Free Train Rides Roll Back into Metro Detroit with Great Lakes Live Steamers

Kiddos can enjoy free, miniature train rides at these locations throughout 2024.

Train lovers will enjoy riding on the miniature train throughout the parks. Great Lakes Live Steamers is a volunteer-operated club that runs trains on their permanent tracks.

Photo credit: Nathan Oberski

For the trains to run, the weather must be 50 degrees or above and no rain. If you would like to check if the trains are running on the day of the event, call 313-355-9826 after 11:30 a.m.

Dates for the train are subject to change without notice.

This article was published on May 20, 2024 by Metro Parent’s Audience Development Coordinator, Kari Zaffarano. It includes her research and fact-checking expertise to provide the latest and most recent information on Great Lakes Live Steamers train rides in metro Detroit. Questions? Please reach out to

Quick details about Great Lakes Live Steamers Train Rides 

2024 Public Ride Schedule for Starr Jaycee Park

  • May 4-5
  • June 1-2
  • July 6-7
  • Aug. 3-4
  • Sept. 7-8
  • Oct. 5-6

2024 Public Ride Schedule for Southgate Train Park

  • May 18-19
  • June 15-16
  • July 20-21
  • Aug. 17-18
  • Sept. 21-22
  • Oct. 18-19 (Halloween)
  • Dec. 6-7 (Christmas)

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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Metro Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring metro Detroit with her son.


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