Our 2 and 4 year old love Thomas the Train. Really, who DOESN’T love that cheeky little engine? We weren’t sure how long it would be before they grew out of their Thomas obsession and moved on to something else. We made a point this summer of squeezing this trip to Edaville Thomas Land Amusement Park near Boston into a long weekend.
This was a great daytrip from Boston with kids. Boy, did we have a blast!
The Edaville Family Theme Park with Edaville Thomas Land is located approximately one hour outside of Boston in nearby Carver, MA. You will need to rent a car. We looked and couldn’t find any public transportation options to get here.
The park is unique in that its rides and attractions cater to toddlers. Our 4 year old could go on most of the rides. This made for less saying “no, you aren’t big enough”. Many of the rides were set up so that a parent could go with making them accessible even for our 2 year old!
The highlight of Edaville for us was visiting Thomasland. This is a portion of the park dedicated to rides and attractions from the popular, long running “Thomas the Tank Engine” kids show.
Edaville has recreated the Island of Sodor in Massachusetts! Edaville Thomas Land features little mini version of many Sodor favorites (the photos that we took in front of some of the shops with the townspeople of Sodor turned out especially cute!)
At special times throughout the day you and the kiddos can catch a ride around Edaville Thomas Land on a train pulled by Thomas! Our kids loved this and it was a cherished memory from our trip. This is also a great photo opp – get there early or stay late for pictures at the front, outside of the fence near Thomas.
And what version of Sodor would be complete without Tidmouth Sheds? Edaville has its own life sized Tidmouth Sheds with familiar characters like James, Emily, Gordon and Percy.
The characters come to life during an interactive show that happens throughout the day. The show includes a special visit from Sir Topham Hat.
A TIP – have someone get there early and save a seat under the umbrellas if you can, or plan to have lunch there. The show gets a little long if you are sitting under the hot sun!
While we went to visit Thomasland, Edaville had many other parts to it that our kids really loved. Our kiddos enjoyed the dinosaur forest. There we could walk amongst life sized, moving dinosaurs!
For those with smaller toddlers and babies, there is a building called “Cran Central Junction – Elli’s Playhouse”. This is a perfect place for the tiny ones! They have “tiny” sized versions of some of the bigger rides (including an adorable, baby sized carousel). This area is indoors, making it a nice place to take a break in the afternoon if it is hot outside.
Looking for a place to stay when visiting Edaville Thomas Land? We enjoyed our stay at the Holiday Inn Express Middleboro. It was close to Edaville Thomas Land USA and provided a clean, modern place to stay with a great breakfast!
A visit to Edaville Thomas Land is a great day trip if you are visiting Boston with kids.
If you have little ones who love Thomas, a visit to Edaville Thomas Land will not disappoint.