Children of all ages can enjoy the antics of Peter Cottontail and other holiday characters on a special Easter season train excursion March 24 and 31 in St. Marys.
At 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm each day, St. Marys Express takes passengers on a journey through picturesque woodlands and marshlands with entertainment all along the way.
At the Midway stage, actors from St. Marys Little Theatre bring a fun Easter Bunny story to life with lovable characters including Peter Cottontail himself. As the train’s locomotive reverses directions, Peter Cottontail boards the train for the return trip and to host a special Easter Egg hunt back at the station.
According to event organizers, last year’s Peter Cottontail Express sold out early, and they expect the same to happen this year.
“Volunteers for St. Marys Little Theatre create engaging scenarios that get the passengers involved before, after, and during the train ride,” said Barbara Ryan, entertainment director for St. Marys Express. “We have many returning guests because they know that each excursion is an entirely new and different experience.”
Ryan said that 95% of all train passengers have come from out of the area, thus fueling the tourist trade for Camden County and helping restaurants, hotels, and retail establishments grow their customer base.
“The St. Marys Express train rides are giving people who have never come to St. Marys a reason to visit,” Ryan stated. “And it gives us an opportunity to introduce a whole new market to our other destination assets including Cumberland Island, our museums, our waterfront park and the many historic features of our town.”
The Peter Cottontail Express departs from Theatre by the Trax, 1000 Osborne Street in St. Marys, at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm March 24 and 31. Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children 12 and under. Children two and under ride free. Tickets can be purchased at www.stmarysrailroad.com or by calling 912-200-5235. Special group discounts are available for groups of ten or more by calling 912-729-1103 to get discount code.
Also, St. Marys Express’s popular AT THE THROTTLE experience is also offered on all train dates. AT THE THROTTLE gives someone (must be 16 or older) an opportunity to actually run the diesel locomotive. Cost is $150 and reservations for AT THE THROTTLE must be made ahead of time by calling 912-729-1103.
Future St. Marys Express excursions slated for this year include the brand new Storybook Express May 19 & 26, Halloween Express October 20 & 27, and Santa Express November 24, December 1, 8 & 15. A complete train schedule can be found at www.stmarysrailroad.com.