Though steam engines seem primitive by today's standards, they were once the only alternative to the stringent security checks and exorbitant baggage fees associated with hot-air-balloon travel. Meet the lumbering beasts that ruled the rails with today's Groupon: for $10, you get four admissions and four miniature-train rides at the Museum of Transportation on Barrett Station Road (a value of up to $40; admission rates vary by age).
For more than 60 years, the Museum of Transportation has given visitors the chance to get up-close views of one-of-a-kind cars, trains, and other mechanized movers. Scores of antique rail cars of every purpose and design, some harking back to the 1830s, inhabit the museum's vast collection, allowing train-obsessed tots to see how Americans came to occupy lands from coast to coast without ever actually moving their legs. Guests can climb on and explore some of the wheel-footed track animals and even hop a ride on the museum's miniature train (a $4 value per ride), which makes its rounds three times every hour. The museum's Earl C. Lindburg Automobile Center pays homage to what Henry Ford called locomotive-less road trains, including the Chrysler Turbine Carone of the only operational examples of a turbine car on public displayand a glimmering 1941 Cadillac with whitewall tires and a mischievous grin. Airplanes, boats, streetcars, and buses round out the museum's vehicular revue.
An invaluable resource for wheel reinventors and road warriors in training, the Museum of Transportation is open seven days a week during the summer and six days a week the rest of the year. Although all admissions and rides obtained through today's deal must be used within a year of purchase, they don't need to be used in one visit (you will receive vouchers for any unused admissions or rides), meaning you can celebrate every solstice and equinox by nuzzling up to the iron maw of your favorite locomotive.
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