Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Fun Holiday Outing

If you are looking for an awe inspiring Holiday Adventure and you have a child or grandchild who loves trains and people, make a trip to the Gaylord Texan during this Holiday Season.  The Central Atrium is filled with hanging lights, Christmas Trees, trains, trolleys, Santa, reindeer statues and all things Christmas.  The mere size of this facility is mind boggling. Our grandson, “L” was in his element picking out his favorite of the many trains and trolleys while.  After many views and much consideration, he finally informed us that his favorite was a “G” gage diesel passenger train running overhead on a long elevated layout.  We debated whether the markings were black as he called it the “Black Train” or dark green, but that didn't really matter as he was convinced it was black and so dubbed it.  A close second in “L”s evaluation was a trolley that wound through a village scene underneath the overhead train layouts.  If trains are not your "wee one's" focus, then there is also a Shrek Ice Show and Ice Sculptures for loads of entertainment. 

If, however, trains are what the toy world centers around, in addition to the Gaylord, you should visit the Trains at North Park and the Interurban Museum in Plano.  The Plano museum is where you can learn about the history of the area’s first mass transit device.  This forerunner of Dart ran from Sherman to Waco and we understand that the sound of the current Dart Trains horn was copied from that of the original Interurban cars. The North Park layouts duplicate focal points of the Dallas Metroplex,  offering a tie to the area’s history, as well as other significant locations in the U.S.

All in all, it makes for a fun adventure and a great chance for additional bonding with your child or grandchild during the Holiday Season. Check out a few of the sights from our adventure to the Gaylord.

The Gaylord Atrium

The Gaylord Trains

Shrek at the Gaylord

The trains at North Park

The trains at North Park

Plano Interurban Rail Museum

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