Yes, Tweetsie Railroad is operating according to the regulations set by the state of North Carolina for outdoor amusement parks and rides. We have adapted our operations to provide the best experience for you and your family -- all while keeping your health and safety a priority. Please visit the Park Updates page to review the latest policies and procedures.
Yes, Due to North Carolina state-mandated capacity limitations, all visitors (including Season Pass holders) are required to obtain advance tickets for a specific day and train ride time. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone at 877-TWEETSIE (893-3874). Golden Rail Season Pass holders can call this number to reserve a date and train ride time.
We offer discounts for general admission tickets for AAA Members, Active Military, and Active North Carolina State Employees along with their immediate family. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Ticket Office with a valid ID to receive the discount. We highly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance to guarantee admission and a train ride on a specific date.
Please note: There are NO discounts available for Day Out With Thomas™, Ghost Train®, or Tweetsie Christmas®.
Would you like to visit Tweetsie Railroad again this season? The Ticket Office will gladly take your ticket stub on the day you visit the park and credit the purchase price toward a Tweetsie Railroad Golden Rail Season Pass.
Making a purchase in a Tweetsie Railroad Gift Shop? You don’t have to carry that package all day. Just ask any shop attendant about our Package Pickup program. Your package(s) will be waiting for you at the Happy Trails Toy Shop when you are ready to leave the park.
We recommend allowing at least five or six hours for your park visit. When you enter the park, you will receive a park map along with the daily show schedule to help plan out your day.
Rain showers can be brief. If it rains, try visiting our indoor attractions such as the Tweetsie Palace Can-Can Revue, Palace Magic show, Hopper and Porter’s™ Musical Celebration on Miner's Mountain, or the Arcade. Rain ponchos may be purchased at any of our retail shops. If our rides have to be shut down for the remainder of the day due to rain or thunderstorms, you can get a rain check so you can return to Tweetsie Railroad another day during the current season.
Rain checks are not valid for admission to Day Out With Thomas™ or the evening Ghost Train® and Tweetsie Christmas® events.
The weather in the Blue Ridge Mountains is very unpredictable. We encourage you to check the local weather forecast for Blowing Rock prior to your visit so you can dress appropriately.
The parking area for Guests with Disabilities is located next to the front entrance. All vehicles using a designated disability parking space must have a state or province issued license plate or disability tag.
Parking is free for all Guests
Yes. Sections of the park are level; however, due to mountain terrain, there are some hills. There is a bus that runs regularly from the Tweetsie Palace up to Miner’s Mountain. Both the Wild West Train (second car) and Mouse Mine Train are accessible for standard-sized wheelchairs. All show and food venues are wheelchair-accessible. For your convenience, you may want to consider entering the venue 15 minutes prior to the published show time to allow easier access
Wheelchairs are available for rent at the Photo Depot on Main Street ($10 per day). Guests are encouraged to bring their own wheelchair. The park has a limited supply and they are rented on a first-come, first served basis and cannot be reserved in advance. Please note: the park does not have electric wheelchairs or electric convenience vehicles (ECV) for rent.
(Rentals will not be carried over to the next day on an "After 3:00 Next Day Free" ticket.) Tweetsie Railroad does not rent motorized wheelchairs.
Nursing mothers may use the First Aid Station in the Depot building on Main Street. See the First Aid staff member for access. Diaper-changing facilities are located in all restrooms except those at the Tweetsie Palace and the Ticket Office.
Strollers and wagons are available for rent at the Photo Depot on Main Street ($10 per day). Guests are encouraged to bring their own stroller. There is a limited supply and they are rented on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved in advance.
We encourage guests with special dietary needs to inform food services when ordering. We will do our best to accommodate you. But remember, food from home is always welcomed in the park.
Pets must remain on a leash and attended at all times. Pets are not allowed on the train, on rides, in the Deer Park Zoo, the bus, or on the Chair Lift. Please have a member of your party look after your pet while you ride the train and other rides. Pets are also prohibited in food service areas.
Yes, Tweetsie welcomes service animals, as that term is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Consistent with the ADA, a service animal may be excluded from venues, rides, or attractions when the service animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others; permitting the service animal would require a fundamental alteration in the nature of Tweetsie’s operations; the service animal is not under control; or the service animal is not housebroken. For example, a service animal may be excluded from rides on which the service animal cannot be safely restrained from falling or being ejected. Service dogs are also excluded from the Deer Park Petting Zoo due to the presence of natural prey animals that could become aggressive or agitated by the service dog’s presence. If your service animal is excluded from a particular venue, ride, or attraction, Tweetsie will work with you and your party so that you can enjoy the venue, ride, or attraction without your service animal.
Because Tweetsie welcomes pets to the park, it might not always be obvious that a particular animal is a service animal. In those circumstances, as permitted by the ADA, the staff member might ask you whether the animal is a service animal required because of a disability and what work or tasks the animal is trained to perform.
Emotional assistance animals, comfort animals, and other assistance animals that do not meet the ADA’s definition of service animal are welcome to attend the park, but will not be permitted in any area where pets are not permitted.
All Guests must wear attire suitable for a family park. Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times. Bathing suits must be sufficiently covered. Profanity or other distasteful or suggestive material on clothing is prohibited. Tweetsie Railroad reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone not properly attired.
Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is permitted only in the Designated Smoking Areas conveniently located throughout the park. Smoking is specifically prohibited in all buildings, on the train, on all rides, and while waiting in lines.
Due to ADA regulations, we do not offer a discount for guests with disabilities or pregnant women. General Daily Admission tickets, Special Event tickets and Golden Rail Season Pass prices apply.
Drones, skateboards, hover boards, remote control toys, scooters, inline skates, shoes with built-in wheels, and other recreational transportation devices cannot be used in the park.