Travel -- March 11, 2023: In just a few short weeks, one of North Carolina's most beloved attractions
will once again open its doors to visitors. 

Tweetsie Railroad, the Wild West-themed amusement park and train ride, is set to reopen on April 8, 2023!

Located in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, Tweetsie Railroad has been entertaining families for over 60 years. The park's main attraction is a steam-powered train ride that takes visitors on a journey through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Along the way, guests can enjoy live entertainment, shops, and themed rides and attractions.

Tweetsie Railroad is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and attention to detail. The park is designed to resemble an old western town, complete with saloons, general stores, and cowboy-themed shows. Visitors can even pan for gold and take a ride on a classic carousel.

But the train ride is the real highlight of the park. The locomotive, known as Engine Number 12, is a historic steam engine that was built in 1917. It pulls open-air passenger cars that offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains and countryside. During the ride, visitors are treated to a wild west shootout, complete with cowboys and bandits.

In addition to the train ride, Tweetsie Railroad offers a variety of other attractions for visitors of all ages. There are kiddie rides, a petting zoo, and a variety of shows and entertainment options. The park also hosts special events throughout the year, including a Halloween festival and a Christmas train ride. 

The reopening of Tweetsie Railroad in April 2023 is sure to be a welcome sight for families who have been cooped up due to the pandemic. The park has implemented a number of safety measures to ensure the health and well-being of its visitors, including increased cleaning and sanitization protocols, as well as social distancing guidelines.

With its unique blend of history, entertainment, and natural beauty, Tweetsie Railroad is truly one of North Carolina's hidden gems. Whether you're a local or a visitor from out of town, a trip to this Wild West-themed amusement park is sure to be a memorable experience.  

Tweetsie Railroad will open for its 2023 season with daytime operations beginning April 8, 2023, on Saturdays, and Sundays, 10 am - 6 pm. Featuring a family-friendly Wild West Adventure for children of all ages.

Visit for more information!

WNCtimes by Marjorie Farrington


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