Take part in an exclusive one-of-kind experience with the Maryland Zoo’s Jones Falls Zephyr Train ride. This 45-minute guided program will take you behind the scenes of this popular attraction where you will work alongside our Jones Falls Zephyr Train Engineer to learn what goes into running the train. You will also be officially recognized as our Engineer of the Day and receive a commemorative certificate as well as whistle-blowing privileges!

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  • Time: Daily, 9:30 am
  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Group size: The experience includes one engineer and one guest
  • Reservations are required one month in advance
  • Program available from March 1 to October 31





  • FREE Zoo general admission for Engineer and one guest is included. Additional guests may be added for the cost of general admission or ZooMORE ticket.
  • Unlimited train rides for Engineer and one guest the day of the program
  • Five FREE train rides that are valid for one year from date of program
  • The opportunity to work alongside the Jones Falls Zephyr Train Engineer as they conduct safety checks and morning maintenance
  • Train whistle blowing privileges for the morning’s first departure
  • Announcement of name over the PA system as Engineer for a Day
  • An engineer’s cap and bandana
  • Recognition at the Jones Falls Zephyr Train Station as the Engineer for a Day
  • A certificate as a reminder of your special day



Available for 7-years-old and older:

  • $89 for Zoo Members
  • $99 for Non-members

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Zoo members, to receive your ticket discount you must first register on the Zoo’s online store. Click below to register if you don’t already have an account. Once you do, you’ll automatically receive your discount at checkout.




  • Zoo General Admission for Engineer and one guest only included with program
  • Additional guests may be added for the cost of general admission or ZooMORE ticket
  • Engineer must be at least 7 years old to participate in this program
  • Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult
  • Engineer will ride in the Engineer seat with a Jones Falls Zephyr Train Engineer and have train whistle blowing privileges only. Engineer will not be allowed to drive the train
  • Cost cannot be used towards a membership
  • No other discounts apply


  • One Engineer per program, per day
  • Program is weather and staff dependent. The Zoo reserves the right to cancel the program or end the program for any reason, including guest behavior.
  • Once purchased, Engineer program tickets cannot be returned or refunded. Tickets are non-transferrable and cannot be used on a different day.
  • Reservations may be changed up to 72 hours before the scheduled program and are subject to a $15 Administrative Change Fee. Changes are not permitted within 72 hours of scheduled program. Contact us at or call 443-992-4585.
  • Engineer (guest) should be in good health to ride.
  • Engineer (guest) must be able to maintain proper riding position and appropriately utilize the seatbelt on the engineer seat.
  • Engineer (guest) has a duty to exercise good judgment and act in a responsible manner while participating in the Engineer for a Day program and to follow all verbal and written instructions.
  • Engineer (guest) must be able to step up into the ride or be assisted into the ride by a responsible adult.
  • Engineer (guest) must be able to remain sitting up straight, keeping their head upright during the duration of the train ride and arms, legs, and feet inside the train at all times.
  • The train engineer seat is not designed for accessibility to a service animal. Therefore, a member of your party must be available to stay with the service animal while Engineer rides with the Jones Falls Zephyr Train Engineer.
  • The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore reserves the right to make the final determination regarding eligibility of a Guest to ride based on the Guest’s size, weight (limit 340 lbs), height or other safety limitations.

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Engineer For A Day questions?

Call 443-992-4585 from 10AM-4PM daily or email