A WILD WEST ADVENTURE THEME PARK
About the Park
Since 1957, Tweetsie has been creating memories and offering a family friendly Wild West adventure. An interactive experience of music, entertainment and tradition rich in American history, Tweetsie is fun for the whole family.
North Carolina’s first theme park features live shows, amusement rides, the Deer Park Zoo, an unforgettable three-mile adventure on a historic steam locomotive, and more. Hop on board for Tweetsie’s Wild West adventure!
Opening Day: April 5, 2019
April 5-May26, 2019
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
May 27-August 25, 2019
Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza
Open until 9pm
Cool Summer Nights
Saturdays in July, open until 9pm
Ghost Train Halloween Festival
Open Friday & Saturday nights from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
End of November through December (Exact dates TBA) from 5-10 p.m.
Advance Tickets Required
Tweetsie Railroad, boasts rides for everyone in the family. The main attraction is the 3 mile ride on Engine #9. The 30 minute ride that travels back in time, including a visit at an old western fort complete with cowboys and indians. In the amusement park area the rides include the Carousel, Mouse Mine Train, Tilt-a-Whirl, Turnpike Cruisers, boats, Free Fall, Planes and Helicopters, the Ferris Wheel. And then there's a Chair Lift to Miner’s Mountain, Tweetsie Twister and more.
You'll find lots of entertainment at Tweetsie Railroad. Besides the classic Train Ride, the amusement park has three preformance theaters - the Palace Saloon, the Pavilion Theater and Miner's Mountain Theater. The old-fashioned entertainment includes a Wild West Train Adventure, Diamond Lil’s Can-Can Revue, Tweetsie Country Clogging Jamboree, Hopper and Porter’s Musical Celebration, Sunset Show, Miner’s Mountain Magic and more.
And there's even more fun things to do. You could spend the whole day at Tweetsie. There's shopping at the many retail shops, gold panning, gem mining, arcade games, country fair games and the Playground on Miner’s Mountain. Read on for more thing to do and see.
Deer Park Habitat
Since the mid 1970s, Tweetsie Railroad has been home to many deer, goats and other animals with the Deer Park Habitat which now houses more than 90 animals. The Park features animals like African Pygmy Goats, European Fallow Deer, Nubian Goats, Emus, Llamas, Burros, Miniature Horses, Pot Bellied Pigs and Yellowbelly and Red Eared Slider Turtles.
Tweetsie Railroad operates two vintage steam locomotives, No. 12 “Tweetsie” and No. 190 “The Yukon Queen.” The train that Tweetsie visitors get to ride is always pulled by one of these engines, which are coal-fired narrow-guage engines built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia. Locomotive No. 12 is the last of its kind from the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad (ET&WNC) which ran from Johnson City Tenn. to Boone from 1919 to 1940. Tweetsie acquired “The Yukon Queen” from Alaska’s White Pass & Yukon Railway.
Places to Eat
Tweetsie Railroad has many places to eat at the park, whether you are looking for a meal or just a snack. The eateries at Tweetsie Railroad include the Cowboy Cantina, Feed & Seed, Sparky’s Southwestern & Barbeque, Arcade Wagon, Dippin’ Dots, Tweetsie Palace Saloon, Tweetsie’s Fudge Works, Funnel Factory, Miner’s Diner and Mountain Ice Cream.
Places to Shop
Tweetsie Railroad has many places to shop with a unique selection of souvenirs, toys, apparel and more. Shopping venues at Tweetsie include Happy Trails Toy Shop, the General Store, Western Merchantile, The Company Store, the Gem Mine Store, Tweetsie Junction Shops, Jamie Leigh’s Photo Parlor, the Sign and Glass Shop and the Picture Depot on Main Street.