Tweetsie Railroad on track for summer fun

All Aboard for Family Fun

All aboard! 

Tweetsie Railroad has pulled into station for summer, bringing along Wild West adventure for the whole family.

The park’s 59th season will host a diverse lineup of special events, including fan favorites like Day Out With Thomas, the Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza and Tweetsie’s Ghost Train Halloween Festival, as well as a first-time appearance from the colorful characters of Team Umizoomi.

Tweetsie has plenty for the whole family to explore, from a variety of amusement rides and live entertainment, to games at the county fair and panning for gold at Miner’s Mountain. 

Take a stroll through Tweetsie’s very own authentic Western town, where you can go back in time to experience the days of the Old West. And don’t forget about the park’s centerpiece: a three-mile ride through the winding and breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains behind Tweetsie Railroad’s historic steam locomotives.

Be sure to check out one of Tweetsie’s live shows. Sit back and relax while watching Diamond Lil’s Can-Can Revue, featuring the renowned Tweetsie Can-Can Dancers. Join in the fun at the Miner’s Mountain Magic Show, where guests are invited to take part in illusions and slight-of-hand tricks that will baffle any skeptic. 

Dance along with the Tweetsie Cloggers at the Tweetsie Country Clogging Jamboree. Or help Hopper (Tweetsie’s rabbit engineer) and Porter (its turtle conductor) keep the train running on time at Hopper and Porter’s Musical Celebration.

Tweetsie Railroad is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Memorial Day Monday, and seven days a week from May 29 through Aug. 16. 

The park returns to the weekend schedule Aug. 17 to Nov. 1, including Labor Day Monday. The 2015 season ends Sunday, Nov. 1. 

The park’s regular hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but will be open until 9 p.m. on July 4 for the Fireworks Extravaganza and June 20 and 27 and July 11, 18 and 25 for Cool Summer Nights. 

Daily admission to Tweetsie Railroad is $41 for adults and $27 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and younger are admitted free. 

The Ghost Train Halloween Festival will take place Friday and Saturday nights Sept. 25 through Oct. 31, from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., with an admission price of $34 for adults and children. Tickets and Golden Rail Season Passes are available at

Tweetsie Railroad is located on U.S. 321, between Boone and Blowing Rock. For more information, visit, or call 877-TWEETSIE.

Season Highlights

• David Holt and the Lightning Bolts

Sunday, May 31

Tweetsie Railroad hosts four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt and the Lightning Bolts for a one-day only special performance. David Holt and the Lightning Bolts enliven old-time music with a new-time jolt. Holt recently released a one-hour television show, “David Holt’s State of Music,” that aired on UNC-TV.


• Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour

June 5-14

Hop aboard with Thomas the Tank Engine as he chugs his way through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Children can meet and take pictures with Sir Topham Hatt, listen to Thomas and Friends storytelling, and enjoy activities in the Imagination Station. Advance tickets are suggested, as tickets are limited for this very popular event.


• Team Umizoomi 

June 19-21

They’re mighty. They’re mini. They’re math superheroes! Nick Jr.’s beloved characters, Team Umizoomi, will visit Tweetsie Railroad to entertain and take pictures with guests for this first time this summer. 


• Fireworks Extravaganza

Saturday, July 4

Tweetsie Railroad will once again hold a Fourth of July extravaganza, complete with a night full of dazzling fireworks. The park will remain open until 9 p.m., and fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Parking is $10 per car for this event.


• Cool Summer Nights 

June 20 and 27, July 11, 18 and 25

This popular event is back, letting park visitors enjoy cool summer evenings at Tweetsie Railroad during select Saturdays in June and July. On these nights, the park will remain open until 9 p.m. to make more time for family fun and adventure.


• Scooby-Doo and Shaggy

July 10-12

Meet the Cartoon Network’s Scooby Doo and his crime-fighting friend, Shaggy, during their return visit to Tweetsie Railroad. And make sure to bring your Scooby snacks!


• K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs

July 18-26

Are you a dog lover? Then you won’t want to miss this talented team of canines that delight audiences by jumping, flipping, diving and catching flying discs that defy gravity. Be prepared to be amazed each day at Tweetsie Railroad, when they perform at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Saturday nights only). 


• Riders In The Sky

Aug. 8-9

Enjoy a performance full of Western harmony and humor that has been captivating audiences of all ages since 1977. This multi Grammy Award-winning quartet is an event not to be missed.


• Railroad Heritage Weekend

Aug. 29-30

Celebrate the rich history of steam railroading and tour the famous Tweetsie Railroad Train Shop, as the park hosts its annual Railroad Heritage Weekend. The weekend will also include performances and demonstrations by the Cherokee Tsalagi Touring Program.


Ghost Train Halloween Festival

Friday and Saturday nights Sept. 25 to Oct. 31

All aboard Tweetsie’s Ghost Train for a nighttime ride with spooky engineer Casey Bones that’s full of thrills and chills, as the park hosts its 26th annual Ghost Train Halloween Festival. Don’t miss the Haunted House, Freaky Forest, trick-or-treating and other Halloween-themed attractions that provide a safe, family-friendly night of Halloween adventure.

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For grandeur, breathtaking mountain views and natural history, it’s hard to beat the Blowing Rock tourist attraction, located near the Watauga County/Caldwell County line just south of Blowing Rock.

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Nothing says summer in the High Country like the friendly yet forceful train whistle blasting out its notice at Tweetsie Railroad. You can hear the whistle from Boone to Blowing Rock, from Valle Crucis to Triplett, all summer long.

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BLOWING ROCK — For the first time in more than 25 years, Fridays and Saturdays in late November and December at Tweetsie Railroad will be a hub of activity as the park presents Tweetsie Christmas.

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There are milestones and then there are milestones. Tweetsie Railroad is celebrating two very significant birthdays this year: the 60th anniversary of North Carolina’s first theme park and the centennial of Tweetsie’s engine #12.

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BLOWING ROCK — On April 7, the Blue Ridge Mountains will echo the familiar “tweet, tweet!” of Tweetsie Railroad’s historic steam engines when the theme park opens for its 60th Anniversary season.

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Halloween in the High Country is certain to keep you on your toes with countless spooky opportunities, from corn mazes to haunted trails.

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Families will soon have another reason to visit the High Country beginning next season: construction is underway on High Gravity Adventure, a new aerial adventure park located next to Tweetsie Railroad.

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Starting Sept. 26 and continuing every Friday and Saturday night through Nov. 1, the Ghost Train howls its way through the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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The blare of old Tweetsie’s whistle and the crackling sound of gunfire from the revolvers of determined cowboys defending their Blowing Rock fort will be only background noise, as Riders in the Sky take the theme park’s stage on Aug. 9 and 10 to showcase family fun and American classics.

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Tweetsie will also host a favorite annual event once again this year, when K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs, a group of incredibly talented rescue dogs, soar into the park July 19 to 27. These gravity-defying canines will entertain park guests for nine days, with three daily performances at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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