Cost? ADULTS (13 YEARS AND ABOVE) $5.OO, CHILDREN (1 YEAR TO 12 YEARS) S4.00, SENIORS (65 AND UP) $4.00, GROUPS (25 OR MORE PASSENGERS) $3.50 PER PASSENGER
As a member and frequent visitor of the Fort Worth Zoo, I’ve passed the entrance to the Forest Park Miniature Train many times. I had even wondered where it picked up inside the Zoo. Come to find out several visits later, it isn’t part of the Fort Worth Zoo at all! It’s a completely separate attraction that just happens to be near the Zoo and it is (Fort) Worth your time.
The most important things you need to know about the train are:
- They only take CASH. So if you’re like me, you need to hit up the ATM before coming.
- The train doesn’t operate all the time. It is very weather specific. Weather permitting is defined as 55 degrees or above, no appreciable wind, no appreciable precipitation.
- Check before you go to see if it is open. Just as their cash-only policy suggests, this company is old school. You can get some information on their website, but not a ton. You can try calling (817-336-3328) to check if the train is running but it’s hit and miss if anyone will answer. My best advice is to go and hope for the best, but have a backup plan in case it’s closed.
If the train is operating (check for seasonal schedules), the first train leaves at 10am and runs every hour. The ride is about five miles long and the duration is 35-40 minutes round trip. The train departs from the Forest Park Depot and heads to the Duck Pond in Trinity Park and then loops back with one stop at the Trinity Park Depot (in Trinity Park). At the Trinity Park Depot stop, passengers may exit or board the train if seats are available. Keep your ticket stub and be aware if you have no other mode of transportation to your car, consider not taking the last train of the day as technical difficulties can and do happen. The park where the train stops is a very short walk but there is a walk, so keep that in mind if you have non-walkers or a person with disabilities.
For my son’s second birthday I decided to host his birthday on the train. With several prayers and a rain dance, the weather turned out to be perfect and the train was running the day of the party. I even bought conductor hats for all the kids to wear as their party favors. It made for cute pictures! (That’s my adorable Grandpa (89) and his Great Grandson (2), the birthday boy, enjoying the train.) The train is truly a legendary Fort Worth tradition for all ages and certainly not one to be missed!
Your Out and About Friend,
Time and day we visited? Saturday 10am
Level of crowds? High (full train)
Restrooms? Porta Potties are available at the train depot
Cleanliness of Bathroom? It’s a Porta-Pott… bring hand sanitizer
Recommended age? All
Food Options? Popcorn for purchase (sometimes). You may bring your own snacks on board if you need.
Allowed to bring in food and beverages? Yes
Stroller friendly? No
Safety concerns? Normal train concerns. Consider wearing a baby carrier for itty bitty kids, if you have one. I loved having my little one safely next to me while we went over a bridge. 😉
Coupons? No, but group rates are available for a discounted price (see above)