Mardi Gras Limited

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!Mardi Gras inspired graphic

“Let the Good Times Roll!”

Although Mardi Gras is generally associated with New Orleans, the festive holiday was actually born in the port city of Mobile, Alabama! So, as Alabama’s official railroad museum, the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum is partnering with Ozan Winery & Distillery to bring up a little bit of the cuisine, music and fun that reminds you of the biggest party in the South!

All Aboard for Mardi Gras

Depart from the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum Depot for a rail excursion to Ozan Winery & Distillery. Arrive at the festively lighted trackside at the vineyard, take a short walk up the hill to the tasting room, and start your adventure together!

While at the winery, receive a sampling of Yella Hound Spirits and wines paired with traditional Mardi Gras cuisine small bites. Taste favorites like Chardonnay, Peach and Pinot Noir and others. An additional tasting of Ozan’s own Founder’s Cut Straight Bourbon Whiskey will be paired with a sweet French treat to enjoy. All wines and spirits will be available for purchase by the bottle for you to take home. ID required

Event Detailsmardi Gras inspired Graphic

The evening’s experience lasts approximately 1½ hours including the roundtrip train ride through the woods and time spent at Ozan Winery. For even more festive fun, dress in your Mardi Gras best – but please wear appropriate shoes for an outdoor terrain walk up a gentle hill to the tasting rooms.

  • Enclosed seating only
    • Limited availability.
    • Advance purchase required.
  • Bottle purchase for all wines and spirits available prior to return departure – receive 15% off all wines!


  • Departure Times*:
    • Saturday at 4:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Central
    • Sunday at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Central
  • Boarding begins 15 minutes before scheduled train departure.
  • Ages 21+ only. ID required.
    • Limited availability.
    • Advance purchase required.

* Evenings prior to Fat Tuesday

Get Tickets!

Important Ticket Information:

Train tickets and/or charter reservation deposits are non-refundable. However, our ticket team is happy to transfer any unused travel funds to a train ride at a different date/time in the same operating season (March-October). Some exclusions may apply. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Visitor Tips

  • The train crew strives to keep all train departures precisely on schedule. Plan to arrive approximately 60 minutes prior to your scheduled departure to provide you with enough time to be in position for timely boarding.
  • There are no working restrooms on our vintage rail cars. Please ensure adequate time to use the restroom at the Gift Shop prior to boarding.
  • Outside food and drinks other than bottled water are only permissible in the open-air cars and are not allowed in any historic enclosed coach.
  • Passengers may select their preferred train car at boarding. Seats are unassigned onboard the train.
  • Infants under 24 months old may ride free of charge but must remain in an adult's lap. For your safety, strollers and infant car seat carriers are not permitted aboard the train.

ADA Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible accommodations are available on the Long Island No. 2972 and Open Air Car No. 1121. Wheelchair loading and unloading only occurs at the Calera Depot using a MobiLift wheelchair lift. Wheelchair boarding capabilities are unavailable at stops such as Ozan Winery.

NOTE: A person in your party must be in a wheelchair to purchase the wheelchair space ticket. This is only a secure space for a wheelchair, no seat is provided. More information about the museum's accessibility and ADA compliance can found on our ADA Information page.

Stay on Track!

Our team has worked hard to ensure a safe and relaxing time for your family onboard our train. Please be sure to follow all verbal directions from your car hosts and adhere to all posted safety and sanitation guidelines on the train and throughout the grounds.