Christine Lindsey LaCava
Edaville Family Theme Park
Updated: Jan 17
A visit to the Edaville Family Theme Park in Onset, Massachusetts, is not complete without a ride on the heritage railroad. Located at 5 Pine St, Carver, MA 02330. The amusement park was built in 1947 and opened to the public in 1950. It continues to operate today as one of the oldest heritage railroad operations in the United States. The amusement park and railroad are one and the same. The trains go up and down the track, and the theme park has a number of attractions for kids and adults.
The railroad station at Edaville opened in 1947 as a tourist attraction. It was originally used for cranberry harvesting and to ferry visitors through the bogs. In 2001, the owners sold the park to a group of investors who financed the project. The company now owns 250 acres and operates the train. However, the rides are no longer operating. While the railway is still in operation, it is closed for renovations. Click for next article.
While the park is currently closed for renovations, it is open for trick or treating. The park also has a world-renowned Christmas Festival of Lights. During the holiday season, the entire park is illuminated with more than seven million lights. For those planning to go, it's worth checking out the seasonal events. In addition to rides and other attractions, visitors can enjoy live performances and the world's biggest parade.
In Onset, Massachusetts, the Edaville Family Theme Park is one of the most popular places for families to spend their holidays. The park has three worlds in one, and during the Christmas festival, the park is transformed into a magical world. In 2002, Jon Delli Priscoli purchased the park and renovated the entire rail course to add a new thrill ride, Thomas Land. Dino Land, which features life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, was added later.
During the summer and fall, Edaville's two-foot-gauge railroad is still in use. The park offers daily excursions through cranberry bogs and offers special holiday-themed excursions during late fall and winter. The two-foot-gauge railroad has six to eight passenger cars and a diesel engine. The train is led by an unpowered "engine," reminiscent of Thomas the Tank Engine.
The Edaville Railroad operated from 1947 to 1992 and closed in 1992. In January 1992, the park closed its operations, but the equipment was sold to a group in Portland, Maine. The group was led by Phineas T. Sprague, a businessman who had previously worked for the railroad. In the summer of 1991, the Edaville Railroad opened for operation. Aside from the train, the park features a miniature model of the town of Onset. Read more.