Saturday, March 3, 2012

Austin family adventure: Zilker park zephyr train

We checked out the mini zephyr train at Zilker park this afternoon. It was a gorgeous day!

We enjoyed the scenery and the nice breeze and tried to get Scarlett to say, "chugga-chugga-chugga-chugga-CHOO-CHOO," about a million times without much success. Mostly she stared at us wondering why we were making such silly noises. She did enjoy giving the queen wave to all the onlookers as we chugged throughout the park though.

Read below for info on getting there and tickets.

Getting there
to get to the Zilker Park Zephyr Train (map), take Barton Springs Road and turn south (only one way to turn) onto William Barton Drive. You will see a large playground on your left, keep driving to the further parking lot below. The train station will be near the north edge of the parking lot, close to the building entrance to Barton Springs Pool. 

Ticket info
under 1 year: free
age 1-11: $2.00
age 11-65: $3.00
age 65+: $2.00

General info
-you cannot buy tickets in advance
-once one train departs, they start selling tickets for the next departure time
-you have to wait in line, sometimes for several trains to depart, especially on weekends
-weekdays trains run every hour, weekends trains run every 30 mins
-train ride itself is about 20 minutes
-train does and out and back loop along Zilker Park, Town Lake, under a bridge and through a tunnel
-there is a great playground for the kids to play on while you wait in line!
-there is a concession stand with hot dogs, popcorn, sno-cones, etc (also cash only)
-ATM available onsite

Enjoy! Let us know how you liked the train ride!

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