Friday, April 05, 2013
(Last modified: 2013-04-05 08:44:51)
 
Author: Jeff Eason
Source: The Blowing Rocket

For more than a half-century, Tweetsie Railroad and Wild West Theme Park have been providing family fun for folks living in or visiting the High Country.

It has become something of a family tradition to spend an entire day at Tweetsie, riding the train, visiting the deer park, watching a saloon show, mining for gems, riding the carnival rides, listening to live music and more.

The truth is, you can spend an entire day at Tweetsie and not be able to do everything the park offers.

This year, Tweetsie Railroad opens earlier than ever on Friday, April 12. Admission is $37 for adults, $23 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for children 2 and younger. Admission includes the train trip, live entertainment, Country Fair rides, Deer Park and more. Visitors entering Tweetsie between 3 and 6 p.m. get in the next day for free.

When Tweetsie first opens for the year, it will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Beginning on Friday, May 31, Tweetsie will be open seven days a week.


Special events
Thomas the Tank Engine returns to Tweetsie for 10 days of fun May 31 through June 9. Spend a “Day Out with Thomas,” as he leads the Tweetsie locomotive on its 25-minute tour around the theme park.

Golden Rail Season Pass holders are admitted free during the “Day Out with Thomas” event.

Nickelodeon’s Dora and Diego from “Dora the Explorer” and “Go, Diego, Go!” will be at Tweetsie Friday through Sunday, June 21 to 23, and will make special appearances at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day.

Come see Tweetsie’s Fireworks Extravaganza on Thursday, July 4. The park will be open until 9 p.m. that day, and the fireworks begin soon after that. Parking is free for park attendees and Golden Rail Season Pass holders and $5 for all others.

On Saturdays in July, Tweetsie will offer extended hours until 9 p.m. as part of its “Cool Summer Nights” program.

The park will offer special events for the entire family and train rides at dusk.

Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants and his best pal, Patrick, will make their Tweetsie debut Friday through Sunday, July 12 to 14, with appearances at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day.
This rare “on land” appearance of SpongeBob will include a meet-and-greet and a chance to have photos taken with the loveable characters.

The “K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs” show returns for daily shows July 20 to 28. The shows will be over by the Tweetsie Pavilion every day at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The cowboy crooners, Riders in the Sky, will return to Tweetsie on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10 and 11.

The Grammy Award-winning group will be presenting two shows daily at noon and 3 p.m. at the Tweetsie Pavilion.

Railroad aficionados will certainly want to circle Sept. 7 and 8 on their calendars, which is when Tweetsie hosts its annual Railroad Heritage Weekend. The event will celebrate the history of the Tweetsie and ET&WNC Railroad.

Tweetsie’s Ghost Train and Halloween Festival returns for five weekends (Friday and Saturday nights) this fall, Sept. 27 and 28, Oct. 4 and 5, Oct. 11 and 12, Oct. 18 and 19, Oct. 25 and 26, and Nov. 1 and 2. Gates open each evening at 7:30. The event features the Haunted House, Freaky Forest, 3-D Maze, Black Hole, Halloween shows at the saloon and much more.

For more information, visit http://www.tweetsie.com or call (828) 264-9061.

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