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Can you hear the whistle echoing through the mountains? Tweetsie Railroad opens April 6

Can you hear the whistle echoing through the mountains? Tweetsie Railroad opens April 6

CONTACT: Cathy Robbins (828) 264-9061;

Blowing Rock, N.C. (March 8, 2018) -- On April 6, 2018, the Blue Ridge Mountains will hear the familiar “tweet, tweet!” of Tweetsie Railroad’s historic steam engines when the theme park opens. Guests will experience a Wild West adventure complete with family-friendly entertainment, rides and special events all season long.

The 2018 season at North Carolina’s first theme park will include annual events such as the July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, Day Out With Thomas™, K-9’s In Flight Frisbee® Dogs, the award-winning Ghost Train® and more. Daytime operations for Tweetsie Railroad will continue through October 28. For the second year, the theme park will be open every Friday and Saturday night, November 23 through December 29 for the spectacular Tweetsie Christmas holiday event.

Tweetsie Railroad offers plenty of fun for the entire family. Whether it’s hopping aboard a train pulled by a historic steam locomotive for an exciting three-mile Wild West adventure, panning for gold, meeting cowboys and Can-Can girls, or strolling through an authentic Western town, the theme park has something for everyone. Families can explore amusement rides, gem mining and the Deer Park Zoo – home to more than 90 animals including deer, emus, goats, llamas and miniature horses. Tweetsie Railroad also offers plenty of live entertainment including the Country Clogging Jamboree, Diamond Lil’s Can-Can Review, and Tweetsie Railroad’s own Hopper and Porter show.  

The 2018 season will feature a variety of events that will provide many opportunities for exciting and memorable trips to Tweetsie Railroad:  

David Holt and the Lightning Bolts in Concert — Saturday, May 26
Four-time Grammy recipient David Holt comes to Tweetsie Railroad to give visitors an old-time music experience with a new twist. Come enjoy all-American music and humorous stories at the noon and 3:00 p.m. shows.  

Day Out With Thomas™ — June 8-17
Thomas the Tank Engine™ has come all the way from the Island of Sodor to Tweetsie Railroad. To make sure Thomas is right on time and available to take photos with guests, Sir Topham Hatt will be managing the station during the event. A limited number of tickets are available; buying tickets for this event in advance is required in order to ensure a train ride.

Fireworks Extravaganza — July 4th 
It’s no secret that Tweetsie Railroad presents the biggest July 4th fireworks display in Western North Carolina, and this year’s extravaganza will be a show stopper! Join Tweetsie Railroad in celebrating America’s birthday with an evening of park rides and entertainment. The park is open until 9:00 p.m., and the fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m. Guests can make the night even more special by purchasing an optional buffet dinner and V.I.P. viewing area.

Cool Summer Nights — July 7, 14, 21, 28
Cool off in the mountains this summer during Tweetsie Railroad’s Cool Summer Nights, when temperatures can be substantially cooler than the surrounding areas. Wild West entertainment and park rides will be open until 9:00 p.m.  

SpongeBob SquarePants™ and Patrick Star™  — July  13-15
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob SquarePants . . . and now he is on land for you to see! Join SpongeBob and his best pal Patrick Star for a meet and greet that is above the rest! Appearances will take place at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

K-9s In Flight Frisbee® Dogs — July 21-29
These aren’t your average canines! You’ll be blown away by incredible performances by this team of talented dogs performing acrobatic routines. There will be three shows daily at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., plus a special evening show at 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays. 

Riders In The Sky — August 11-12
Riders In The Sky, America’s Favorite Cowboys, will perform their famous Western music and comedy blend at noon and 3:00 p.m. each day. The quartet has been together for more than 30 years and has received Grammy Awards for “Best Musical Album for Children” including the song “Woody’s Round Up” from the hit movie “Toy Story 2” and the companion album for “Monsters, Inc.” 

Railroad Heritage Weekend — August 25-26
Steam locomotives in the Blue Ridge Mountains have a history that goes back to the 1800s! Come celebrate Railroad Heritage Weekend at Tweetsie Railroad with special train rides, performances by the Cherokee dancers, crafts from the Tsa-La-Gi Touring Program and tours of the Steam Locomotive Repair Shop. This year’s Railroad Heritage Weekend will also celebrate the 75th birthday of locomotive No. 190, the "Yukon Queen."

Ghost Train® — Friday and Saturday nights, September 21–October 27
Tweetsie Railroad will host a Halloween celebration the whole family can enjoy! Ghost Train includes trick-or-treating, the Freaky Forest, the Haunted House and more. Ghost Train has been named one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society. A limited number of tickets are available; buying tickets in advance is required in order to ensure admission.

Tweetsie Christmas — Friday and Saturday evenings, November 23 – December 29
Celebrate all the joys of the holiday season when the park transforms into a winter wonderland for Tweetsie Christmas. Enjoy a train ride through an enchanted land of twinkling lights, visit with Santa, go to the live Christmas show and more. Your family can even pick out the perfect Christmas tree while you’re here! A limited number of tickets are available; buying tickets for this event in advance is required in order to ensure admission.

About Tweetsie Railroad 
Tweetsie Railroad opens for the 2018 season on April 6th.  Hours and dates vary; check before planning your visit.

Daytime admission is $45 for adults, $30 for children (ages 3 to 12) and free for children 2 and under. Admission prices for Ghost Train and Tweetsie Christmas are $38 for adults and children. 

Tweetsie Railroad is located on U.S. Highway 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. For more information about Tweetsie Railroad, visit or call 877.TWEETSIE (877.898.3874).

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300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock, NC 28605