Since 1957, Tweetsie Railroad has provided generations of memories with a family-friendly Wild West amusement park. North Carolina’s first theme park features live shows, amusement rides, petting zoo, train excursion and more. It’s located between Boone and Blowing Rock, about 18 miles from Sugar Mountain.
The park has many areas to explore – from the Old West Main Street to the Country Fair. The star of the park is the legendary Tweetsie’s historic narrow-gauge steam locomotive, so we suggest riding it first to see more areas of the park to explore. Watch out for bandits during the 3-mile trip.
On Main Street, saddle up on horses and browse the General Store and other shops. At the zoo, see African Pygmy Goats, European Fallow Deer, Nubian Goats, Emus, Llamas, Burros and Southdown Sheep. Play arcade games in the Country Fair. Enjoy live entertainment at the Tweetsie Palace with the can-can revue and magic show. At the Miner’s Mountain Theatre, get some laughs with Hopper the Rabbit and Porter the turtle.
Children of all ages love the thrill of amusements rides, including the carousel, ferris wheel, tilt-a-whirl, round-up, tornado, freefall, planes and helicopters. Ride the chairlift to Miner’s Mountain for gem mining and playground. Enjoy pizza, hot dogs, ice cream and more at the Cowboy Cantina and many other food outlets.
New in 2023: A mini swing, a spring ride drop tower, and a family spinning coaster. Opening day is April 8th.
- April-May: Weekends
- June-mid August: 7 Days a week
- Mid August-October: Weekends
- Mid November through December
Tickets: 2023 general admission is $60/adults and $40/children ages 3-12. Go to their website for details.
Location: Along US Highway 321. GPS Address: 300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock, NC 28605 (about 18 miles from the main entrance of Sugar Mtn)
- Day out with Thomas the Tank | June 9-12 & 15-18
- Ghost Train | September 22 – October 28 | Friday & Saturday nights
- Tweetsie Christmas | November 24 – December 30 | Select evenings.
For more details, go to the Tweetsie Railroad website.
For more things to do near Sugar Mountain: Spring Guide | Summer Guide | Fall Guide