Growing up, my siblings and I waited all year long until my parents finally said we were going to “Edaville” to see the Christmas lights. It was one of highlights of my childhood and I have so many happy memories of going there year after year with my family. These days it’s known as Edaville Family Theme Park and I am so thankful that I have the chance to take my own kids there so they can have the same wonderful memories of Edaville as I do.
But why is it called Edaville? Ellis D. Atwood used his initials (E.D.A) to name the theme park back when it first opened. He started this railroad by purchasing most of the surviving equipment from Maine’s once expansive network of two-foot gauge rail’s and had them trucked south to Carver, Massachusetts – and it is now known as Edaville Railroad.
Atwood started Edaville by building a 5 ½ mile railroad around his 1,800 acre plantation of cranberry bogs. He used the trains to service his bogs as well as hauling paying customers through the plantation for sightseeing. Eventually it evolved into a “Family Fun Park” with the addition of carnival rides and extravagant Christmas displays (the ones I enjoyed so much as a child).
These days Edaville has a new owner who not only kept the awesome vintage amusement rides (the antique carousel and an illuminated Ferris Wheel), but has added many new attractions. Throughout the year guests can enjoy Dino Land, character breakfasts, character meet & greets, “Not So Spooky Halloween” in October, and the Christmas Festival of Lights offering train rides through the decorated cranberry bogs during the Christmas season.
If your kids are big dinosaur fans, Dinoland brings them to life!
In 2015 Thomas Land made its debut! This section of the park brought Sodor to life by adding 11 new rides, along with a stage show and multiple dining and shopping venues.
Edaville Family Theme Park is a fun way to spend a day with the family and as always, admission to Edaville includes Thomas Land, Dino Land, and all rides & attractions. Edaville Family Theme Park is located at 5 Pine Street in Carver, MA. Oh, and just a little fun fact. Massachusetts is one of 5 states that grows cranberries. The other 4 are Wisconsin, Oregon, Washington and New Jersey.