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Tweetsie on track for April 29 opening

Article Published: Apr. 21, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Tweetsie on track for April 29 opening

Tweetsie Railroad's on track for an April 29 opening.

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The train is at the station, and the porters are standing by!

Tweetsie Railroad is preparing for another season of train rides, saloon shows and all around family fun. This year includes a number of new events at the theme park.

Tweetsie will open its gates on the 2011 season on Friday, April 29, at 9 a.m.

Tweetsie Railroad is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning on April 29, and then seven days a week from May 27 through Aug. 21. It then returns to a weekend-only schedule through Oct. 30, including Labor Day Monday.

The park's regular hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but will be open until 9 p.m. on July 2, 4, 9 and 16 for Cool Summer Nights.

Additionally, the park will open at 8 a.m. both Saturdays (June 4 and 11) for the popular Day Out with Thomas event.

The Ghost Train Halloween Festival will take place Friday and Saturday evenings Sept. 30 through Oct. 29 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Daily admission is $34 for adults and $22 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free. Print at home tickets and Golden Rail Season Passes are available at

Special Events

Letterland: May 10-12

For three days, Tweetsie Railroad will be transformed into a magical place of Letterland, based on Britain's best-selling alphabet book, "Letterland ABC." The reading system teaches young children the alphabet and phonic skills by bringing the letters to life.

Day Out with Thomas: June 3-12

Enjoy one of Tweetsie's most popular annual events as Thomas the Tank Engine chugs through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Children will have the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Sir Topham Hat, listen to Thomas and Friends storytelling, and enjoy activities in the Imagination Station. Advance tickets suggested.

Dora the Explorer and Diego: June 24-26

Kids will get to meet Dora and her cousin, Diego, popular characters from the hit Nickelodeon pre-school series.

Cool Summer Nights: July 2, 9 & 16

A new program at Tweetsie, three special evenings will be devoted to nighttime fun. On these days, the park will keep special evening hours, staying open late and featuring movies, live music, a chuck wagon dinner and more. See the park in a whole new light: Moonlight.

Fireworks Extravaganza: July 4

Celebrate Independence Day with a great day of patriotic fun! Watch as the night sky is illuminated with a dazzling fireworks display, one of the biggest in western North Carolina. The park will remain open until 9 p.m.

Barney at Tweetsie: July 15-17

Meet everybody's favorite purple dinosaur when he visits Tweetsie Railroad. Join Barney in his sing-along, clap-along show that's filled with loads of fun.

K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs: July 23-31

This team of flying canines will amaze you as they jump, flip and catch discs in ways that defy gravity. Don't miss out on the action-packed thrill of these incredible dogs as they perform live at Tweetsie each day.

Riders in the Sky: Aug. 6-7

Join Ranger Doug, Too Slim, Woody and Joey the Cow Polka King when America's favorite singing cowboys, Riders in the Sky, mosey into town. Known for their rich blend of Western harmony and unique sense of humor, these Grammy Award-winning artists have captivated audiences of all ages since 1977.

Railfan Weekend

Travel through the Blue Ridge Mountains on Tweetsie's historic locomotives as the park hosts its seventh annual Railfan Weekend. Celebrate the rich history of steam locomotives and tour the famous Tweetsie Railroad Train Shop, where the steam locomotives from across the nation are repaired and restored.

Ghost Train: Sept. 30-Oct. 29

All aboard the Ghost Train for a spooky ride in the dark with conductor Casey Bones. The Halloween Festival features a haunted house, freaky forest, trick-or-treating and other Halloween-themed attractions to provide a night of thrills and chills for the entire family.

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