning of your journey.

Keep the following in mind while riding our trains:

      • Use both hands and provided hand holds when boarding, walking between cars and leaving the train.
      • Accompany children at all times.
      • Wear shoes at all times.
      • No running on the train.
      • Keep all parts of your body inside open windows and do not extend hands, arms, feet, legs or heads over the edge of open-air cars.
      • Do not stand on seats or sit on ledges.

Dress Appropriately

In addition to the Pumpkin Patch being outdoors, the open-air coaches are not climate controlled. Coach Class is directly exposed to weather and wind from the train’s movement. The windows in Excursion Class will be adjusted according to the weather. First Class and Excursion Plus are fully enclosed with heating and air conditioning.

Food and Drink

With the exception of baby, special dietary and allergy requirements, outside food, beverages and coolers are not permitted onboard the train.

Light snacks and cold soda, juices and water are available in the gift shop and onboard the train. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted at all locations.

Strollers, Bags and Coolers

Due to limited space, strollers and coolers are not permitted on the train. Small soft-sided coolers are permitted in conjunction with the food exceptions listed above.

If you need to bring a bag, please pack a reasonable size that will comfortably fit on your lap. The train will be full and not all cars have sufficient overhead or underseat storage. The Museum reserves the right to deny boarding of oversized items.


Restrooms are available in First Class, Excursion Classes and Coach #6234. We apologize that onboard restrooms are not wheelchair accessible. The trip to and from the Pumpkin Patch lasts 30 minutes.


Smoking, vaping and e-cigarettes are prohibited onboard the train including the restrooms and vestibules.

At the Pumpkin Patch


Car 86902 will unload and load via ramp at the Pumpkin Patch. Accessible restrooms are available. Please note, the Pumpkin Patch is located on a large grassy field.

Personal Belongings

While stopped at the Pumpkin Patch, guests may store their belongings onboard the train. Please do not leave valuables. The Museum is not responsible for theft, loss or damage to items onboard the train.


Restroom facilities are available at the Pumpkin Patch.

Food and Drink

A food vendor will be on site at the Pumpkin Patch selling hot dogs, hamburgers, snacks and beverages. Cash, credit and debit cards are accepted for all purchases at the Pumpkin Patch.


All activities, including a visit to our pumpkin patch, is included with your ticket. There is a limit of one pumpkin per child to ensure our patch has enough for everyone.