The Solar Express is the newest year-round feature for visitors of Stepping Stones Museum for Children. A fun addition to the museum’s offerings, the train builds upon the museum’s commitment to energy conservation education and environmental responsibility. The train runs on solar power.
While out on the train route, “conductors” will highlight the museum’s environmental initiatives that include a green roof, a wind turbine, rain gardens, the use of renewable resources in our building materials and much more. Stepping Stones Museum for Children is a LEED Gold certified building, meeting the nation’s strictest controls in environmental sustainability.
Weather permitting, the Solar Express runs several times daily, bringing passengers on a unique 7 – 10 minute ride through historic Mathews Park.
The Solar Express operates after Memorial Day and through the week of Thanksgiving (pending inclement weather).
Solar Express does not run on holidays, including holiday Mondays. (Labor Day 9/5, Rosh Hashanah 10/3, Columbus Day 10/10, Yom Kippur 10/12, Martin Luther King Day 1/16, Presidents' Day 2/20, Memorial Day 5/29)
The train cannot run in rain, snow, temperatures below 40º or extremely high-volume visitation days such as school vacation weeks and certain holidays. All children must be accompanied by an adult.