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Wild West Family Adventure

08/15/13 10:53

In scenic Blowing Rock, you will find Tweetsie Railroad. A Wild West theme park filled with a must-ride train adventure, live shows, and classic rides at the Country Fair, gem mining, and more. At just a two-hour drive, it’s an easy day trip from Charlotte.

The Famous Train Ride

Take a ride on a historic coal-fired steam locomotive. On the three mile journey, you will be transported back into time through an action-packed adventure. Gun-slinging outlaws encounter Indians and the local sheriff. It’s a half-hour adventure not to be missed. On choosing a good seat, most of the action happens on the right side of the train and in front of the middle cars.

See a Live Show

Inside Tweetsie Palace Saloon, Diamond Lil’s Can-Can Revue showcases Can-Can dancers, traditional music from the 1800’s and a bit of theatrical drama. Step back and enjoy their singing, high kicks dance moves, and amusing antics.

Get your toes-tapping to Tweetsie Country Clogging Jamboree. Fast-action cloggers will entertain you with their steps to create hoedown rhythms. Tweetsie has mascots, Hooper and Porter who have their own stage show. It’s sure to delight the young ones. Pick up a show schedule at the Ticket Office upon entry to plan out seeing the shows.

Rides and More

Inside The Country Fair are many classic carnival rides like a Ferris wheel, Carousel and Tilt-a-Whirl. Kid-sized cars, planes and helicopters can be taken for a ride. Step into the arcade for some classic games.

Take the chair lift to Miner’s Mountain where more rides, a petting zoo, and Miner’s Mountain Theatre can be found. Gem mining and gold panning are two fun activities located here on this highest point of Tweetsie. A small train, boat rides, and a playground are fun attractions for little ones.

Ghost Train Halloween Festival

On Friday and Saturday nights from late September to early November, Tweetsie transforms into a scary fun park. Take a ride on the Ghost Train, visit the Haunted House, and walk through the Freaky Forest. Tweetsie doesn’t recommend children under the age of 8 to participate in the three fore mentioned attractions. There are 3-D Maze, Halloween shows, and trick-or-treating as well.

Many nights are sold out in advance. It is highly recommended to purchase tickets prior to your arrival. Tickets are on sale now.

My Two Cents

Tweetsie is best suited for kids 10 and under except for their Halloween Festival. It’s a small theme park, very doable to see and do everything in a day. Pick up a map and show schedule to maximize your time. If you make a full day of it, I’m guessing you will have a quiet ride back to Charlotte. I believe your kids will be tuckered out and napping on their way home.

Like all theme parks, there are several places to purchase food, drinks, and treats. You can make souvenir purchases in their old-fashioned shops. Parking is free.

For More Information

For ticket prices and hours, go to www.tweetsie.com.

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