If you have a little boy in your house that loves trains, you are in for a treat. I took my train obsessed four-year old boys to the Friar Mount Train Museum located at Demarest Road in Sparta, New Jersey. The owner is wonderful man who has loved trains his whole life. He built the museum and added a great deal of historical memorabilia from George Washington and General Lafayette. However, the crown jewel of the museum is the 50 X 50 foot train display.
Friar Mount Train Museum Admission Charges
The museum is very inexpensive. Admission is only $6 per person.Children under the age of 4 are free.
Friar Mount Train Museum Hours
- April 1 – December 31 – They are open from Friday through Sunday.
- January 1 – April 1 – They are only open on weekends.
More about the Friar Mount Train Museum
The trains are amazing. Even if you or your child is not a huge train fan, this is truly an awesome display. There are many levels to the train platform, mountains, and tunnels. I counted at least 4 trains running simultaneously during our stay. The scenery and trains are pristine and will reflect the season. In this case, there were many Halloween trains.
One of the nicest things about this museum is the owner. He clearly has devoted a good part of his life to trains. You can tell by how he names the trains and explains how the display was built that this is a life love for him. He is patient and kind with the children and loves to see them get excited about the trains.
The trains and themes are Halloween themed. There are Peaunuts characters dressed in their Halloween costumes. A very large train pulling two cars of eyeballs. And of course my son’s favorite…the ghost train. There are many awesome features of the display like the cable cars descending down the mountain. The Halloween pieces are fascinating and very detailed.
So history buffs and train enthusiasts will love this as will you! It takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour to see it all. It is well worth it!