Travel Tip: Visit McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

Our recent trip to Phoenix, Arizona centered around Cubs baseball. We arrived at the ballpark early and checked out batting practice, bought some new Cubs gear at the team store, and soaked up the sun during the afternoon game. However, before leaving the next day, we took the time to stop by Scottsdale’s McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.

My travel tip of the week: families shouldn’t miss the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park | Image by Sarah Vernetti

The kiddie train might be the park’s most popular attraction. The small but historically accurate train carries passengers along a one-mile route. Kids will also love the park’s historic carousel.

McCormick-Stillman is home to two playgrounds, one of which has shade covers. Swings, slides, and climbing structures abound, and they appear to be well-maintained.

In addition to the kiddie train and the model railroads, McCormick-Stillman also features a few real train engines and pullman cars, including the Magma Arizona Railroad Engine that greets visitors as they enter the park.

If you like to seek out those souvenir pressed penny machines, stop by the small general store near the carousel. Don’t forget to bring your shiny penny and two quarters.

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park provides families with an inexpensive outing, since admission is free and ride tickets are reasonably priced. So throw on your conductor’s cap (and plenty of sunscreen), and visit the park the next time you’re in Phoenix.

For more information: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

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