Frederick, Maryland: Roads and Rails Museum

Model train layouts can be dull, but this one features fictional locales from TV shows and a UFO landing site with crop circles. Another plus: it's big.
200 N. East St., Frederick, MD
Downtown. On the corner of N. East St. and E. 2nd St.
M, Th, F 10-5, Sa 10-5, Su 12-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults- $10; Kids-(3-11) $5 (Includes Tax). Kids under age 3 admitted free.
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Miniature railroad layout.

Roads and Rails Museum

A family operates an enormous model train layout, said to be one of the largest in the country. It opened in the summer of 2011. Several trains run throughout. The variety of scenery includes several areas (not based on any real places) with towns, farms, diners, a circus, a volcano, and even a UFO landing site with crop circles. Along the path around the layout there are some buttons to push that make things light up or move.

It is a new facility which is wheelchair accessible, so I was able to bring my elderly mother to see it. It made a nice outing for Mother's Day.

[Julie Mangin, 05/21/2012]

Our moms like crop circles, too.

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