The New York State Fair continues to add parking places and expand lots to accommodate the growing number of visitors. But another option you may want to consider is taking a train. It could be more affordable than you think with the kids ride free deal.

Amtrak has been adding a stop at the State Fair since 2002 at Gate 11 on State Fair Boulevard.  This year they are offering Kids Ride Free, for every adult fare 1 kid rides free. If you are traveling the Thruway, by the time you add tolls, parking, and gas it may be about the same cost, plus a huge saving in the aggravation department.

There are a few restrictions like you have to book 3 days in advance, and there's no service on August 30. Get more info and book your trip at Amtrak.com.

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