Put on your Cowboy hats and Conductor caps! Tweetsie Railroad, Appalachia’s famous Wild West Theme Park, begins its 2016 season on Friday, April 8th! This family adventure theme park features dozens of activities that have been bringing fun, unforgettable memories to the High Country for generations.
Tweetsie Railroad allows children and their families to let their imaginations carry them to a wild and interactive blast from the past. Whether you love cowboys, Indians, or can-can girls, this old-fashioned family fun theme park has something for you. Play prospector and pan for gold and precious gems at Miner’s Mountain, or try your luck with the fair games at Tweetsie’s very own Country Fair.
But Tweetsie is also home to much more modern fun! The theme park features exciting family-friendly rides such as its own towering Ferris Wheel, as well as more thrilling rides like the ‘Free Fall’. This summer, you can even try your skill amongst the treetops at the high ropes obstacle course. There is a Deer Park Habitat which showcases some of the NC Mountains’ natural wildlife, as well as few special animals that aren’t native to this area.
But by far the best reason to visit Tweetsie Railroad is, of course, the chance to take a ride on a real steam locomotive! Tweetsie houses two historic coal-powered steam trains: the No. 12 “Tweetsie” and the No. 190 “Yukon Queen”. Both vintage engines are coal-fired and narrow-gauge, built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, and weigh over 80 pounds. In fact, the larger of the two engines, the Yukon Queen, weighs as much as 18 African Elephants!
You can take the chair lift to Miner’s Mountain, high above Tweetsie’s Main Street, to enjoy even more Wild West Fun. Kids can run, jump, and climb at Tweetsie’s playground or catch a magic show at the Miner’s Mountain Theater.
And when you’re ready to rest up for your next adventure, a soft bed is waiting for you at the Lovill House Inn Bed and Breakfast. Located just outside of downtown Boone, the Lovill House offers visitors to the High Country a chance to wake up in the heart of the Appalachian mountains. Call today or visit our website to book your stay at this unique and historic Bed and Breakfast in Boone NC.