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Visitor's Guide to Huckleberry Railroad and Crossroads Village

Updated on August 31, 2012
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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
Village and Train or Boat
Village, Boat, and Train
Adults
$10.00
$13.00
$16.00
Seniors
$9.00
$12.00
$15.00
Children ages 2 and up
$8.00
$10.00
$12.50

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 Village

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The print sets the type for the newsletter.The type is a mirror of the intended publication.The printing press is fully operational in the village.Playing with the old fashioned toys.The barn.Pumping the water from the well.Enjoying a refreshing drink.The alpacas on the farm.
The print sets the type for the newsletter.
The print sets the type for the newsletter. | Source
The type is a mirror of the intended publication.
The type is a mirror of the intended publication. | Source
The printing press is fully operational in the village.
The printing press is fully operational in the village. | Source
Playing with the old fashioned toys.
Playing with the old fashioned toys. | Source
The barn.
The barn. | Source
Pumping the water from the well.
Pumping the water from the well. | Source
Enjoying a refreshing drink.
Enjoying a refreshing drink. | Source
The alpacas on the farm.
The alpacas on the farm. | Source

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 Belle

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The carousel.Riding the Charles W. Parker carousel.Genesee Belle
The carousel.
The carousel. | Source
Riding the Charles W. Parker carousel.
Riding the Charles W. Parker carousel. | Source
Genesee Belle
Genesee Belle | Source

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!

Genesee Belle

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 Railroad

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The kids peek their heads out of the train window.Getting ready for the train to depart.As the train rounds the curve, passengers can see the entire length of the train.The train conductor even kept us company during our lunch!
The kids peek their heads out of the train window.
The kids peek their heads out of the train window. | Source
Getting ready for the train to depart.
Getting ready for the train to depart. | Source
As the train rounds the curve, passengers can see the entire length of the train.
As the train rounds the curve, passengers can see the entire length of the train. | Source
The train conductor even kept us company during our lunch!
The train conductor even kept us company during our lunch! | Source

Huckleberry Railroad

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!

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    • Amanda108 profile image

      Amanda 

      4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      I LOVE Crossroads Village! I go every year for Halloween though sadly I've never made it out to just experience it as an old-time village. I'll have to go some year.

      And that *is* one fast carousel, lol!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Hi Gail! Trust me, I visited this place before I had kids. :) We did have a great time and I'm thinking about making the trip for the Christmas decorations this year. Thanks for the visit.

    • Happyboomernurse profile image

      Gail Sobotkin 

      5 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow! This is definitely the kind of place I love to visit even if I no longer have any kids with me!

      Seriously though, it looked like everyone had a great time despite the heat, and your photos were terrific.

      I particularly loved the carousel photos and the printing press photo was great- you could really see how the letters were set.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

      Hub Hugs,

      Gail

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Aww, thanks Mama Kim. We had a great day even though it was about 100 degrees that day! Thanks for your visit and share!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks, it was a nice change of pace and I think that everyone really had a good time.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Haha, yes, even though it was incredibly hot, it was a fun day!

    • Mama Kim 8 profile image

      Sasha Kim 

      5 years ago

      Goodness you kids are adorable ^_^ Love the hub, great overview and information for a fun family day. voted up and pinned

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Cara, I agree with Danette. Great photos and info here. Other than the excorciating heat, it was a wonderful day-and I'm glad I was there to share it with you. UP/U/I/Awesome

    • Danette Watt profile image

      Danette Watt 

      5 years ago from Illinois

      It was a fun day! Glad I was able to be there to spend it with you girls and your families (oh, and your mom, too!)

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