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Article Published: Jul. 3, 2013 | Modified: Jul. 15, 2013
SpongeBob goes West

SpongeBob SquarePasts and Patrick Star are saddling up for adventure at Tweetsie Railroad. The stars of Nickelodeon’s popular ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ series will visit the Blowing Rock theme park July 12 to 14.
Image courtesy of Nickelodeon

Are you ready, kids?

Aye, aye, captain!

Children and parents can meet the wildly popular stars of Nickelodeon’s hit animated series, “SpongeBob SquarePants,” at Tweetsie Railroad July 12 to 14.

The family-friendly weekend will feature performances and opportunities to take photos with the characters, among a variety of other themed activities.

SpongeBob and his best friend, Patrick Star, will appear at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily, with meet-and-greets to follow, allowing guests to spend the day with their favorite underwater friends at North Carolina’s first theme park.

“SpongeBob SquarePants” is a hit television series that tells the story of SpongeBob, an optimistic and earnest sea sponge, and his friends in an imaginative underwater world.

The popular show chronicles the nautical and often nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob and his best friend, Patrick Star. As park guests watch the live appearances at Tweetsie Railroad, they will see firsthand what life is like in Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob’s and Patrick’s hometown.

Tweetsie Railroad offers these special events and guest appearances in addition to its full day of Wild West family fun. Visitors can hop aboard the famed steam-powered Tweetsie locomotive for a three-mile adventure through the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.

Families can also spend the day walking the streets of a Western town, experiencing the long-ago era of cowboys and Indians. Park-goers can take a spin on amusement rides, visit the animals at the Deer Park Zoo, be a part of live entertainment shows and take a scenic chair lift ride to Miner’s Mountain and pan for gold.

Tweetsie Railroad is open seven days a week through Aug. 18. The park returns to a Friday, Saturday and Sunday schedule from Aug. 19 through Nov. 3. The 2013 season ends Sunday, Nov. 3.

The park’s regular hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but will be open until 9 p.m. July 4 for the Fireworks Extravaganza and July 6, 13, 20 and 27 for Cool Summer Nights.

Daily admission to Tweetsie Railroad is $37 for adults and $23 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. 27 through Nov. 2 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., when admission is $28 for adults and children. Tickets and Golden Rail season passes are available at

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