Tracking down the Tennessee on the Three Rivers Rambler
October 18, 2011 8:51 AM by Erin Donovan
Would you like an afternoon to relax while still keeping the kids entertained? The perfect attraction for parents to get some R&R while keeping young ones fascinated is the Three Rivers Rambler train ride located right past downtown Knoxville along the Tennessee River. This one and a half hour ride is the perfect trip for parents to take a break and view beautiful scenery passing by. Children become mesmerized by the sights and sounds of this steam engine train constructed more than 100 years ago with train cars produced in the 1930s. When first arriving to the Three Rivers Rambler, children will be thrilled to see the train conductors dressed in their uniforms waiting to greet families as they climb aboard. The first thing to see is a snack and gift shop filled with treats and souvenirs. Kids can grab a train whistle, bandana, cap or collectible toy to make them feel like a true train conductor. As the whistles sound, families wave goodbye to pedestrians from the indoor and outdoor train cars. Children and adults will both enjoy views including the Tennessee River and beautiful South Knoxville farmlands. Also, the city’s first settlement area and Asbury Quarry where Knoxville’s gray marble is mined can be spotted. One area not to miss is the “Three Rivers Trestle,” where the French Broad and Holston Rivers join to form the Tennessee River. This eleven mile trip is perfect for families during the regular season of July; however, there are many other opportunities for families to enjoy this enchanting experience during the year since summer is coming to a close. Children will love stepping aboard the train during Christmas to ride on the Three Rivers Rambler and meet Santa Claus. There are also opportunities to ride during September, October and November. So grab the children, head over to the Three Rivers Rambler and take a step back in time to the days when locomotives ruled the tracks. Grab a soda, take a seat and watch the sights pass you by while your children gaze out the windows. This will be an afternoon trip the family will never forget. The Three Rivers Rambler Train runs 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays during the summer season and offers special rides throughout the fall and winter. To learn more about the train ride visit www.threeriversrambler.com and to make reservations call (865) 524-9411.