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