Burke Lake Park Rides, Classes and Events
[ 7315 Ox Road ] [ Fairfax Station, VA 22039 ] [ 703-323-6600 ]
Carousel and Miniature Train
2017 Operating Hours
|Dates||Ride||Days||First Ride||Last Ride|
|Apr 1 - May 28||Carousel||Weekends||
May 29- Sep 4
Memorial through Labor Day
Sep 5-Oct 29
|GHOST TRAIN OCTOBER 28 AND 29|
|Oct 30-Apr 2018||All rides||
During high demand times, the Train & Carousel will run off schedule until the line is reduced.
When bad weather strikes, the park may need to alter the normal operating schedule. Call the Information Center, 703-323-6600, to determine the status during inclement weather.
- Riders under the age of two years old may ride the train and carousel for no fee. All other riders ages 2 and older must purchase a ticket. Parents who ride the train or carousel with their children must purchase a ticket.
- Carousel Fee: Weekdays - $2.00 Weekends/Holidays - $3.00
- Burke Lake Miniature Train Fee: Weekdays - $3.00 Weekends/Holidays - $4.00
The Miniature Central Pacific Huntington Steam Engine
Since 1967, the miniature Central Pacific Huntington steam engine chugged over the tracks at Burke Lake Park, carrying kids who grew up and returned to bring their own children back for a ride on this community landmark.
In 2005, the little engine that could was retired, and now a new version of the one-third-scale replica C.P.Huntington is making the rounds.
The new locomotive looks the same but technology has made advances in the design of miniature trains. This model gets diagnostic tests performed by laptop computer, it boasts an automatic sander, it's quieter and the improved gas mileage is a driver's dream - 26 runs, almost continuously throughout the day, on just four gallons of gas.
The ride over 1.75 miles of track takes 10 minutes and reaches speeds of 10 to 12 miles per hour. And after the chug-along, there's more old fashioned fun to sample - a spin on the carousel, a hand-dipped cone at the Ice Cream Parlor and a walk on the park trail rated one of the 10 best urban fitness trails in the nation by the American Hiking Society.