The train will run again at Tweetsie Railroad!

We have an update regarding the opening of Tweetsie Railroad.

Beginning Friday, July 17, Tweetsie Railroad will open with limited weekend operations, Friday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Guests will be able to enjoy Main Street, Junction stores, and the Wild West Train ride aboard the park’s historic steam engine.

During this phase of operation, the park will be limiting capacity. Therefore, all Guests need to pre-purchase tickets for a specific date and train ride time.

Tickets have been reduced to$10 for an Adult and $7 for a Child (age 3-12). Children 2 and under will remain free.

Golden Rail Season Pass Holders will have the first chance to reserve a daily admission and train ride ticket for the July 17-19 opening weekend Monday through Thursday, July 13-16. Then beginning on Friday, July 17, the general public will be able to purchase any remaining tickets for the weekend by calling the Ticket Office 877-893-3874.

39th Annual New River Canoe Race and Family Float

Grab the life jackets as it is time for the 39th Annual New River Canoe Race this Saturday, June 1st at 9 a.m. All proceeds go to support Friends of High Country State Parks’ mission to support our state parks.

The event will begin at Zaloo’s Canoes in Jefferson, NC and travel five miles to the Wagoner Road Access of the New River State Park. This route is calm with no white water.

Boats can enter the water from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please note boats with children need to be in no later than 1 p.m.

Registration is $15 per person, $5 for children, and $25 for family float (up to 6 people) for a single race. Every additional race is $5. Registration includes a FREE T-shirt and entry for a door prize.

Enter with a Canoe or a Kayak. Bring your own boat or rent one at a discounted price from Zaloo’s Canoes. Zaloo’s will provide free shuttles.

This is a family friendly event with options to enter as a “Family Float”, “Novice”, “Expert”, or “Championship” cateogry. The “Special” category is for those with any special needs.

Music, free food samples, tubing, swimming, or hiking can all be found at New River State Park until the 3 p.m. Awards Ceremony. You do not have to race to enjoy these fun activities! Food from local food trucks will be available.

Dollar Days Returns to Grandfather Mountain April 1, 2019

The seasons changed so that means it is time to plan a family date to Grandfather Mountain to enjoy “Dollar Days.”

Discounted admission aside, April offers mountains of activities on Grandfather, including the return of animal encounters, the seasonal reopening of the Fudge Shop, discounts on behind-the-scenes habitat tours and more naturalist programs.

“We’re always excited for Dollar Days, as the mountain seems to spring to life with warm weather, friendly faces and new activities,” said Frank Ruggiero, director of marketing and communications for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the Linville, N.C., nature park.

The Dollar Days promotion allows anyone who lives or works in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga or Wilkes counties — along with their guests traveling in the same vehicle — to visit at the discounted rate of $3 each.

Students attending a local college or university are also eligible for the discount.

To take advantage of the reduced rate, visitors must present a valid driver’s license, college ID or local utility bill as proof of High Country residency. An employee identification badge or pay stub can be used to demonstrate employment at a High Country business.

Grandfather Mountain offers extended spring hours starting Saturday, March 23. The park will be open daily, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with ticket sales ending at 5 p.m.

March Madness and Easter Egg Hunt this week at Sugar Mtn Resort

The cold air invades the High Country this week just in time for March Madness at Sugar Mountain Resort.

Beginning Monday, March 4, March Madness at Sugar Mountain Resort begins. Every day until the end of the season customers receive twenty-five percent discount off lift/slope tickets-including group prices, ski and snowboard lessons, equipment rentals, and tubing and ice-skating rates.

Extra March Madness fun includes an Easter egg hunt on the slopes open to youngsters twelve and under Saturday, March 9. Dress up in your Easter costume and come join Sugar Bear and Sweetie Bear on the slopes in search of the prize filled eggs. You may be the lucky winner of a 2019-20 season pass hidden in the grand prize egg! Valid lift/slope tickets or passes are required for participation. Participants should meet at the bottom of the Lower Flying Mile slope 8:30 a.m.

photo credit: Sugar Mountain Resort

Sugar Bear’s birthday, and the Dick Trundy Sugar Cup competition occur Sunday, March 10. The Sugar Cup competition is open to skiers and snowboarders and one-hundred percent of the entry fees goes to the American Cancer Society. Join Sugar Mountain Resort’s resident mascot, Sugar Bear and his friends for a fun birthday celebration. Activities include the Great Bear Race, special treats, cake and ice cream. More details for each event can be found by logging onto http://www.skisugar.com/events/.

App Ski Mtn. Giving FREE Ski Tickets on November 16, 2018

Thanks to the temperature drop, there is snow on the ground at App Ski Mtn!

Appalachian Ski Mtn.’s 57th season is scheduled to begin Friday, November 16, 2018! To celebrate, the first 100 guests to the Ticket Cashier Window will receive a FREE ski ticket!

Let the ski season begin!

Upcoming events:

  1. Carolina Snowbelles Ice Skate Fundraiser – Friday, November 23 from 5:00-6:30
    Skating is only $10/person (includes skate rental). All proceeds go to The Carolina Snowbelles, a precision dance troupe, for their trip to DC to perform at the Kennedy Center on Dec. 15.
  2.  Anniversary Weekend – December 1-2, 2018
    Celebrate 57th year of family fun as we roll back tickets to 1962 prices! $5 Ski Tickets for the Day Session Saturday & Sunday (9am-4pm).
  3. Sunday Night 1/2 Night Special – $10
    Ski or Ride for only $10. Normal Sunday Night Special session is from 7:30 – 10pm, purchase online and get an extra hour FREE!

School is out – Robbin’s Pool at Broyhill Park in Blowing Rock is Open!

blowing-rock-poolSchool is out for the summer and it is time to make fun memories at the community pool in Blowing Rock. The pool will stay open through Labor Day.

Location: 173 Lakeside Dr, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Phone: (828) 295-5224

Hours of operation:

Monday through Friday: 
9:00am-11:00am Swim Lessons
11:00am-5:00pm Public Swim
5:00pm-6:00pm Adult Lap Swim
& Exercise
5:30pm-6:00pm Swim Lesson
6:00pm-8:30pm Public Swim

Saturday: 11 am to 7:30 pm

Sunday: 12:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Fees:

Season passes – Blowing Rock taxpayers: $70 for individuals, $90 for a family of four, $100 for a family of five, $110 for a family of six  and $120 for a family of seven.

Monthly rates – Blowing Rock taxpayers: $50 for individuals, $70 for a family of four, $80 for a family of five, $90 for a family of six and $100 for a family of seven.

Nontaxpayers should add $10 for all categories.

Daily rates: Blowing Rock taxpayers – $4 for ages 2 and older and $2 for all nonswimmers.

Daily rates: Nontaxpayers are $5 for ages 2 and older and $2 for all nonswimmers.

Please click here to fill out the form to get your family pool pass. Have a wonderful time creating great summer memories.

For more information, call Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation at (828) 295-5222 or the pool at (828) 295-5224..

Land of Oz Presents Journey with Dorothy Every Friday in June

Land of Oz June Tour Dates

Land of Oz has added more tickets for Beech Mountain’s Family Fun Month. Begin your tour at the Fountain of Youth, where you will be asked to drop all inhibitions and to remember your carefree childhood. Get the chance to play one the roles of Dorothy’s trusted companions or even a wicked villain that she meets throughout her journey.

Follow Dorothy as you skip down the yellow brick road with her as your guide through the magical Land of Oz™ as you help her search for the wonderful wizard.

During Journey with Dorothy – you don’t just watch Oz, you’re a part of it!

Ticket price includes chair lift ride.

Free Family Fun on Memorial Day Weekend at High Gravity Adventures!

Looking for a fun, family-friendly event to enjoy on Memorial Day Weekend? Bring the whole family to High Gravity Adventures in Blowing Rock, N.C.!  Instead of fighting crowds and traffic on the Blue Ridge Parkway, you can treat your family to an afternoon of live music, games, delicious food and high-flying aerial adventure.

High Gravity Adventures

Come to High Gravity Adventures on Saturday, May 28, for a Memorial Day Weekend cookout on the lawn.  There will be live music by Andy Ferrell from 1-4 p.m., plus fun games like corn hole, ladder ball and soccer.  Enjoy delicious items from the grill including burgers, hot dogs, and vegetarian options, or bring your own picnic meal!  While you’re there, you can experience the open-air fun of High Gravity Adventures aerial adventure park, with course options for everyone ages four and up.  Admission into the event is free of charge; food and tickets to the aerial courses will be available for purchase.

This Memorial Day Weekend event is a great way to kick off your summer with some family fun in the great outdoors!

“Land of Oz” Theme Park Opens for Fridays in June!

Land of Oz

 

Are you a Wizard of Oz fan? If so, you will want to mark your calendars for June! “Land of Oz” will open each Friday in June. You will get to begin your adventure by riding Ski Beech’s scenic chairlift up to The Land of Oz! Once you arrive, tou will go on a magical trip down the yellow brick road with the best tour guide in Oz – Dorothy herself!

2016 Tour Schedule:
June 3 – June 10 – June 17 – June 24
10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, & 3:30pm

TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE EVERY MONDAY (ONLINE) PRIOR TO EACH TOUR
http://www.landofoznc.com/#!journeywithdorothy/c1tpe

Ticket Prices:
$12.50 – General Admission, plus $10 Roundtrip Lift Ticket
Note: Please review chairlift regulations before purchasing your tickets.
http://www.beechmountainresort.com/summer/scenic-lift-rides/

All ticket sales are subject to Land of Oz™ Terms of Sale.

For more information
http://www.landofoznc.com/#!journeywithdorothy/c1tpe

High Country Weekend Family Events May 6 – 8, 2016

Thankfully, it is going to be a beautiful weekend even though Thursday brought snow and ice to the area. Have a wonderful family weekend. Check out all the fun family events below:

Chetola Smores Blowing Rock NC

May 6:

 

1. Tweetsie Railroad – Stroll down Tweetsie Railroad’s Main Street and say howdy to the Marshal and the Cowboys. Visit the shops and the eateries. Along the way you’re sure to meet lots of interesting folks … and maybe a few outlaws, too.

Feeding Goats at the Deer Park Zoo

Daily admission is $44 for adults and $28 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free. The park’s hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

2. Family Movies {Now Playing}

3. Blazing Easels (Children’s Workshop) – 3:00pm – 4:30pm Participants will explore color, design and texture through paint, markers, Cray-pas, collage, found objects and pen. Each week will feature a new activity that will develop skills and allow students to creatively explore the world around them: basic book making, drawing, sculpting with paper and found objects, painting (landscape and still-life), cartooning and more.

All materials are supplied.

4. Bonfires at Chetola – Enjoy some outdoor fun with your friends at the new fire pit by Chetola Lake at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. Bonfires are scheduled for 6 p.m. every Saturday evening, weather permitting. Kids can purchase $5 s’mores kits and roast their marshmallows over the open fire. The event also features an outdoor cash bar and live music. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola at (828) 295-5505, or visit www.chetola.com.

 

May 7:

1. Opening Day of Watauga County Farmers Market – The opening day of the 2016 season of the Watauga County Farmers’ Market is here. Join the market from 8am to noon. In addition to the areas best selection of local produce, foods, and crafts, there will be live music, cooking demos, children’s activities, and the unbeatable community atmosphere that has made the market “Boone’s Town Square Since 1974!”

2. Tweetsie Railroad – Stroll down Tweetsie Railroad’s Main Street and say howdy to the Marshal and the Cowboys. Visit the shops and the eateries. Along the way you’re sure to meet lots of interesting folks … and maybe a few outlaws, too.

Daily admission is $44 for adults and $28 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free. The park’s daily hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

3. Family Movies {Now Playing}

4. Make Tissue Paper Flower at Michaels – They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.

81006 Kids Club® Paper Flowers - May Kids Club

81006 Kids Club® Paper Flowers – May Kids Club

May 8:

1. Tweetsie Railroad – Stroll down Tweetsie Railroad’s Main Street and say howdy to the Marshal and the Cowboys. Visit the shops and the eateries. Along the way you’re sure to meet lots of interesting folks … and maybe a few outlaws, too.
Daily admission is $44 for adults and $28 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free. The park’s daily hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

2. Family Movies {Now Playing}