The Nature Train
LENGTH: Allow one hour
LOCATION: Tours begin at the Nature Train depot near the main parking area
TIMES: Normally departs every half-hour. Check with the Admissions Gate or Office for daily schedule.
COST: ($8 per person with paid garden admission, children under 6 free)
Experience history and wildlife on this action-packed tram tour of the plantation’s wetlands, lakes, forests, and marshes. Naturalist guides help you spot alligators, turtles, egrets, and herons in native habitats. You never know what you might see. One minute you’ll glimpse an alligator sliding off a bank and the next you’ll turn your head to catch a great blue heron spearing a fish. And as you ride through the landscape, guides bring its history to life. From a row of slave cabins to 19th century rice ponds and a Native American ceremonial mound that evoke the plantation’s complex past. The tour will bring to life the true landscape and culture of the old South. With more than 600 acres of wildlife habitats and gardens, it can be difficult to see everything there is to see on foot. The nature train allows you to view a large portion of these wonderful areas in a entertaining and educational way.
The Nature Train is also a great way to give your feet a rest. If you are tired of walking, you can sit back and still enjoy Magnolia’s wildlife experience. It’s perfect for those who prefer four wheels to two feet.