Day Out With Thomas, has been cancelled for Summer 2020

Originally scheduled for July 31, August 1, 2, and 7, 8, 9 in 2020, this event is the largest event at the Depot all year, Day Out With Thomas has been cancelled due to the current Pandemic. Thomas the Tank Engine will return to Duluth in 2021.

Current ticket holders will be contacted via email with refund information. Please contact TicketWeb for further details.

This is an opportunity for kids to take a ride with their favorite tank engine, meet the railway controller Sir Topham Hatt, have fun in Imagination Station, explore the Railroad Museum, take a ride with Thomas’ friend Percy, and much more! It is also the biggest fundraiser for the Lake Superior Railroad Museum. Get ready for the 2021 Tour when Thomas brings his best buddy Percy with him to Duluth, Minnesota next summer.

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More about the event:

The best place to see Thomas in Minnesota or Wisconsin!

Each ticket to the Day Out With Thomas includes:

  • Access to all activities at Day Out With Thomas
  • Entry to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum
  • Approx. 20-25 minute train ride behind Thomas through Duluth to Lake Superior
  • Imagination Stations, which include sandboxes, coloring, Mega Bloks, building stations, craft tables, Thomas play tables and much, much more
  • Live Children’s Music
  • Photo opportunities with Thomas, Percy, & Sir Topham Hatt
  • Free trolleycar rides
  • Inflatable slide, bounce house and obstacle course
  • Temporary Tattoo and Face Painting stations
  • Model Train layouts
  • Huge Thomas Gift Shop with exclusive merchandise for (additional) sale
  • Lots of games and activities
  • And much more…

Add the Percy Train Ride to Get More Fun:

  • A separate 20-25 minute train ride behind Percy, a similar route but different fun onboard
  • Percy train rides can be scheduled before or after your ride with Thomas
  • Photo opportunity with Percy
  • You must buy a Thomas ticket in order to purchase a Percy train ride
  • Percy has a party on his train!

Tickets are $22 per person for Thomas, ages 2 and up. Train rides depart every hour on the hour for Thomas from 9am to 3pm and on the half hour for Percy rides. All guests much purchase a Day Out With Thomas ticket for a specific ride time.

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The Percy train ride can be added as an additional purchase for just $8 more. You must have a ticket for Day Out With Thomas and add on Percy in order to ride the Percy ride or enter the grounds.

Toddlers under 2 do not need a ticket, but must ride in the lap of a ticketed passenger. Both train rides are about 25 minutes each, but the “average guest” is here for 2-3 hours depending how much fun with your friends you want to have!

Tickets are for sale online or by calling TicketWeb: 866-468-3399

Frequently asked questions:

Do I need to pre-purchase tickets?
Advance ticket purchases are strongly encouraged, as trains do sell out. Thomas runs every hour on the hour starting at 9am, and there is often space on the morning and afternoon trains. If trains aren’t sold out, tickets are for sale at the window for a limited number of walk-up sales. This year we are seeing a dramatic increase in reservations and are anticipating sold out trains for many of the days, especially on Saturdays of the event.

Where do we park?
During the event, there is no on-site parking at the museum but two parking ramps are located to the north and south sides of the depot building. Several other parking facilities are within a two-block walk of the event. Most parking locations require payment and most accept credit cards. Parking fees vary from day-to-day of the event (weekday/weekends). Please allow extra time to find parking before your train departure.

Can I buy a Percy Ride Only Ticket?
The ride with Percy is only available as an add-on to your Day Out With Thomas ticket.

When do gates open and close?
Gates for Day Out With Thomas open at 8:30am and close at 5:00pm. Guests with tickets are welcome to stay the entire time and enjoy all the activities.

Can I buy a discounted admission and not ride Thomas?
Anyone can choose not to ride on the Thomas excursion ride, but all guests at the Day Out With Thomas must purchase a standard admission ticket, for $22, available above.

When does this event take place and what is included?
Thomas runs July 31, August 1, 2, and 7, 8, 9 in 2020. Tickets include the ride, access to the museum and all the other activities. The only additional costs are food and giftshop merchandise, should you choose to purchase items.


More helpful information & links:

    • For directions to the Duluth Depot (Day Out With Thomas event): click here.
    • For information on the Sensory Friendly event for Day Out With Thomas, please visit this link to learn moreSensory Friendly Day Out With Thomas is an event for people and children who have sensory processing issues, are on the autism spectrum, and/or have special needs. To make it an event geared for these populations, we ask you to only request tickets if you and the person for whom you are a caregiver meets these requirements.
    • Have a promotional ticket from a radio station, tv station, or something like that and want to make a reservation? click here.
    • Gates for the Day Out With Thomas event open at 8:30am and close at 5:00pm.