April 24, 2013. Tweetsie Railroad – North Carolina’s first theme park – is proud to welcome Letterland© back to the park for its seventh consecutive season on May 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2013. Tweetsie is teaming up with the world renowned reading program on this fun, interactive educational event and to promote literacy efforts throughout the state of North Carolina.
Tweetsie Railroad’s Letterland Days transforms the popular park into a magical world that will delight and educate children. Favorite Letterland characters like Clever Cat, Yellow Yo-Yo Man, Eddy Elephant, Harry Hat Man, Kicking King and Red Robot come to life. Guests can also ride on Firefighter Fred’s Ferris Wheel, Talking Tess’s Train, explore Zig Zag Zebra’s Zoo and much more! Letterland’s child-friendly, multi-sensory approach phonics program has been successfully helping raise literacy standards among North Carolina children.
In 2007 local reading specialist Kathy Oliver first brought the program to Tweetsie. Since then, Letterland Days at Tweetsie has grown to serve as a celebration of students’ learning achievements, and reading assessment scores continue to improve in districts using Letterland. As part of the park’s continued commitment to education, Tweetsie visitors can also take part in the Learning Express every Friday starting April 19, 2013 and every Friday after Labor Day through November 2, 2013.
The Learning Express provides a full day of fun at Tweetsie Railroad, including a ride on the Learning Express Train. This special ride makes history, math and science fun and exciting. Tweetsie also offers curriculum guides for parents and teachers at Tweetsie.com to help further increase the educational value of the Letterland and Learning Express experiences.
Tweetsie Railroad will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting April 12, including Memorial Day Monday, and seven days a week from May 31 through Aug 18. The park returns to the weekend schedule from August 19 through November 3, including Labor Day Monday. The 2013 season ends Sunday, November 3. 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 4 for the Fireworks Extravaganza and July 6, 13, 20 and 27 for Cool Summer Nights.
Daily admission to Tweetsie Railroad is $37 for adults and $23 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free. In addition, the park will open at 8:30 a.m. both Saturdays (June 1 and 8) for the popular Day Out With Thomas™ event. The Ghost Train® Halloween Festival will take place Friday and Saturday nights September 27 through November 2 from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., when admission is $28 for adults and children. Tickets and Golden Rail Season Passes are available at Tweetsie.com.
Tweetsie Railroad is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains on U.S. Highway 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. For more information about the 2013 season at Tweetsie Railroad, visit Tweetsie.com or call 877.TWEETSIE (877.893.3874). Find Tweetsie on Facebook or follow Tweetsie on Twitter @TweetsieRR.