Marathon Junction at Marathon Park features a re-engined train, affordable food/drink menu, new landscaping, an indoor reservable shelter, and additional outdoor seating.  Located adjacent to the Splash Pad, Marathon Junction provides an excellent opportunity for summer family fun.  Contact the Park Administrative Office with all your questions at 715.261.1550.  See the train in operation here.


Marathon Junction Train and Concessions is closed for the season.

Season:  Marathon Junction will be open Memorial Day weekend May 25-28 2018 from 11 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. It will be closed May 29, 30, and 31. Marathon Junction will be open daily 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from June 1 until the Fair and from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. after the Fair. The Junction will be open through Sunday Sept. 2, 2018. The Junction will be open during the Wausau Fourth of July Celebration and the annual Wisconsin Valley Fair. Private building rental is available from June 1 - Sept. 1 each year. 

For 2018 the Marathon Junction Splash Pad  will be open June 2 & 3 from noon to 7pm. It will be closed June 4,5,6, & 7 and will reopen daily from June 8 - September 2, 2018. The  Splash Pad will be open daily from noon to 7pm until the Fair and Noon to 5pm after the Fair.  The Splash Pad will be closed during the Fair (July 31- Aug. 6, 2018).

Marathon Junction Concession Building

2018 Marathon Junction Menu listed below. 

Train Ride (2x round) each Ride $1.00    
Train & Small Sundae $3.50    
Train and Meal 1 - Hot dog or mac & cheese, chips, soda or juice box, small cone and a train ride $5.50    
Train and Meal 2 - Nachos with cheese or salsa, 12 oz soda or juice or water, small cone and a train ride  $5.50    

Train ticket group rates
4 for $3.75
12 for $11.00
20 for $18.00

Cones $1.25 $1.75 $2.75
Waffle Cones $1.75 $2.25  
Sundaes $2.75 $3.25  
Toppings $ .50 $1.00  
Premium Sundae $4.00    
Soda $2.00 $2.50 $3.00
Coffee $1.00    
Shake $3.25    
Slushy $2.50 $3.00  
Water $1.50    
Juice Box $1.00    
Whole Pizza $6.50    
Pretzel $2.75    
Hot Dog/Chili Dog $1.75 $2.25  
Corn Dog $2.50    
Mac & Cheese $1.75    
Nachos/Chili Nachos $2.75 $3.50  
Extra Cheese $ .50    
Chips/Candy $1.75    
Popcorn $1.00    
Cotton Candy $2.25    
Floats $2.50 $3.50  
Freeze Pop .25 each $.25 5/$1.00  
Drum Stick $2.00    
Ice Cream Sandwich $2.00    

2018 Private Building Rentals:
Marathon Junction is available to rent from June 1 - Sept. 1 for your private party (50 person maximum group size).  (Note: Splashpad is open June 2 & 3. Closed June 4,5,6,7. Open daily starting June 8).  Click here to reserve Marathon Junction on-line, or complete a contract and pay the applicable fee at the Park Administrative Office, 212 River Drive, Suite 2, Wausau, WI 54403-5476, or call in to make a reservation and credit card payment over the telephone at ph 715.261.1550 M - F, 8 am to 4:30 pm.

There are three rental options available depending on your needs:

  1. Noon Rental: Marathon Junction is available to rent daily from 11 am to 2:30 pm (or a window of time within this timeframe). Cost is $63.
  2. Evening Rental: Marathon Junction will be available to rent daily from 5:00 pm to mid-night (or a window of time within this timeframe). Cost is $152.
  3. All day rental: Marathon Junction can be reserved just like any other shelter at Marathon Park from 8 am to mid-night (or a window of time within this timeframe).   Cost is $215.
  4. If rental has alcohol and amplified music a $200 security deposit will also be collected at the time of the reservation.

Marathon Junction Features:

  • Air Conditioned
  • Fluoresent Lighting
  • Electricity
  • Serving window to access Marathon Junction Concession Menu
  • Seating for 50 inside
  • Picnic tables adjacent outside
  • Indoor restrooms
  • Availablle to rent from Memorial weekend through Labor Day annually


The Marathon Park Train started its 60th year of operation Friday, May 25th, 2012 with a new/old look. Thanks to a generous donation by Mitzi Dolloff in honor of her late husband Cliff Dolloff, the train was painted to replicate the Milwaukee Road’s North Woods Hiawatha passenger train that served Wausau in 1952 when the park train began its service. Cliff Dolloff was a Milwaukee Road conductor for 40 years and worked on both the North Woods Hiawatha and freight trains out of Wausau.

The Marathon Park Train was manufactured specifically for Marathon Park by the Miniature Train Company (MTC) of Elmhurst, IL. and was delivered in May 1952. The train was originally owned by Park Concessions, Inc., the private concessionaire in Marathon Park, and was subsequently bought and sold by a series of concession operators. The train almost left Marathon Park in 2010 when Winter Concessions ceased their operations in the park. At that time the Wausau and Marathon County Parks Foundation raised funds to purchase the train and gift it to Marathon County on the condition that the County would continue to operate this community icon that has been part of growing up in Marathon County for the last 60 years.

 North Woods Hiawatha Train 60th Anniversary  was celebrated in May, 2012
Officials unveil the North Woods Hiawatha train at Marathon Junction North Woods Hiawatha passenger train at Marathon Junction