We’re always encouraged by guests and prospective customers who wish to know more about us. We know we are certainly unique in the entertainment and food services we offer the public. Therefore, for all those seeking a great dinner out with a murder mystery in Fort Myers, FL, we are happy to present this page of FAQs. Here you’ll be able to find the answers to all manner of questions about the Murder Mystery Dinner Train. These include inquiries about our service-animal policies, food-allergen information, ticket prices, train departure times, length of the rides, dress code, and much more.

We’re happy to answer all these questions because we like distinguishing ourselves as unique among Florida dinner train and dinner theaters. Once you learn more about us, we’re sure you’ll agree that your experience with the Murder Mystery Dinner Train will be one you’ll never forget. And to learn more specific information about various aspects of our business, visit the category pages at the top of our site. There’s a lot to learn, especially about our holiday dinner trains in Lee County. We thank you for your interest!

 

***COVID-19 TEMPORARY SHUTDOWN***RE-OPENING JANUAARY 27, 2021***

We are re-opening in January 2021, kicking off our 30th Anniversary Season with "The Illusion of Death".  We are accepting on-line reservations for the first train on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 and later for our regular five (5) nights a week schedule (Wed-Sun) as well as our holiday events.  Our reservations staff will be available to take your call on a limited basis (9AM to 5PM Mon-Fri).

Our restart plan and procedures will be based on appropriate guidance for our unique venue and experience to keep our passengers and staff safe.  We will continue to monitor the situation and will communicate further information as our reopening date approaches.  Thank you for your patience, as we all look forward to getting back on track in 2021.

Seminole Gulf Railway asks for and collects a nominal amount of information from the person who books a reservation on one of its dinner/excursion trains.  This information such as name, address, telephone number, and email address is used to facilitate further contact with the individual about the upcoming reservation and for follow-up communication, including on-going marketing, directly or through third-party marketing firms, of future events and trains on Seminole Gulf Railway.  At no time does Seminole Gulf Railway sell its customer information.  All customer information is maintained on secure, proprietary database.  Any customer wishing to have their information removed, or to opt out of on-going marketing communications, should notify Seminole Gulf Railway at [email protected]

At no time does Seminole Gulf Railway keep physically or store electronically its customers' credit card information.  Any credit card information collected for the purposes of conducting the approved by the customer transaction is immediately destroyed.  Any online transactions made directly by the customer are processed immediately by our secure online processor, Authorize.net.  Only the record of the transaction, and not the full credit card data is transmitted to Seminole Gulf Railway.

We ask guests to dress as they would to any other fine dining restaurant and theater performance.  Our dining cars are fully air c conditioned and we recommend you bring a light jacket or sweater.

We ask guests to refrain from wearing ripped and torn clothing, "cut-offs", or beach attire.
Many, but not all, of our fixed menu items include at least one the following ingredients:
  • milk
  • peanuts
  • tree nuts/seeds
  • fish
  • shellfish
  • wheat
  • soy
  • eggs
Please check before making reservations if you have a allergy to one or more of these items.   Due to limited kitchen space and carrying capacity, we are not able to handle allergen separation requests.  Vegan/Vegetarian, or Gluten-Free Options are NOT available. Passengers are not permitted to bring their own food or beverages aboard the train.
Due to limited kitchen space and carrying capacity, Gluten-Free Options are NOT available.

Passengers are not permitted to bring their own food or beverages aboard the train.
Due to limited kitchen space and carrying capacity, Vegan / Vegetarian are NOT available.
Passengers are not permitted to bring their own food or beverages aboard the train.
No pets of any kind are not allowed aboard the train.  However, certified trained service dogs are permitted to accompany the person for whom they are trained to assist.  A service dog is NOT a pet.

A service animal is defined as follows:  It must be trained to perform a specific task for its owner to assist with his or her disability, e.g., a seeing eye dog.  Emotional support or comfort dogs are NOT service animals and therefore will not be permitted on the train.
 

Passengers must be aware that there are several factors to consider before deciding to ride with their service animal:

  1. The motion of the train, and the unnatural, high-pitched metallic sounds that the train makes as it goes over joints in the tracks may make some animals very uncomfortable.
  2. The train is narrow, and a walkway runs through it. Animals that are not accustomed to heavy and frequent foot traffic may be very uncomfortable. Service animals must not sit or lay down in a walkway as this presents a hazard to other guests and the animal. The service animal will not be permitted to sit on any of the seats but will be required to sit under the passenger’s seat or at his or her feet.
  3. Murder Mystery Dinner Train staff have been directed not to touch the service animal, but other customers may not understand the role of a service animal and may want to touch the service animal.
  4. Any food or water which the animal requires, and appropriate containers for serving food and water to the animal, should be provided by the owner. Sanitary toilet arrangements must also be made by the owner of the animal, and, in the interest of the health and safety of our guests, the staff of the train will not handle or dispose of animal droppings or urine for the owner.
  5. Should the service animal make a mess, urinate, deficate, or vomit on board the train, the owner will be subject to to a cleaning fee of $300.00.
  6. Should the service animal damage or destroy property of the railroad, or other passnegers, the owner of the animal is fully liable and and with bear the sole cost and expense of replacement.
For reservations, please call 239-275-8487, or use our convenient and secure online booking system.  Our friendly reservations staff is available Sunday-Tuesday from 9am to 5pm, and Wednesday-Saturday from 9am to 6pm.  Advanced purchase is required for all Dinner Train events.
Regularly Schedule Murder Mystery Dinner Train Prices effective September 15, 2020: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays $89.75* / Saturdays $92.75*

Special events and other trips may have different pricing.

*Per Person, NOT including Taxes or Gratuituies.   Coffee (regular or decaffeinated), Tea (regular only), and Iced Tea (regular only) are included with ticket price.  Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks (from our selections of beer, wine, drink specials and cocktails) may be purchased on board the train with a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express).  Prices, train and show schedules are subject to changes without notice. Certain holidays or special events may have different pricing.  Please check the Events page, or ask our Reservationists.  All prices, schedules, menus, hotel offerings and promotions are subject to change without notice and at the sole discretion of Seminole Gulf Railway.  Certain holidays or special events may have different pricing.  Please confirm the up to date price for your specific date through our secure online booking system or by calling our reservations staff at 239-275-8487.
We currently accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.  Please have your card ready when making your reservation over the phone or online.
From I-75 (Exit 136) From I-75, take exit 136 and head West on Colonial Boulevard. Drive west about three and one quarter miles.  After crossing Metro Pkwy, turn right immediately after passing McDonalds, at the entrance to the Lee County Public Education Center.  Then drive left back towards the railroad tracks to our coral colored station.

From US-41 (Cleveland Ave) From US-41, head East on Colonial Boulevard about three quarters of mile.  Immediately after crossing the railroad tracks, turn left into the entrance for the Lee County Public Education Center.  Then drive left back towards the railroad tracks to our coral colored station.

From Daniels Parkway heading north along Metro Parkway. Take Metro Parkway North approximately 6 miles from Daniels.  Using the right left turn lane, turn left onto Colonial Boulevard (heading west), then turn right immediately after passing McDonalds, at the entrance to the Lee County Public Education Center. Then drive left back towards the railroad tracks to our coral colored station.

From Downtown Fort Myers heading south along Metro Parkway. Proceed South on Metro Parkway to Winkler Avenue.  After crossing Winkler, continue south on Metro Parkway approximately ¼ of a mile and turn right onto the entrance road of the Lee County Education Center.  At the stop sign, turn left and proceed left around the parking lot loop road past the McDonalds, 5/3 Bank, and the used car dealer until you reach our coral colored passenger station.  You will see signs for Murder Mystery Dinner Train parking.  

Please allow an extra 20-30 minutes of travel time due to seasonal or construction traffic.
Book a hotel stay with us at package rates available only through Seminole Gulf Railway’s Murder Mystery Dinner Train to stay with one of our hotel partners like the Courtyard by Marriott or the Holiday Inn Edison/Downtown. Many offerings include a hot breakfast buffet at the hotel. Call our reservations staff to book your get-away package now 239-275-8487 or 1-800-SEM-GULF (736-4853). All room rates are double occupancy.  Any hotel rooms booked online are NOT confirmed until you have received a HOTEL confirmation number from one of our reservationists.
To purchase gift certificates please call 239-275-8487 locally or 1-800-SEM-GULF (736-4853) or purchase online. You can purchase gift certificates in whatever face value amount you wish. This original gift certificate must be surrendered at time of receipt of train tickets at the Colonial Station, 2805 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33996. Redeemable only for the $USD Amount stated on this gift certificate and applied only to the purchase of passenger tickets aboard the Seminole Gulf Railway, gift shop merchandise, beverage purchases, related hotel packages and applicable sales taxes. Not redeemable for cash. Non refundable. Reproductions will not be accepted. All ticket, beverage, merchandise, and hotel prices are subject to change without notice. Purchase of this gift certificate does not constitute the purchase a ticket for any train. Prepaid reservations are required for all trains to receive ticket.  $50 minimum for gift certificates.
We seat ALL guests at tables of four (4) in railroad dining tradition.  Parties of 1 or 2 people will most likely to be seated with another party of 1 or 2.  Parties of 5 or more people will be seated at multiple tables.  Our reservation staff will call you if they have any questions, and we ask that you call us if you have any questions or concerns about our seating policies and accommodations. Please call us at 239-275-8487 to discuss your special seating needs.
Yes. Prepaid advance reservations are required. Please call 239-275-8487 locally or 1-800-SEM-GULF (736-4853) to check availability or book your trip. No seats will be reserved for a given train without prepayment. Do not email reservation requests or cancellations.
All cancellations of prepaid reservations must be made by 12 noon of the day prior to the day of departure in order to receive a refund. Otherwise refunds are not available.
You may reach us at 239-275-8487 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., seven days a week except Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. The Colonial Station and Gift Shop are also open during those times. Reservationists are on duty up to the time of departure on train days.
All trains depart on-time from our Colonial Station in Fort Myers. All trains will return to that location. We ask that all guests arrive and check in at least forty-five minutes (45 minutes) (3/4 hour) before the posted departure time. Guests may board the train once it has arrived in the station. Please be sure to bring your confirmation page with you to present at time of check-in. If you are using a gift certificate to pay for a portion or all of your tickets, please bring the original gift certificate with you for redemption.
All trains depart from and return to our Colonial Station depot in Fort Myers located at 2805 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers FL 33966.
Yes.  This is a REAL train that travels along a working freight rail line serving Southwest Florida.  On most occasions, the Murder Mystery Dinner Train travels North from our Colonial Station to an area known as Tucker’s Grade (about a 20 mile journey).  The train then heads back south to the Colonial Station along the same route, for about a 40 mile round trip.  Our train, like all trains, does sway from side to side.
Free parking is available at the depot.
All of our dining cars are fully air conditioned.  We recommend bringing a light jacket or sweater.
Seating for passengers with wheelchairs are available on a first come first serve basis.  Do to the nature of the vintage railcars used on the dinner train, we have only one (1) dining car that can accommodate a standard size wheelchair.  That one dining cars has one (1) wheelchair accessible restroom.  Please call 1-800-SEM-GULF or locally 239-275-8487 to speak with a reservationist who will assist you in arranging and making reservations for your visit.
We have special rates for groups of 24 or more paying passengers on our Murder Mystery Dinner Train trips. Please contact Elizabeth Serowka for further details (1-800-SEM-GULF) or locally 239-275-8487.
No.  Smoking is not allowed on any part of the train, whether or not it is motion.
No.  The use of any vapor or gas emitting cigarette or cigar alternative device is not allowed on any portion of the train.
No.  The use of any smokeless tobacco product is not allowed on any portion of the train.
Our standard Wed-Sun Murder Mystery Dinner Train is a three and a half (3-1/2) hour round trip journey. However, certain special events such as our New Year’s Eve Gala are longer.
There are restrooms available throughout the train. Our staff will be happy to point out the locations for the closest restrooms.
Gratuity on your meal is $8 per person. Your beverage service is separate and not included in the meal price. Typical gratuity on the beverage service is 15-20% of your beverage purchase.
Consumer Advisory – Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions. – Section 3-603.11, FDA Food Code