Tweetsie Railroad reopens April 13

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Article Published: Apr. 12, 2012 | Modified: Apr. 12, 2012
Tweetsie Railroad reopens April 13

Tweetsie’s annual Day Out with Thomas is set for June 1-10.

Photo by Jeff Eason

Tweetsie Railroad is calling all passengers, as North Carolina’s first theme park opens on Friday, April 13, for its 2012 season.

Tweetsie Railroad will host special events throughout its seasonal run, including fan favorites such as Letterland at Tweetsie, Day Out With Thoma, July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs and the annual Ghost Train Halloween Festival.

Guests will also enjoy a day of adventure with Dora from “Dora the Explorer” and her cousin, Diego, from “Go, Diego, Go!,” music from the Grammy Award-winning performers, Riders in the Sky, and a host of additional events and fun activities.

Tweetsie features live shows, amusement rides, the Deer Park Zoo and much more family fun. Visitors experience a three-mile Wild West adventure behind Tweetsie Railroad’s historic steam locomotives.

Family fun is discovered throughout the streets of Tweesie Railroad’s very own Western town, where visitors can explore the long-ago era of cowboys and Indians.

Guests can also take a scenic chairlift ride back in time and experience the gold rush while panning for gold at Miner’s Mountain and Tweetsie’s live entertainment, including Diamond Lil’s Can-Can Revue, Hopper and Porter’s Musical Celebration, the Miner’s Mountain Magic Show and Tweetsie’s Country Clogging Jamboree.

The following is a quick look at Tweetsie’s special events scheduled for the 2012 season:

Letterland at Tweetsie — May 9, 10, 16, 17
Day Out With Thomas — June 1-10
Dora the Explorer and Diego — June 22-24
Tweetsie’s Fireworks Extravaganza — July 4
Cool Summer Nights — July 7, 14, 21 and 28
Meet Bob the Builder — July 13-15
K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs — July 21-29
Riders In The Sky — Aug. 18-19
Railroad Heritage Weekend — Sept. 8-9
Ghost Train Halloween Festival — Sept. 28- Oct. 27

Tweetsie Railroad will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting April 13, including Memorial Day Monday, and seven days a week from June 1 through Aug. 19.

The park returns to the weekend schedule 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 park will be open at 8 a.m. both Saturdays, June 2 and 9, for the Day Out With Thomas event.

The Ghost Train Halloween Festival will take place from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday nights Sept. 28 through Oct. 27, and the price of admission is $28 for adults and children, with children 2 and younger admitted free.

Daily admission 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) 893-3874.

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