Chattanooga Zoo Introduces "Zoo Choo"

Monday, March 24, 2014

The first ever “Zoo Choo” Train began boarding its first zoo guest passengers today. The Zoo Choo Train is a trackless train that features multiple wagons to hold up to 20 children at one time, sound in motion, wheels in motion, smoke machine, safety belts, and an anti-collision system to make the train ride experience the best it can be. 

 “The Zoo Choo is a great opportunity for families to have even more fun at the Zoo,” said Darde Long, CEO and President of the Chattanooga Zoo. “Chattanooga is known for its trains and this will be the perfect fit with our Zoo and city. Train ride attractions have worked well in other Zoological organizations and we are excited to see the Zoo Choo generate more excitement in the Choo Choo City.”

The Zoo Choo will run daily with weather permitting during normal Zoo operating hours. Each ride costs 1 token ($3) per ride and is a 4-5 minute ride that takes passengers on a carefree ride to enjoy sights of the Chattanooga Zoo.  

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