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Cool Summer Nights return to Tweetsie

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Article Published: Jun. 21, 2012 | Modified: Jul. 29, 2012
Cool Summer Nights return to Tweetsie

Tweetsie Railroad is firing up the engine for Cool Summer Nights, returning to the theme park July 7, 14, 21 and 28.

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Tweetsie Railroad is once again celebrating long summer days with extended hours of family fun on select nights in July during its Cool Summer Nights event.

When the sun begins to drop behind the Blue Ridge Mountains, the day turns to dusk and the fireflies begin their nightly performance, guests will see the park in a whole new light.

Tweetsie’s newest program features four special evenings on July 7, 14, 21 and 28. On these dates, the park will stay open until 9 p.m., and guests can enjoy a variety of Tweetsie activities — rides, attractions, food and, of course, an exciting Wild West train ride behind Tweetsie’s famed steam locomotive.

“Family fun never ends throughout the streets of Tweetsie Railroad’s very own Western town, where you can experience the long-ago era of cowboys and Indians. Guests can also take a scenic chair lift ride back in time and experience the gold rush while panning for gold at Miner’s Mountain,” according to Tweetsie officials.

“Tweetsie Railroad is a special place for people to enjoy and make lasting memories, so it’s only natural that visitors would like some extra time here during those long summer days,” said Cathy Robbins, Tweetsie Railroad marketing director. “The Tweetsie Railroad staff looks forward to these extended days of family fun and adventure once again during Cool Summer Nights.”

Tweetsie Railroad is open seven days a week through Aug. 19. The park returns to the weekend schedule (open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) from Aug. 24 through Oct. 28, including Labor Day Monday. The 2012 season ends Sunday, Oct. 28.

The park’s regular hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but will be open until 9 p.m. on July 4 and July 7, 14, 21 and 28 for Cool Summer Nights.

In addition, the Ghost Train Halloween Festival will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights Sept. 28 through Oct. 27, and price of admission is $28 for adults and children, with children 2 and younger admitted free. Daily admission to Tweetsie Railroad is $35 for adults and $22 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and younger are admitted free.

Print at-home 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 about the 2012 season at Tweetsie Railroad, visit or call (877) TWEETSIE.

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