Train rides are weather dependent and last approximately six minutes. The first train departs at 10:30 a.m. Tickets cost $4 for non-members and $3.50 for members.
A daytime zoo loop will run daily beginning Memorial Day weekend, with visitors departing on their a zoo rail adventure from a brand new train station.
When the education center opens in 2017, disembarking train passengers can reach the new center through a new Discovery Plaza next to the Amur tiger habitat or meander along a path through a new Wildlife Garden. In the plaza, you'll find Coffee Crossing, restrooms and the entrance to the education center's Nature Exploration Station.
The zoo train will not run through Washington Park to the International Rose Test Garden station this year. Repairs are needed on retaining walls along the lower track. The zoo will determine an approach to repairs, including funding requirements, later this year.