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Tweet, Tweet! Tweetsie Railroad Will Whistle Back into the High Country on Friday, April 8

Tweetsie Railroad Engine No. 190
Tweetsie Railroad Engine No. 190

All Aboard! The Tweetsie Railroad historic steam engine locomotives will be pulling out of the station once again on Friday, April 8, 2016 to transport guest along a three mile Wild West adventure through the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

This year, from April 8 through October 30, the park will continue the time honored tradition of providing family friendly entertainment and special events, including Day Out With Thomas™, the July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, K-9’s in Flight, the Ghost Train® and much more. Tickets and Golden Rail Season Passes are available now at Tweetsie.com.

There is plenty for the whole family to enjoy at North Carolina’s first theme park, from strolling through an authentic Western town, traveling on a historic train, panning for gold, and meeting a whole cast of characters from cowboys and Can-Can girls to Dora the Explorer™ and Go, Diego™. Not to mention the exciting amusement rides, gem mining, and the Deer Park Zoo, home to more than 90 animals including goats, deer, emus, llamas, miniature horses, pigs and more.

In addition to the theatrics on the Wild West train adventure, guest will have the opportunity to enjoy live entertainment daily throughout the park including Country Clogging Jamboree, Diamond Lil’s Can-Can Review, and Tweetsie Railroad’s own Hopper and Porter.

Each day is a new adventure at the Tweetsie Railroad, filled with tradition, fun and family memories. Start planning your trip today and be sure to check out the special events taking place during the 2016 season.

David Holt and the Lightning Bolts in Concert — Sunday, May 29

Enjoy old-time music with a new time jolt, featuring four-time Grammy recipient David Holt.  The shows at noon and 3:00 p.m. will be filled with humor, stories and authentic American music.

Day Out With Thomas™: The Ready, Set, Go 2016 Tour — June 10-19  

Take a ride aboard Thomas The Tank Engine™, all the way from the Island of Sodor. Sir Topham Hatt will be managing the station to make sure Thomas the Tank Engine is Right on Time and available to meet and take photographs with all his guest. Advanced tickets recommended.

Fireworks Extravaganza — Monday, July 4th

Celebrate America’s Birthday with the High Country’s most spectacular fireworks display at Tweetsie Railroad. Enjoy and evening of entertainment and park rides until 9:00 p.m. before preparing for the big show at 9:30 p.m.  Dinner and premium viewing area available for those interested in a VIP experience.

Cool Summer Nights — July 9, 16, 23, 30

Beat the heat and enjoy the cool mountain nights at Tweetsie Railroad with Wild West entertainment and park rides open until 9:00 p.m.

Dora the Explorer™ and Go, Diego,™ Go – July 15-17

Explore the park with costumed characters from the hit Nickelodeon shows Dora the Explorer™ and Go, Diego,Go™. Hugs and photos encouraged.

K-9s in Flight Frisbee® Dogs — July 23-31

Be ready to be amazed and entertained by this one-of-a-kind performance by a team of dynamic dogs doing acrobatic freestyle routines. Three shows daily, including a special evening show at 7:00 pm on Saturday, July 23 and 30.

Riders In The Sky — August 6-7

Sing along with America’s favorite cowboys, Riders In The Sky, as they perform their well-known blend of Western music and comedy, at noon and 3:00 p.m. The quartet has been together for over 30 years and won Grammy Awards for “Best Musical Album for Children” with the production of “Woody’s Round Up,” from “Toy Story 2” and the companion album for “Monsters Inc.”

Railroad Heritage Weekend — August 27-28

Celebrate the history of steam locomotives and heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains with special train rides, tours of the Steam Locomotive Repair Shop, performances by the Cherokee dancers and crafts from the Tsa-La-Gi Touring Program.

Ghost Train® Halloween Festival —

Friday and Saturday nights September 23 – October 29

Hop aboard the Ghost Train® for a haunting ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Every Friday and Saturday night, September 23 – October 29, Tweetsie Railroad hosts a Halloween celebration for the whole family including trick-or-treating, the Freaky Forest, a Haunted House and more. Ghost Train® Halloween Festival has been named one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society. Advanced tickets required.

Tweetsie Railroad will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting April 8, and seven days a week from May 27 through August 21. The park returns to the weekend schedule from August 22 through October 30, including Labor Day Monday. The 2016 season ends Sunday, October 30. The park’s regular hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., but will be open until 9:00 p.m. on July 4th for the Fireworks Extravaganza and July 9, 16, 23 and 30 for Cool Summer Nights. Daily admission to Tweetsie Railroad is $44 for adults and $28 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free. The Ghost Train® Halloween Festival will take place Friday and Saturday nights September 23 through October 29 from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., with an admission price of $36 for adults and children. Tickets and Golden Rail Season Passes are available at Tweetsie.com.

Tweetsie Railroad is located on U.S. Highway 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. For more information about the 2016 season at Tweetsie Railroad, visit Tweetsie.com or call 877.TWEETSIE (877.893.3874). Find Tweetsie Railroad on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Tweetsie and Twitter and Instagram, @TweetsieRR.