San Diego Model Railroad Museum

We finally made it back down to San Diego’s Balboa Park to visit some more museums with our Balboa Park Explorer’s passes.

The Rueben H Fleet Science Center

We started at the Reuben H Fleet Science Center, which is a highly acclaimed hands on learning center. Unfortunately it was a bit of a bust for us. We arrived shortly after opening and had to stand in a 20 minute line to get in because there was only one person selling tickets. While I stood in line, the guys hung out in the Cafe…. where J watched a video of how Dippin Dots are made.

A mere twenty minutes into the museum, after a cursory glance around, he was done and ready to go get his Dippin Dots as promised. UGH!!!!!!!!!!!

bernoulli experiment

We knew better than to fight it, so we got our hands stamped to have the option to come back, then grabbed J his Dots and a pineapple scone for us to split. The scone was $3 and I think it had been sitting there for at least a week. The biscotti would have been a better choice because at least that is supposed to be hard.  At least J was happy with his choice!

eating dippin dots

eating dippin dots


But, he still had no interest in going back inside. He probably thought he had to wait in the line again which was still out the door an hour or more after opening.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Instead we headed to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum which is normally closed on Mondays but was open for the holidays. Now this was fun, at least for me. I have no idea what the guys did, they just took off on their own while I took pictures.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Most of the trains in these photos are N scale (which is 1:160 scale). Many of the displays showcase scenes from the local area and its railroad history:

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Palomar Observatory

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Model Railroad Museum


Home for the Holidays Exhibit

And there was a special “Home for the Holidays” exhibit featuring Department 56 miniatures and train themed holiday displays. Oh it made me long to set up a massive display of my own! But, unless I want Ninja Turtles and Mario and Luigi battling their way through my scenes, I will need to wait a few years.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Model Railroad Museum San Diego Model Railroad Museum San Diego Model Railroad Museum San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Model Railroad Museum


Sigh, I could have spent hours in there!  But alas, this little guy was ready to go home.

mom and son selfie


Plus M and I were starving since all we had to eat was a few bites of stale scone.


You can view pictures of our previous visit to Balboa Park’s Spanish Village Art Center here:


SSpanish Village Art Center



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  1. Ooh that sounds fun! Love dippindots 🙂 We have a RR museum in our area and it does sound like a fun trip, I wonder at what age my little would actually enjoy it? I think one might be too young.

    1. Oh, it will only be months before Thomas and Friends come a calling and then they are fascinated by trains.

  2. That sounds like a great day! Those exhibits look beautiful. We took my little guy to a train museum here in NC not too long ago, but that one looks a lot bigger for sure.

    1. It was loads of fun, if you are ever in Southern California you should check it out.

  3. I think I like the local displays the best – I thought they were so neat at Legoland here in FL when we went back in August. I’m sure it’d be easy to spend all day there – so many details to notice!

    1. I’d love to visit Legoland in Florida (we live close to the Carlsbad one)

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