Travel – Trainspotting

 Travel – Trainspotting

It’s a fun ride for everyone at EnterTRAINment Junction

It’s hard to beat EnterTRAINment Junction when it comes to family-friendly fun, and it's just a short ride down I-75. Led by the entrepreneurial vision of owner, Don Oeters, this train-lover’s paradise features 90 G-scale trains, which means they run on tracks 45 millimeters apart.

The product of roughly 120 volunteers and 75,000 hours of work, the 80,000 square-foot space is also filled with incredibly detailed buildings, factories, landscapes, and 25,000 square feet of just trains. While it’s the perfect place for any train enthusiast, Oeters points out that it’s fun for everyone.

“Even a 16-year-old girl would like it here,” he laughs. With two playgrounds, a train ride, the A-Maze-N funhouse, a museum, a workshop and a gallery, EnterTRAINment Junction really is fun for all ages.

“We had a record-breaker a couple of weeks ago,” says Oeters. “A couple of grandparents and a 7 year old stayed for seven hours and 15 minutes. They had gone to Kings Island recently, and the boy said he liked the trains even more.” While visits that long are rare, the Junction frequently has visitors who stay well over an hour.

There are enough flashy attractions to keep kids delighted for a while: a scavenger hunt for items within the train displays is a favorite, and so is the funhouse, that has five attractions meant to mimic a “circus midway experience.”

“What I want to do is get the word out to Greater Cincinnati that this isn’t just for kids or train enthusiasts. It’s for everyone,” says Oeters. And the public agrees. In 2010, EnterTRAINment Junction was voted Ohio’s “Best Family Entertainment Center” by the “Official Best Of,” which provides TV and web viewers with the best places to visit in America.

Get in the fall spirit with EnterTRAINment Junction and its Jack O’ Lantern Junction from Sept. 21 through Oct. 31. Featuring a trick or treat maze and an indoor pumpkin patch, it’s the perfect fall experience for the whole family.