All Aboard the St. Mary's Express

Description: Come on up to St. Mary's to take a ride on the St. Mary's Express.   Ride in an open-air rail car through woodlands, marshlands, and picturesque Borell Creek.  Narrators will provide a glimpse into yesteryear and midway stop provides a visit from historic characters from our country's founding.

We will be planning to board the 4pm ride (boarding time is at 3:30).  After the train ride we (at least those who want to) will have dinner then take a photo walk through historic St. Mary's and finish with the sunset.

So come on out for a picturesque train ride through nature and history.

Recommended Skill Level: All

Recommended Photography Gear: Camera.  Tripod if you are staying for the sunset.


Open Air Railcar Rides

Adults $17

Children (3-12) $11

Children under 2 FREE

Processing fee of $3 each plus sales tax will be added to ticket price (Visa, MasterCard, & Discover cards accepted)



Pick up tickets at will call window.

JPMG Discount:

Get $2 off ($15) by paying cash the day of the meetup by mentioning you are with the Jacksonville Photography Meetup Group at the ticket window.

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Please note that our meetups are intended to be open and welcoming to all members (even non-members :-) ). The recommended skill level and gear are intended as guidelines for photographers to decide what meetups will suit them best.

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  • Frank

    Had a great day

    June 29

  • Rob B.

    My wife and I were talking about taking this train trip, when we were up there a couple of weeks ago. But with me having surgery Friday, it's not going to be this weekend. :(

    June 23

    • Frank

      Bummer dude, hope the surgery goes well. The good news is they'll be doing rides for a couple weekends in October - good chance we will be on one.

      2 · June 23

    • Roxie G.

      Hope your surgery goes well, Rob!

      1 · June 27

  • Roxie G.

    Would love to join you all, but am currently in Indiana! Have fun on the train, and take some awesome photos.

    June 27

  • Myra S.

    Richard and I would love to join this meet-up in St. Mary's, however the weather does not look good for riding in an open train car ? Anyone else have concerns about the weather ?

    June 23

    • Frank

      The problem with the weather is that even if it is predicted to rain all day, there very well may be breaks at the time of the meetup (it does happen). For what it worth the rail cars are covered.

      June 23

    • Myra S.

      Weather is looking good for Saturday.

      1 · June 26

  • Sharon J.

    Frank. Is there seat in on the rail car.

    June 23

    • Frank

      Yes the rail cars have seating. Basically a long bench running the length of the car.

      1 · June 23

  • Nik O.

    Got to work. Have fun.

    June 23

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