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Austin Steam Train

401 E Whitestone Blvd, Suite C-100, Cedar Park, TX 78613-9051
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Disappointing, Not worth the cost

We spent our 30th anniversary on the Austin Steam Train. We were w exited to go to the Bluebonnet... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
A TripAdvisor Member
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Great for grandkids

Took the grandkids on the North Pole Flyer for an afternoon train ride. I would suggest reserving... read more

Reviewed 31 December 2017
Andrew S
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Mission, Texas
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The mission of the Austin Steam Train Association is to preserve, interpret and re-create the first-hand experience of historic steam-era railroading for the enjoyment and edification of today’s families and the generations to come.
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible9%
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“hill country” (22 reviews)
“cookies” (9 reviews)
“first class” (10 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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401 E Whitestone Blvd, Suite C-100, Cedar Park, TX 78613-9051
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"cookies"
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"first class"
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"steam engine"
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"return trip"
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"nice ride"
in 5 reviews
"day trip"
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"hour ride"
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"snacks and drinks"
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"air conditioned"
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"tables and chairs"
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"relaxing trip"
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"weather was perfect"
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"hour lunch break"
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"town square"
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"great trip"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent our 30th anniversary on the Austin Steam Train. We were w exited to go to the Bluebonnet festival in Burnet. We should have driven. We ordered 2 window seat tickets on the Buckeye Lake car, seats #7 & #8. Those two seats are...More

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Zena V, Manager at Austin Steam Train, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Good Afternoon! We are sorry to hear about your experience. All of the seats in that car- with the exception of 4 seats that we do not sell- are on windows. All Volunteers are also able to flip seats forward and backwards in the case...More

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Reviewed 31 December 2017

Took the grandkids on the North Pole Flyer for an afternoon train ride. I would suggest reserving the private room if possible because the kids can get up and walk around. The scenery is nice during the day and at night I would assume you...More

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Zena V, Manager at Austin Steam Train, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback!

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Reviewed 7 December 2017

My husband and I took the Hill Country Flyer, which was a 6 hour round trip to Burnett (2 hours to there, 2 hours in the town and 2 hours back to Cedar Park.) The view was nothing spectacular, or too different then riding in...More

2  Thank VaNeasha W
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Zena V, Public Relations Manager at Austin Steam Train, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2017

Hello! Thank you so much for your kind words about the Hill Country Flyer- our most popular ride! We also appreciate the constructive feedback about the equipment. I know our Foreman is already working hard on that issue. Thank you again. - Zena V

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Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

What a great trip! From Santa and Mrs.Clause to the singing the Christmas Carol’s, the story guy, to the balloon blowers. What a great experience! Everyone was so friendly and gracious! Beautiful scenery, nice ride!!! Don’t miss this!!!

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Zena V, Public Relations Manager at Austin Steam Train, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2017

Hi Hot Toddy! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your positive experience on the North Pole Flyer! We are thrilled you were happy with all the entertainment, and look forward to seeing you on the train in 2018! Best, Zena

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Reviewed 29 November 2017

Very disappointed! The Christmas caroler did not know the words to the songs. The car behind us had no AC. This was not magical by any means. We felt $40 per ticket, the ride could have been much better.

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Zena V, Public Relations Manager at Austin Steam Train, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2017

Hi Ashley! We are so sorry you felt that way! We would love to connect with you to see what we can do to improve this ride. What is the best way to do so?

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Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Worth every penny! Super friendly volunteers! We're already booking for next year . The crew was great at answering all the questions. Complimentary drinks and danishes. We stopped and ate at the Trail Blazer grill ! Amazing food

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Zena V, Public Relations Manager at Austin Steam Train, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2017

Hi Charlie! Thank you so much for your kind review! Are you already booked for your next trip?

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

This really isn't quite what I was hoping, but I'm still happy I took the train to Burnet. This train leaves Cedar Park and arrives in Burnet about 1.75 hours later. There really isn't any scenery to look at on the way, which was kind...More

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Zena V, Public Relations Manager at Austin Steam Train, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2017

Hello! Thank you for the feedback! We want to make sure we learn about our passenger experiences- and continue to do better. Our Car Attendants normally pass out our Welcome Aboard brochure and point out sights along the way. Did that happen on your car?...More

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Reviewed 23 September 2017

We did the Octoberfest themed evening trip, and it was fun! It was an evening trip started when there was still some light so you could see scenery on the way out of town, and then got dark. Not a big deal though because the...More

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Zena V, Public Relations Manager at Austin Steam Train, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2017

Hi Ron! Thank you for the kind words! We look forward to Oktoberfest again in 2018!

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Reviewed 11 September 2017

I was hoping for scenic tour and was my first train ride. People let their kids run up and down aisles - the scenery on ride was mostly trash and debris, Train stopped at bluebonnet festival (very briefly-just enough time for lunch) then headed back...More

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Reviewed 12 August 2017

This is nothing but a train ride on a diesel train. All the stuff touted on there web page is a lie. Nothing to see 75% of the time because of the overgrown trees and shrubbery. TOTAL WASTE OF 3 hours. Thank God it was...More

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celeste m
17 December 2017|
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Response from mamamagoo40 | Reviewed this property |
No. I believe Burnet is the farthest point.
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brew0102
14 November 2017|
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Response from strobeone | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely, the best time is during the day! This is because there is something to see as you travel the countryside and it makes it much more interesting when you can see the surrounding communities.
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mira15dave
24 October 2017|
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Response from Zena V | Property representative |
It depends on the route you are looking for! For the North Pole Flyer, if you have a kiddo under the age of 3 that you want to hold on your lap- you purchase an adult with a lap ride ticket. It is $5 more than the standard... More
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