Visitor's Guide to Huckleberry Railroad and Crossroads Village
Genesee County Parks
Huckleberry Railroad and Crossroads Village is part of the Genesee County Parks. Huckleberry Railroad is located in Flint, Michigan. As you step through the village gates, you are transported back in time to the early 1800s. From the time you purchase your tickets and throughout the village, workers are dressed in period costumes and share their knowledge of the history of this time period. Although the park is not large in size, the activities and places to explore are limited only by your imagination.
Huckleberry Railroad and Crossroads Village Location
Admission Prices for Huckleberry Railroad
Village and Train or Boat
Village, Boat, and Train
Children ages 2 and up
Village Hours, Train and Boat Departures
- The Crossroads Village is open Wednesday-Sunday 10:00-5:00 from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
- Huckleberry Railroad runs daily at 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00.
- The Genesee Bell runs daily at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00. On Wednesday through July the 1:00 departure does not take place.
Visiting the Buildings in Crossroads VillageClick thumbnail to view full-size
Exploring Crossroads Village
There is so much to do at Crossroads Village. We began our visit with a trip to the print shop. The printer was just about to give a demonstration on how newspapers or brochures were set up and then printed. Although much of it was not new to me, it was a great learning experience for our younger kids.
The toy shop was another great spot. It was interesting to watch our kids play with simple, yet challenging toys from days past. There is also a working farm in which staff members use the fur from the alpacas to knit various items, such as blankets. In the back of the farm house, the kids cooled off by pumping water from a well. Since it was about 100 degrees that day, it was a much needed refresher!
There is also a blacksmith, a lumber mill, and a fully operational mill that produces flour and cornmeal that is sold in the village store. IT is a great opportunity for both children and adults to see how life and technology has evolved over time.
Crossroads Village Special Events-Halloween and Christmas
During the Halloween and Christmas seasons, the park is open for limited hours. Weekends and evenings in October, the village is open special hours for trick or treating events in the village. In addition, there is also a haunted train ride!
For the Christmas season, the village and train are decorated in beautiful lights. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the Christmas season.
Additional Village Information
- Parking is free and plentiful. On busy days, arrive early for close spots and to get tickets for the train and boat.
- If you plan to visit during one of the special events (Christmas and Halloween), it is recommended to purchase tickets ahead of time. They do sell out quickly.
- There are several places to purchase food in the village. You can also pack a lunch and have a picnic somewhere in the village.
- There are several stores that sell souvenirs, including penny candy and ice cream!
The Carousel and Genesee BelleClick thumbnail to view full-size
Charles W. Parker Carousel
The carousel in Crossroads Village was built in 1912. It is fully operational and is a very fast ride! Along with the carousel, there are some other amusement park rides such as a Ferris wheel and a gondola swing. They are an extra charge, but worth the extra few dollars!
The Genesee Belle is a paddle boat that is similar to those that were found traveling down the Mississippi River during the days of Mark Twain. Guests can take a 45 minute boat ride on Mott Lake. It is a calm and pleasant ride with beautiful scenery guiding your way. The lower level has air conditioning and also has light refreshments and drinks available.
Pictures of Huckleberry RailroadClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Huckleberry Railroad train ride is a 40 minute ride that takes passengers through fields and along Mott Lake. It is said that the name Huckleberry Railroad was given to this train route because the train moved so slowly that passengers could hop off the train, pick some huckleberries (a blueberry like berry) and then hop back onto the back of the train. It is a great opportunity to experience how people traveled in the past. No air conditioning, dvd players, or ipods available on this train!