Mardi Gras Limited – Bourbon & Beignets

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!   Mardi Gras inspired graphic

“Let the Good Times Roll!”

Mardi Gras, while generally associated with New Orleans, 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 the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum Depot for a rail excursion to Ozan Winery & Distillery. Arrive at the festively lighted trackside at the vineyard and get a taste of Yella Hound Spirits. Take a short walk up the hill to the tasting room to start your adventure together!

While at the winery, guests will receive a sampling of wines paired with traditional New Orleans cuisine small bites. Taste favorites like Chardonnay, Peach and Pinot Noir and others! An additional tasting of Ozan’s own 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 Mardi Gras Limited experience lasts approximately 1½ hours including the roundtrip train ride through the woods and time spent trackside and 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:

  • Depart from the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum at the Calera Depot
  • Short train excursion to Ozan Winery & Distillery
  • Trackside cocktail sampling
  • Wine tasting of five pre-selected wines
  • Traditional New Orleans themed cuisine small bite plates, paired with a sampling of wines like Chardonnay, Peach and Pinot Noir
  • Founder's Cut Straight Bourbon Whiskey tasting with a sweet French treat
  • 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!
  • Special event ticket sales are final. There are no exchanges or refunds for tickets purchased.

Ticket Information

Plan to arrive approximately 45 minutes prior to your scheduled train departure. Traffic is persistently unpredictable and difficult to navigate. Having some time to spare upon arrival will give you necessary time to:

Ticket Prices

  • Join the Party: $49.50 (single ticket)
  • Bring the Party: $99

Which Train Car Can We Ride?

  • Frisco Coach No. 1062:
    The Frisco is the most historic car to travel on the Mardi Gras Limited. Built in 1910, passengers are seated in side-by-side pairs of seats all facing a single direction.
  • Long Island Coach No. 2972:
    Known as the "party car," for its notable passenger capacity, this large, brightly decorated car offers extra leg room between facing seats in groups of four to six.
  • Lower Eagle and Upper Dome Coach No. 892:
    This unique car offers not only comfortable Lower Eagle seating, but also a smaller upper level covered by a glass planetarium dome! Lower Eagle seats face each other in groups of four, while the Upper Dome offers side-by-side pairs of seats, all facing a single direction.

Get Tickets!


Important Ticket Information:

Train tickets are non-refundable. However our ticket team is happy to apply any unused travel funds to a train ride at a different date/time in the same operating season (March-October).

Infant Tickets

Infants under 24 months old ride free of charge, but must remain in an adult's lap at all times. For your safety, strollers and infant car seat carriers are not permitted aboard the train.

Stay on Track!

Our team has worked hard to ensure a safe and relaxing time for your family onboard our train. Upon arrival at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, please stay on track by agreeing 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.

Limited Accessible Seating Available:

Except for certain special events, if someone in your party needs to reserve a space for a wheelchair, please add all other passengers' tickets to your order first and at checkout, you will be asked to add the ADA space reservation to complete your order.

Wheelchair Accessibility

Our train has wheelchair accessible accommodations on the Long Island 2972 and Open Air Car 1121. Wheelchair loading and unloading only occurs at the Calera Depot using a MobiLift wheelchair lift by Adaptive Engineering Inc. We do not have wheelchair boarding capabilities at stops such as Ozan Winery or our special events "Meadow" . Note: A person in your party must be in a wheelchair to purchase this ticket. This is only a space for a wheelchair, no seat is provided.

More information about accessibility can found on our ADA Information page.

Refreshments

Snacks and drinks are available for purchase at our Gift Shop and during special events at the Meadow. Meadow purchases are cash only. The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum's policy is that no food or drinks may be brought on the train. Please finish refreshments prior to boarding at the depot or Meadow. This policy also applies to any intermediate train stops where food or drinks may be sold.

Restrooms

There are no working restrooms on our vintage railcars. Please use the restroom at the Gift Shop prior to boarding.