This little gem is just past the Fort Worth Zoo and truly is fun for the whole family; my parents, aunt, uncle, cousin, husband, and 2 year old were all entertained. I even think my teen daughter would have enjoyed it if she would have come along. Although not free, this is an affordable option for a whole family outing, or great for a playdate, and well worth admission.
Relaxing and scenic, the train runs at a pace that’s fast enough to keep the kiddos engaged but not so fast that it’s scary, and the seats are roomy enough for adults. The train crosses six bridges on its route, including Trinity Park Creek, and crosses under a Fort Worth and Western Railroad trestle, near the Trinity Park duck pond. For some reason I expected maybe a 20 minute ride but it was closer to 30 – 45 minutes, round-trip. As we enjoyed the ride my aunt and uncle mentioned that this train used to be inside the Fort Worth Zoo and that the train has been around since the 1950s. For homeschoolers, an educational jaunt or Texas History buffs, there’s a great little two part write-up with photos on the History of the Forest Park Miniature Railroad here.
The train ride starts at the Forest Park Depot and goes through Trinity Park and back, with one stop at Trinity Park Depot, offering a nice opportunity for a snack and to stretch little legs. Popcorn and sodas are usually available for purchase at the park depot. Alternatively, if you would like to feed the ducks, play or picnic at Trinity Park first, you can board the train at the park depot instead.
Know Before You Go:
How to get to
the Forest Park Miniature Railroad Depot
1700 Colonial Pkwy, Fort Worth, TX 76110
Parking is a little hidden and confusing. My best advice is head to the Fort Worth Zoo. If you continue west on Colonial Parkway past the Zoo it pretty much dead ends into the Miniature Train Depot. As you pass the Zoo and continue forward you will get to a sharp curve, the train parking is to the right of the curve, turn right at the Minature Train Ride sign.