Last year we "discovered" the Trecothic Creek and Windsor Railway and fell in love. My husband loved model trains as a kid, as did my own Dad, and both of the kids are way into Thomas the Tank Engine right now so we clearly have a train crazy house. We've made it an annual tradition to pack up our adventure kit and take the trip down and did this year's visit on Father's Day.
If you haven't been, let me explain. In Windsor, Nova Scotia (about 45 minutes from HRM) there is a model train society. They are all volunteers and have tracks built in to this green space a few minutes from the Windsor Exhibition Park, and large ride-on model trains. Admission is by donation only (though I recommend you donate generously to keep them in operation!).
There are diesels and steamies and it is oh-so-awesome. They even have a water tower with coal that the steam engine will stop at periodically and fill up (I'm sure I phrased that all wrong, I should have my kids proof-read my train jargon).
When your child sees the Conductor chugging along, blowing his whistle on the engine, it's pure magic. The best part? You can all hop on with him and go for a ride around the property.
They are only open certain days of the year and may close due to rain so make sure to check out their schedule and the forecast in advance. They also have picnic tables and a port-a-potty if you decide to stay for lunch. I've heard that they offer their space for outside birthday parties too so if you have a train fanatic this could be exactly what you need!
**UPDATED WITH 2018 DATES** (call or check the website to confirm before you go in case they change) - open at 10, closing at 4 (last train running at 3:30)
June 3 & 17
July 8 & 22
August 4, 5, 19
September 2, 16, 30
Have you ever been to this sweet spot? I'd love to hear your experiences and see your pictures!