Lake Superior Zoo, Duluth, Minnesota

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Zoo Train

All Aboard the Zoo Train!

Deep in the heart of the Lake Superior Zoo next to our jungle playground lies our happy zoo train. While it doesn't go to Timbuktu, it does take a nice curvy route along some of our most popular exhibits. Which color car will you choose to ride in: red, blue, green or yellow? Listen to the train whistle blow as the train pulls out of our depot and heads for the primate center. Wave to the animals as the conductor tells tales of the zoo and facts about our fabulous animal residents. Up to the primate center and past the barn you go, then up the hill to polar shores and around. Shout "hello" to Lynnard the llama and be sure to keep an eye out for Ussuri the Amur tiger as he stalks you through the brush. Check out dozens of your favorite animal friends as you glide back to the station. Which color car will you ride next?!

The train runs during the week from mid-May until Labor Day, and then weekends only until Boo at the Zoo. Train tickets are $2 each. Age 2 and younger ride for free. Kids under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Lake Superior Zoo has been part of the Twin Ports community since 1923 and a favorite memory of the zoo experience back in the 1960s and 70s was riding the train. In 2006 the Lake Superior Zoological Society was able to bring the nostalgic train experience back to the zoo thanks to many generous contributors and volunteers. An electric Wattman Mini Express Train now travels the zoo grounds educating riders about the zoo's history and the variety of animals in our care.

We wish to thank everyone who made a donation to this project. Special recognition is given to the listed businesses, individuals and organizations for their significant contributions and their support for the Lake Superior Zoo.


Platinum Level:
Anonymous Local Foundation
Canadian National Railway Company
Minnesota Power

Gold Level:
Green Mill Restaurant
Western Bank
Wells Fargo Bank
Duluth Teachers Credit Union
Republic Bank
State Farm Insurance
Halvor Lines

Silver Level:
Mary & Paul Wictor
Patrick & Jeanne Litersky

Bronze Level:
Alice Adams
David Greenhaw
Sam's Club
Service Printers
Mary Pulford

Copper Level:
Zane Bail
Dave Holappa
Sam Maida
Bob Pearson
Dennis & Kari Ramberg
Cherie Wickman
Pro Print
Christopher & Carmel DeMaioribus
Charles & Jan Otto
Thomas & Janice Shuey