If your little conductor is obsessed with Thomas & Friends, it’s time to plan a visit to Carver, MA, home to Edaville USA and the brand-new Thomas Land theme park.
Our family trip to Cape Cod, MA, just so happened to fall shortly after the grand opening of the new park in August. Thomas Land is located toward the back of the Edaville family fun park, which is worth a day-trip by itself. Edaville features carnival-style rides and attractions, in addition to a Dinoland section with 23 life-size animatronic dinosaurs.
One of our favorite parts of our day in Carver was the 20-minute scenic train ride aboard a life-sized Thomas the Tank Engine. My son was so excited he wasn’t quite sure what to do with himself. A conductor even came through the train asking to punch our ticket, which I thought was an excellent touch.
After our ride, we darted toward Thomas Land, where we strolled through Knapford Station, explored Tidmouth Sheds and rode many of the themed rides. We even had a chance to meet Sir Topham Hatt at Tidmouth Sheds! Some of our favorite rides were Bertie’s Bus Tours, Harold’s Lift-Off and Sodor’s Cranberry Carousel.
Unfortunately, Winston’s Skyline Express wasn’t open yet, but it looks like it will be an awesome attraction. We were disappointed in a few other parts of Thomas Land as well, mostly due to construction delays since the park had just opened several days before our arrival. For example, there wasn’t a restroom available in the Thomas Land section of the park at the time of our visit, which was difficult with a baby and toddler. There also weren’t any benches or places for anyone to sit between rides. The sun was sweltering on the day of our visit, so a bench in the shade would have been amazing!
Overall, though, we had a wonderful day full of family fun, and we will definitely plan a return trip soon. Edaville will be expanding through 2017, so I can’t wait to see what the new additions bring to this already fabulous family destination.
Here are a few more images from our day: