Dancing bunnies, singing rabbits, a cotton-tail waving from the engine room and a Bunny Patch with over 4000 Easter eggs—it’s going to be that kind of Easter celebration for those taking a ride on the many Easter trains near and around Northwest Indiana. So go ahead and hop aboard.
Coopersville & Marne Railway: Easter Bunny Express, Coopersville, MI; (616) 997-7000; coopersvilleandmarne.org
Saturday, March 31 at 11am and 1:30pm; Boarding 20 minutes before departure
Easter Bunny is joined by Quack the Duck, Story-Telling Princess and Bo-Bo the Lamb on a 90-minute ride aboard a vintage train decorated for the holiday. Stories are told, by the princess of course, while bunny and his friends offer each child a chance to choose a toy from their baskets.
Easter Bunny Express: French Lick Scenic Railway, French Lick, IN; (812) 936-2405; indianarailwaymuseum.org
March 25 at 4pm
Board vintage railroad cars for a trip to Easter Egg Field. Here passengers disembark to hunt for more than 4000 eggs and have their photo taken with the Easter bunny. Proceeds from the Easter Bunny Express go to benefit Goody B’s Teen Center.
Easter Train: Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum, North Judson, IN; (574) 896-3950; hoosiervalley.org
March 31 at 10am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm
This hour-long excursion crosses the Kankakee River at English Lake and then returns to North Judson for a stop at a park to hunt eggs and meet the Easter bunny who will be handing out candy and a bag of toys to every child. The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum has one of the largest collections of working railroad signals so take time before or after the ride to stop by (admission is free). Visitors are invited to touch the museum’s C&O 2789 steam locomotive and take stroll through the museum’s grounds with its displays of rolling stock, engines and memorabilia of railroad history. Purchasing tickets online is recommended as trips have sold out in the past.
Cotton Tail Express: The Old Road Dinner Train Experience, Blissfield, MI; 888-GO-RAIL-1 (888-467-2451); murdermysterydinnertrain.com
Saturday, March 31 at 10am & 12:30pm; boarding is 15 minutes before departure.
Visit with bunny, color pictures and enjoy doughnuts and juice on a 90-minute ride on an antique train. Reservations are required.
Easter Bunny Train: Waterman & Western Railroad, Waterman, IL: firstname.lastname@example.org; petestrain.com
Saturday, March 31 from 12:00-5:00pm
Mr. Bunny will be on hand to say hi, pose for photos and hand out candy filled eggs on a one-mile ride through Waterman’s Lions Community park.
Whitewater Valley Railroad, Connersville, IN; (765) 825-2054; whitewatervalleyrr.org
March 31 at 10am, 12pm, 2:30pm & 4:15pm.
Grab your basket and board the Indiana’s longest scenic railroad, for their 18th annual Easter Bunny Express. Departing from Connersville Grand Central Station, enjoy the two-mile trip to the Easter Bunny Patch, meet the Easter bunny and search for his golden egg. Reservations are recommended. Train operates rain or shine. The egg hunt is open to ages 8 and under.
Bunny Trolley Hop: Illinois Railway Museum, Union, IL: (815) 923-4000 or (800) BIG-RAIL; irm.org
Saturday, March 31; 10am to 5:00pm