North Carolina Theme Park | Tweetsie Railroad

TweetsieName_logo_1Entertaining families for more than 50 years, North Carolina’s first theme park has something for everyone, including amusement rides, live shows, a petting zoo and the famous Locomotive No. 12, Tweetsie. Located between Boone and Blowing Rock, Tweetsie Railroad is a short drive from Banner Elk and is the perfect way to spend a day with the children.

Opened in 1957, the Wild West theme park sits on 200 acres and includes 14 rides, multiple live shows, a petting zoo and a variety of shops and eateries.

girl feeding goat_printStart the adventure with a spin on classic carnival rides like the Ferris Wheel, carousel and Tilt-A-Whirl before heading to the chairlift for a scenic ride to the top of Miner’s Mountain where a petting zoo offers a chance to get up close and personal with llamas, emus, pygmy goats and a variety of deer.

Finish your visit with one of the many live performances held throughout the day from acts like the Tweetsie Cloggers and Diamond Lil’s Can-Can Revue.


A visit to Tweetsie Railroad is not complete without a ride on the train which is pulled by vintage steam Locomotive No. 12, “Tweetsie.” The namesake and main attraction of the park, the coal-fired locomotive is steeped in Appalachian history.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Locomotive No.12 ran from East Tennessee to the Western North Carolina Mountains from 1919 to 1940 and is the last surviving narrow-gauge steam locomotive from this route.

tweetsie train

Locals nicknamed the train Tweetsie after the sound the steam engine whistle made as it echoed through the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. After the railroad shut down, Tweetsie was bought and moved back to Blowing Rock in 1957 where it began carrying passengers on a  1 mile loop to a picnic area. As the years went by the popularity of the steam engine dictated that the owners expand and a Wild West theme was adopted and implemented in all the shows and rides that were to come.

Currently 250,000 visitors a year ride the coal-fired locomotive around a 3 mile loop that features a family-friendly show with cowboys, train robbers and renegades.

Day Out with Thomas

June 6-15, 2014

Tweetsie’s most popular event, a Day Out with Thomas offers families a chance to meet and greet the charactors from the popular children’s books The Railway Series. Highlights include storytelling time, a Mega Bloks building area, a chance to meet Sir Topham Hatt and a 30 minute train ride around the park with Thomas the Tank Engine leading the way.

K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs

July 19-27, 2014

A showcase of high-flying dynamic dogs performing acrobatic routines, K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs visits Tweetsie for nine days of excitement every summer. Included in the price of regular admission, the interactive event features three family-friendly shows a day and is perfect for animal lovers.


9 a.m. – 6 p.m. seasonally. Visit website for details.


300 Tweetsie Railroad Road
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
(800) 526-5740

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