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Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock

(4.2/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
Full of family-friendly rides and Wild West-themed activities, Tweetsie Railroad also proudly runs the last narrow-gauge steam locomotive in the area. Hop aboard one of the park's two coal-fired trains and ride along the 4.8 km (3 mi) track through the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. You can enjoy many classic amusement park rides at the theme park as well, including a tilt-a-whirl, carousel, Ferris wheel, flying jets, and more. Explore Main Street, ride the chairlift up to Miner's Mountain to pan for gold, or simply relax and take in the vibe of the American West. Little ones will enjoy playing cowboys and cowgirls in a classic western setting. Be sure to check the park's website for information on special events, offers, and activities. Use our Blowing Rock travel itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Tweetsie Railroad and other attractions in Blowing Rock.
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  • Tweetsie is fun for people of all ages. They have great rides and fun things for children, deep rich history and culture for adults, and all kinds of theme days throughout the year. Great way to spend...  more »
  • We took the grandkids - no one enjoyed it very much. It's expensive, not well-staged, and rather boring.  more »
  • We went to Tweetsie for the Ghost Train experience and it was awesome. The family had been there many times during normal hours, but the ghost train was well done. They had trick or treat locations se...  more »
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  • Great place for the small children, plenty to do. The Cowboys were great. Water is $3.00, food is expensive. If you are taking two adults and one child , the ticket price seems steep, but for one adult and a child its not awful. The joy it brings to a child is worth it. I definitely recommend! My 3 year old loved the rides, the animals and the shows!
  • Like a cross between a theme park and a county fair. A bit put off by the price, but by the end of the day probably got our money's worth. Like most parks, tries to get a dollar every chance they fan. Staff friendly. Train nice with activities along the route.
  • I've taken my family here several times. We've seen Thomas, and went for the ghost train. Both visits were ok, and the kids had a great time, however I will never go back. They will never get another dime from me, my family, or anyone I know. On our last visit we had the same issue another review mentioned. Purchased a lot of stuff, got home and half was missing. That's not the reason for this review. You see, where I live there's not much around that you can take small children too. At least not anything appropriate, family friendly and safe. Until a few months back when a wonderful yogurt shop opened. Small, locally owned and operated, pretty colors, and fantastic yogurt. Our family fell in love with the place. They had a beautiful(expensive I'm sure) train painted on the back wall, our 11 yr old loved it, their name was too cute, Tweetsie Treats, as it runs along the tweetsie trail in our town.. Made perfect sense, and was adorable. That was until a few weeks ago.. When tweetsie railroad decided to be a bully. They contacted this mom and pop yogurt shop, not franchise, just one and forced them to change their name, and cover the train painting up. For those of you who may not know, this would cost this little Shop a lot of money... a whole lot. Not only would they have to pay to cover the train up, which by the way, wasn't tweetsies train. They would also have to change the name on the store front, the signage and all legal paperwork. Oh, and also any social media site and the shops actual website. That's a lot of money. When the yogurt shop ask to simply keep the picture they were told no, action would be taken against them. This was nothing more than greed, and bullying. Oh, let me add, this small town yogurt shop is in a completely different state than this "amusement park" sold nothing of the same, and never said they were affiliates of the park.. Just a small shop that wanted to make our small town a little bit better. I don't personally know the people who own the shop. I did get to speak to someone while we were there, bc I ask why the train was gone. I seen the hurt and sadness in her eyes, heard her voice quiver when she spoke of changing everything. It broke my heart. I may not be able to change this outcome, but I will never support tweetsie railroad again. Nor will my family. You guys are nothing more than bullies, and should be ashamed of yourself. And before you, or your legal team get any ideas, the shop, and anyone affiliated with it have no idea I'm writing this. Screw you tweetsie.
  • Really enjoyed the amusement park as whole. Ghost Train was fun, performers were awesome, haunted houses, mazes, etc. were exciting. Yes, the food is somewhat expensive but that is to be expected. They put a lot of time and effort into the Halloween event and from what we could tell the train ticket cost covers everything except gifts, food and drinks.
  • This place is the most overpriced amusement park I have ever been to. The rides are in various states of repair (all 6 rides). The food is worse than McDonald's. The only thing worth while was the train ride. After paying over 100 dollars for admission for 2 adults and one child I was more than disappointed. Do not waste your money.