Tweetsie Railroad Theme Park includes one of the most unique historic US railroads operating today. The train line runs between Blowing Rock and Boone, North Carolina, extending more than three miles and pulled by a vintage steam locomotive. The rides and theme park are located three hours east of Charlotte and an hour south of Gatlinburg, South Carolina. Ideal for family entertainment, Tweetsie Railroad train rides and other park attractions are close to North Carolina hot spots including the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and parts of the Appalachian Mountains. With a wide variety of Tweetsie Railroad hotels nearby, visitors can stay and play amid North Carolina’s abundant outdoor virtues for a fun and fulfilling getaway.
Tweetsie Railroad offers a comprehensive introduction into the days of the Wild West. With a proud spot on the National Register of Historic Places, the famous Number 12 steam locomotive whisks off on the fun-filled Tweetsie Wild West Adventure. Staged train robberies, revolutionaries, and even cowboys board the train and play out historical scenes, creating plenty of excitement aboard. There are also other special events and theme rides available during Tweetsie Railroad train rides. Ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, a popular sojourn offered by several scenic US railroads, including the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad less than three hours drive away. In October, celebrate Halloween with the Tweetsie Railroad Ghost Train that includes a special visit to frightful Haunted House.
Tweetsie railroad train rides aren’t the only thing going for the theme park. All ages can enjoy a host of thrilling roller coasters like Tweetsie Twister, the Tornado, and the hair-raising Free Fall. Planes & Helicopters, the Mouse Mine Train, Turnpike Cruisers, and the Ferry Wheel are other kid-friendly rides available. Plenty of live entertainment perfectly complements the Wild West Adventure Tweetsie Railroad train rides. Tweetsie Country Clogging Jamboree, the Miner's Mountain Magic Band, Diamond Lil's Can-Can Revue, and the Sunset Revue create tons more fun while visiting the park. Almost 100 different animals can be viewed, and some even petted, at Deer Park where emus, llamas, goats, and Fallow deer all roam the grounds.
Nearby hotels, like the Holiday Inn Express Boone, offer discounted tickets for guests as well as valuable lodging deals. Some Tweetsie Railroad hotels even offer discounts for dining inside the park. Saloons, barbeque grills, and old-style diners each present a host of options for meals. Treats such as specialty fudge, soft pretzels, funnel cakes, and cotton candy are found all over the facility. Tweetsie Railroad hotels also offer close proximity and even valuable discounts to other nearby attractions such as the Linville Caverns and Grandfather Mountain. Both Blowing Rock and Boone have great shopping opportunities for that perfect souvenir or just to pass some spare time. Downtown Boone is particularly appealing, exhibiting an eclectic atmosphere characterized throughout many specialty shops and boutiques.
Staying at one of the area Tweetsie Railroad hotels also means access to more adult-geared attractions like a vibrant arts and culture scene and many spectacular spas located in picturesque areas throughout the rugged landscape. A host of special area events are another reason to extend a stay in Boone or Blowing Rock. Aside from special Tweetsie Railroad train rides, there is October’s Todd New River Festival which is a perfect accompaniment to the Tweetsie Halloween Express. During the same season, families can head to the Woolly Worm Festival in nearby Banner Elk, or visit Autumn at Oz on Beech Mountain, a commemoration of the theme park Land of Oz, which is no longer in operation. With so many entertaining options all around, the Tweetsie Railroad, though at the heart of all the fun, is just the beginning of all the things to do during vacations.