See the animals, ride the rail at the Brevard Zoo

You can get up-close and personal with giraffes at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne. (Orlando Sentinel file / February 5, 2011)
You can get up-close and personal with giraffes at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne. (Orlando Sentinel file / February 5, 2011)

by Jim Abbott
Florida Travel Postcards from Florida

“You won’t look ridiculous.”

Always nice to hear, in this case from the woman selling me a ticket for the train ride at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne.

When I saw the “train” pull into the station, however, I began to suspect that she was just being kind. For some reason, I envisioned riding the rails on one of those magnificent antique locomotives that circle Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

Iron horse? This was more aluminum Shetland pony.

Nevertheless, the ride was delightful, a 20-minute open-air excursion that offered glimpses of giraffes, ostriches, camels and antelope. Delightful also would describe the zoo, which is absolutely worth the day-trip from Orlando, especially as we come into the fine spring weather.

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