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Burke Lake Park Rides, Classes and Events



Carousel and Miniature Train

2014 Operating Hours

Dates Ride Days First Ride Last Ride
Apr 5 - May 25
Carousel Weekends Only 11:30 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
Train Weekends Only 11:15 a.m.
5:45 p.m.
May 26- Sep 1
Memorial Day - Labor Day
Carousel Daily 11:30 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
Train Daily 11:15 a.m.
5:45 p.m.
Sep 2-Oct 26
Carousel Weekends Only 11:30 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
Train Weekends Only 11:15 a.m.
5:45 p.m.
Oct 27-Apr 2015 All rides
Closed
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Carousel - Fee: $1.75
    Burke Lake Miniature Train - Fee: $2.50

    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.

Carousel at Burke Lake Park.

A new locomotive pulls refurbished passenger cars at Burke Lake Park!

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