Nashville Zoo to offer train rides

Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 1:05pm
Staff reports

Nashville Zoo on Friday will unveil Wilderness Express, a new adventure offering scenic train rides through an area of the zoo previously undeveloped.

“The Wilderness Express is a great addition to the guest experience at Nashville Zoo,” Rick Schwartz, zoo president, said in a release. “We think this will be very popular with families, especially those with young children.”

The electric-powered, trackless train takes passengers on a winding pathway across wooded terrain and offers views of the zoo’s zebra, ostrich and eland, along with off-exhibit animal holding areas. Each ride lasts approximately 4-5 minutes.

The Wilderness Express runs daily, weather permitting. Each ride costs three attraction tokens that can be purchased for $1 per token at the Guest Services Hut or at the train loading station located near the Bengal tiger habitat.

The zoo's Wild Animal Carousel opened in October 2005 and represents the exotic wildlife park's other ride.

The Patton family funded Wilderness Express.

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