by Manuel McDonnell Smith
Close proximity to the Philadelphia Zoo is just one of the benefits of being a neighbor in the Parkside community. On just about any nice day, it’s only a short stroll over Girard Avenue directly into the lush gardens and winding pathways of the Zoo where the family can spend a day seeing and experiencing familiar and exotic species from the across the animal kingdom.
But while a short walk over to the Zoo is a perk that all of us neighbors can enjoy, the youngest visitors to the Zoo this season will be really excited to take a ride aboard the recently unveiled ‘SEPTA PZ Express’. Located just beyond the Children’s Zoo, the ride is a quaint, Victorian-style train experience that has been re-imagined with a modern SEPTA -style train logo that’s also intertwined with the tails of familiar animals from a few different species.
At first glance, adults will see a short ride around a loop, but the entire experience is designed to include a multi-layered learning opportunity for the kids who hop aboard.
“Our partnership with Philadelphia Zoo and the ‘SEPTA PZ Express’ allows us to capture not only the magic of a child’s first train ride, but also introduces them to the idea of using public transportation for a lifetime,” says SEPTA General Manager, Joseph M. Casey “In one 360 degree trip, we have the opportunity to show kids how to board and ride trains safely, while reinforcing the theme that transit is an environmental choice that preserves the world and its wildlife”
Tickets for the ‘SEPTA PZ Express’ are $3.00 per person with regular admission. SEPTA pass holders receive $1 off the ticket price (on up to 4 tickets). Just present your regular SEPTA TransPass, TrailPass, One Day Independence Pass or SEPTA Employee ID at ticket office to receive your discount. For more information about the “SEPTA PZ Express” including hours of operation, or to purchase tickets please visit http://www.PhiladephiaZoo.org.