Celebrate Christmas at Tweetsie!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Tweetsie Railroad’s newest and most popular holiday tradition is returning for a second year! Did you know that several Christmas trains are selling out across the Southeast? This includes Tweetsie. This past weekend was sold out, but there are tickets available for the rest of the dates.

Visitors can enjoy an evening full of holiday festivities including stepping into a snow globe filled with swirling (synthetic) snow,

visits with Santa Claus in his own home, s’mores over an outdoor firepit, as well as a night-time train ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains on dazzlingly lit tracks.

Tweetsie Railroad will open its doors for Tweetsie Christmas on Friday and Saturday evenings through December 29. Purchase a ticket for a specific night and train ride time. The train runs every half hour beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The live Christmas show performances are at 5:30, 6:15, 7:00, 7:45, 8:30, and 9:15 pm. The admission for adults and children is $38 per person. Children 2 and under enter FREE.

Don’t delay, purchase your tickets before your special night is sold out!

Can you hear the whistle echoing through the mountains? Tweetsie Opens April 6!

On April 6, 2018, the Blue Ridge Mountains will hear the familiar “tweet, tweet!” of Tweetsie Railroad’s historic steam engines when the theme park opens. Guests will experience a Wild West adventure complete with family-friendly entertainment, rides and special events all season long.

The 2018 season at North Carolina’s first theme park will include annual events such as the July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, Day Out With Thomas™, K-9’s In Flight Frisbee® Dogs, the award-winning Ghost Train® and more. Daytime operations for Tweetsie Railroad will continue through October 28. For the second year, the theme park will be open every Friday and Saturday night, November 23 through December 29 for the spectacular Tweetsie Christmas holiday event.

Tweetsie Railroad offers plenty of fun for the entire family. Whether it’s hopping aboard a train pulled by a historic steam locomotive for an exciting three-mile Wild West adventure, panning for gold, meeting cowboys and Can-Can girls, or strolling through an authentic Western town, the theme park has something for everyone. Families can explore amusement rides, gem mining and the Deer Park Zoo – home to more than 90 animals including deer, emus, goats, llamas and miniature horses. Tweetsie Railroad also offers plenty of live entertainment including the Country Clogging Jamboree, Diamond Lil’s Can-Can Review, and Tweetsie Railroad’s own Hopper and Porter show.

The 2018 season will feature a variety of events that will provide many opportunities for exciting and memorable trips to Tweetsie Railroad:

David Holt and the Lightning Bolts in Concert — Saturday, May 26
Four-time Grammy recipient David Holt comes to Tweetsie Railroad to give visitors an old-time music experience with a new twist. Come enjoy all-American music and humorous stories at the noon and 3:00 p.m. shows.

Day Out With Thomas™ — June 8-17
Thomas the Tank Engine™ has come all the way from the Island of Sodor to Tweetsie Railroad. To make sure Thomas is right on time and available to take photos with guests, Sir Topham Hatt will be managing the station during the event. A limited number of tickets are available; buying tickets for this event in advance is required in order to ensure a train ride.

Fireworks Extravaganza — July 4th
It’s no secret that Tweetsie Railroad presents the biggest July 4th fireworks display in Western North Carolina, and this year’s extravaganza will be a show stopper! Join Tweetsie Railroad in celebrating America’s birthday with an evening of park rides and entertainment. The park is open until 9:00 p.m., and the fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m. Guests can make the night even more special by purchasing an optional buffet dinner and V.I.P. viewing area.

Cool Summer Nights — July 7, 14, 21, 28
Cool off in the mountains this summer during Tweetsie Railroad’s Cool Summer Nights, when temperatures can be substantially cooler than the surrounding areas. Wild West entertainment and park rides will be open until 9:00 p.m.

SpongeBob SquarePants™ and Patrick Star™ — July 13-15
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob SquarePants . . . and now he is on land for you to see! Join SpongeBob and his best pal Patrick Star for a meet and greet that is above the rest! Appearances will take place at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

K-9s In Flight Frisbee® Dogs — July 21-29
These aren’t your average canines! You’ll be blown away by incredible performances by this team of talented dogs performing acrobatic routines. There will be three shows daily at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., plus a special evening show at 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Riders In The Sky — August 11-12
Riders In The Sky, America’s Favorite Cowboys, will perform their famous Western music and comedy blend at noon and 3:00 p.m. each day. The quartet has been together for more than 30 years and has received Grammy Awards for “Best Musical Album for Children” including the song “Woody’s Round Up” from the hit movie “Toy Story 2” and the companion album for “Monsters, Inc.”

Railroad Heritage Weekend — August 25-26
Steam locomotives in the Blue Ridge Mountains have a history that goes back to the 1800s! Come celebrate Railroad Heritage Weekend at Tweetsie Railroad with special train rides, performances by the Cherokee dancers, crafts from the Tsa-La-Gi Touring Program and tours of the Steam Locomotive Repair Shop. This year’s Railroad Heritage Weekend will also celebrate the 75th birthday of locomotive No. 190, the “Yukon Queen.”

Ghost Train® — Friday and Saturday nights, September 21–October 27
Tweetsie Railroad will host a Halloween celebration the whole family can enjoy! Ghost Train includes trick-or-treating, the Freaky Forest, the Haunted House and more. Ghost Train has been named one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society. A limited number of tickets are available; buying tickets in advance is required in order to ensure admission.

Tweetsie Christmas — Friday and Saturday evenings, November 23 – December 29
Celebrate all the joys of the holiday season when the park transforms into a winter wonderland for Tweetsie Christmas. Enjoy a train ride through an enchanted land of twinkling lights, visit with Santa, go to the live Christmas show and more. Your family can even pick out the perfect Christmas tree while you’re here! A limited number of tickets are available; buying tickets for this event in advance is required in order to ensure admission.

About Tweetsie Railroad
Tweetsie Railroad opens for the 2018 season on April 6th. Hours and dates vary; check Tweetsie.com before planning your visit.

Daytime admission is $45 for adults, $30 for children (ages 3 to 12) and free for children 2 and under. Admission prices for Ghost Train and Tweetsie Christmas are $38 for adults and children.

Tweetsie Railroad is located on U.S. Highway 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. For more information about Tweetsie Railroad, visit Tweetsie.com or call 877.TWEETSIE (877.898.3874).

Tweetsie Railroad Celebrates 60th Anniversary Season in 2017

Tweetsie Railroad will celebrate its 60th Anniversary of Wild West family fun in 2017, and guests can save on a full season of excitement at the theme park by taking advantage of early pricing on 2017 Season Passes. From now through April 9, Golden Rail Season Passes are on sale at a pre-season rate of $100 for adults and $65 for children ages 3 through 12. After April 9, rates increase to $110 for adults and $75 for children.Children 2 and under are always admitted free. Guests can purchase 2017 Season Passes online at Tweetsie.com.

Tweetsie Railroad

Tweetsie Railroad

Opening day for 2017 will take place on April 7, with daytime operations continuing through October 29. The theme park’s 60th Anniversary season will offer all of the fun and excitement that have made it into a treasured North Carolina tradition for generations, along with new events for 2017 that both returning and first-time guests are sure to love.

Special events for the whole family are planned for 2017 at Tweetsie Railroad, including Day Out With Thomas™, the July Fourth Fireworks Extravaganza, K-9s In Flight Frisbee® Dogs and the Ghost Train®. For the first time, Tweetsie Railroad will extend its nighttime operations on Friday and Saturday evenings from November 24 through December 30, when guests can delight in Tweetsie Christmas, a brand new event celebrating the joy of the holidays.

Throughout the season at Tweetsie Railroad, guests will experience a one-of-a-kind Wild West adventure when they hop aboard a train pulled by one of Tweetsie Railroad’s historic steam locomotives and enjoy a scenic and exciting ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visitors can also explore the theme park’s authentic Western town, enjoy amusement rides, take in live shows and entertainment, pan for gold, and visit the animals at the Deer Park Zoo.

For guests that plan on visiting Tweetsie Railroad more than two days, a Season Pass is the best value. Golden Rail Season Pass holders receive a full season of adventure at Tweetsie Railroad, along with other great benefits:

  • General park admission to Tweetsie Railroad throughout 2017, including admission to all daytime special events
  • Free parking for Tweetsie Railroad’s July Fourth Fireworks Extravaganza, the High Country’s most popular Independence Day celebration
  • One ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™ at no additional charge
  • One admission to Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train® on the night of your choice
  • 50% off one admission to Tweetsie Christmas

To order a Golden Rail Season Pass, visit Tweetsie.com or call 1-877-TWEETSIE.

About Tweetsie Railroad
Tweetsie Railroad opens for its 60th Anniversary season on April 7, 2017.  Hours and dates vary; checkTweetsie.com before planning your visit.

Daytime admission is $45 for adults, $30 for children (ages 3 to 12) and free for children 2 and under. Admission prices for Ghost Train and Tweetsie Christmas are $38 for adults and children.

Tweetsie Railroad is located on U.S. Highway 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. For more information about the 2017 season at Tweetsie Railroad, visit Tweetsie.com or call 877.TWEETSIE (877.898.3874).

Tweetsie will be open Christmas this upcoming November and December

Have you heard the news? I have wondered for years why Tweetsie does not have a Christmas event. Obviously, this must have been a thought on many people’s minds at Tweetsie as they released big news last week to the Watauga Democrat.

Tweetsie Railroad in the Snow

Photo Credit: Tweetsie Railroad Facebook Page

According to the Watauga Democrat, for the first time in almost 30 years, Tweetsie will be opening its gates for Christmas this upcoming November and December.

We’ll be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. from November until Dec. 30 on Fridays and Saturdays,” noted Cathy Robbins of Tweetsie Railroad. “The main attraction will be a lighted train ride with a Christmas theme.”

It was stated that Tweetsie Christmas will be a permanent event. Robbins noted that plans are still being worked on regarding pricing and what sections of the park will be open, but one of those plans is selling Christmas trees in the parking lot.

As I receive more information from Tweetsie and their public relations team, I will share it with you. Stay tuned!

Ghost Train Halloween Festival Returns to Tweetsie Railroad in NC

Tweetsie Railroad Ghost TrainTweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train® Halloween Festival will return Friday and Saturday nights fromSeptember 23 through October 29, 2016, just in time for the ghoulish season. Guests from far and wide plan their trips each year to enjoy Tweetsie Railroad’s family-friendly Halloween celebration and witness the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain leaf season.

The park opens at 7:30 p.m. each evening for the Ghost Train Halloween Festival and tickets are $36 per person. Beginning this year, tickets are being sold for a designated night with a specific train ride time, so ticket holders will enjoy a shorter wait for the Ghost Trainride. A limited number of guests are admitted each evening; visitors are urged to purchase tickets in advance to avoid missing out on all the Halloween fun.

Daytime visitors can still enjoy all of Tweetsie Railroad’s Wild West adventures, rides, shows and attractions; but when darkness sets in, the park transforms into a ghoulish good time, complete with all the Halloween thrills and chills. Guests will be frightfully entertained when hordes of fun and creepy creatures emerge, as the unexpected awaits around every bend. The highlight of the evening is a ride on the theme park’s star attraction, the spooky Ghost Train, which howls its way through the chill of the Blue Ridge night every 30 minutes. This year, guests are invited to join monster hunters and news media as they try to uncover the truth behind rumors of bizarre and terrifying creatures reported to be roaming the mountains.

Named as one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society, Tweetsie’s Ghost Train® Halloween Festival has plenty of safe and scary entertainment for the whole family. Hop aboard the Ghost Train and join engineer Casey Bones for a journey into the darkness. Don’t miss the spine-chilling Haunted House, where 13 spooky rooms beckon you to enter. Cautiously stroll through the Freaky Forest to encounter dark surprises along a desolate woodland path, and visit The Boneyard to venture into the 3-D Maze, the disorienting Black Hole, and a mystifying Warp Tunnel.

Take a spin on the rides in the Creepy Carnival and enjoy the frightfully delightful black light musical spooktacular shows at the Tweetsie Palace. Guests that choose to dress up in their Halloween best and trick-or-treat will feel right at home among Tweetsie’s 200 employees who are transformed into frights of the night by professional costumers and make-up artists.

Fun Facts about Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train® Halloween Festival:

  • Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train® Halloween Festival began in 1990 and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014.
  • It takes six months to prepare the park for the Ghost Train® Halloween Festival each year.
  • The park transforms from a Wild West theme to Halloween theme in 90 minutes, with a completely different set of characters and shows; the Ghost Train® locomotive takes the place of the No. 12 locomotive.

The Wild West theme park will be open during the day with normal hours and regular admission prices. Visitors can enjoy family-friendly attractions like the Wild West train ride, Miner’s Mountain gem mining and gold panning, the Country Fair amusement rides and games, and all of the shops and shows on Main Street.

High Gravity Adventures Announces New Addition: The Giant Swing

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Join High Gravity Adventures on Thursday, July 28th at 4:30 P.M. for the *official* grand opening celebration of their brand-new Giant Swing! Come enjoy the ribbon-cutting ceremony from the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce, take a ride in the swing, then stick around for some complimentary beverages from Lost Province Brewing Co. Swing your way to High Gravity for some fun!

Time: 4:00pm-8:00pm
Address: 215 Tweetsie Railroad Rd, Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605

 

Tweetsie Railroad Welcomes Dora and Diego, July 15-17

Nickelodeon, the number one entertainment brand for kids, and Tweetsie Railroad invite kids to meet Dora from Dora the Explorer™ and Diego from Go, Diego, Go!™ on July 15-17, 2016. The Nickelodeon costumed characters will be roaming around the Hacienda at Tweetsie Railroad in 20-minute intervals to take pictures and interact with fans throughout the weekend. Kids will be thrilled to spend time with Dora and Diego, as well as ride the Wild West train adventure and visit the various attractions at North Carolina’s first theme park.

Dora Diego Tweetsie

Dora the Explorer, created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes and Eric Weiner, is a
play-along, animated adventure series starring Dora. Dora is a seven-year-old Latina heroine whose adventures take place in an imaginative, tropical world filled with jungles, beaches and rainforests. She explores her world just as preschoolers do every day, and the show is designed to actively engage its audience in an interactive quest using a variety of learning techniques.

Go, Diego, Go! follows eight-year-old Diego Marquez, a bilingual animal rescuer and nature expert that has the ability to talk to animals, and takes adventurous journeys inspired by the rich environments of Latin America and by the animals that make their homes in those habitats.

Nickelodeon, now in its 36th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 20 consecutive years.

Visitors can enjoy special appearances from Dora and Diego at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily, as well as the rides, shows and Wild West fun available all season long at Tweetsie Railroad.

Tweetsie Railroad is open seven days a week from May 27 through August 21. The park returns to the weekend schedule from August 22 through October 30, including Labor Day Monday. The 2016 season ends Sunday, October 30. The park’s regular hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., but will be open until 9:00 p.m. on July 9, 16, 23 and 30 for Cool Summer Nights. Daily admission to Tweetsie Railroad is $44 for adults and $28 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free. The Ghost Train® Halloween Festival will take place Friday and Saturday nights September 23 through October 29 from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., with an admission price of $36 for adults and children. Tickets and Golden Rail Season Passes are available at Tweetsie.com.

High Country Weekend Family Events June 17 – 19, 2016

It is going to be absolutely beautiful in the High Country this weekend with lots of sunshine and temperatures in the 70s. We have a great list of family events for your enjoyment. Check out all the events and plan your weekend of fun. We wish you all a wonderful weekend!

June 17:

1. Family Movies {Now Playing}

2. Day Out with Thomas tweetsie day out with thomas

3. Family Pool Time: Robbin’s Pool at Broyhill Park in Blowing Rock – Public Swim Times: 11:00am-5:00pm and 6:00pm-8:30pm

4. Beech Mountain Family Fun Month – Enjoy family activities atop Beech Mountain

5. Music in the Valle – Concerts begin at 7 p.m. from May 27 until August 12. August 19 through September 9, concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and lots of friends! Admission is free, but a $5 donation to the Park per person is recommended.

6. Music on the Lawn in Blowing Rock – 5:30pm: Free outdoor concerts every Friday evening, weather permitting! Enjoy classic country, blues, bluegrass, and other genres in an always-changing lineup. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket. Drinks and snacks available for purchase.

7. 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.

June 18:

1. Watauga County Farmers Market – Join the market from 8am to noon. In addition to all the wonderful produce and products, coffee, cookies, and camaraderie, biscuits, breakfast pizza, and baked goods, seeing friends and swapping lies, the Farmers Market has lots of fun activities.  Nate Harris will be performing on Center Stage, and on side stage, the talented Marshall Daniels will be playing the handpan (looks a lot like a UFO or a wok!) and the hammered dulcimer.   Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture will be having a cooking demonstration to teach us how to convert fresh veggies into delectable delights.  Folks from High Country Recreation will provide information about recreation in the high country and also be selling athletic t-shirts.   (There will be no Kid’s Corner this week.)

2. Family Movies {Now Playing}

3. Day Out with Thomas 9am – 6pm

4. Beech Mountain Family Fun Month – Enjoy family activities atop Beech Mountain

  • Mountain biking lessons at Beech Mountain Resort (prices vary) – 9:30am
  • Scenic chairlift rides to top of Beech Mountain ($10) – 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Great American Backyard Cookout at Fred’s Mercantile ($8.50) – 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Disc golf at Beech Mountain Resort (free with own disc) – 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Movie Under the Stars on outdoor screen at Brick Oven Pizzeria (free) – 8:00pm

5. Family Pool Time: Robbin’s Pool at Broyhill Park in Blowing Rock – Public Swim Times: 11:00am-7:30pm

6. Make a Dinosaur Card 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.

June Kids Club

June Kids Club

7. Evening Outdoor Concert in Downtown Todd – The Todd Community Preservation Organization hosts the Todd Summer Concert Series. This Saturday will feature, Strictly Strings.  All concerts are free and held from 6-8:00 pm in Cook Park in downtown Todd – rain or shine (they have tents!). Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Food and beverages will be available for sale.

 

June 19:

1. Family Movies {Now Playing}

2. Day Out with Thomas 9am – 6pm

3. Beech Mountain Family Fun Month – Enjoy family activities atop Beech Mountain

  • Scenic chairlift rides to top of Beech Mountain ($10) – 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Disc golf at Beech Mountain Resort (free with own disc) – 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Mountain biking lessons at Beech Mountain Resort (prices vary) – 1:30pm
  • Sunset Concert on lawn at Beech Alpen Inn: Band TBA (free) – 5:00pm

4. Family Pool Time: Robbin’s Pool at Broyhill Park in Blowing Rock – Public Swim Times: 12:00am-7:30pm

5. Mountain Music Jam – Celebrate Southern Appalachian music with local musicians as they play traditional, Old Time and Bluegrass. All musicians are welcome, so bring your instrument and join in, or enjoy the view and entertainment. Participants will meet at the Outdoor Amphitheater on Sunday, June 19 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. All programs are free and open to the public.

 

High Country Weekend Family Events April 22-24, 2016

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend in the High Country. There are only two more weekends for you to enjoy Dollar Days at Grandfather Mountain and Mystery Hill! Have a wonderful family weekend. Check out all the fun family events below:

Chetola Smores Blowing Rock NC

April 22:

1. Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days – Only two more weekends to enjoy Dollar Days! Shake off the winter doldrums and experience Grandfather Mountain for an exceptional price. Throughout the month of April, residents and employees of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga and Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, pay only $3 per person to enter the park. Proof of residency or employment required.

2. Mystery Hill Dollar Days – Now through April 30th, any NC resident, NC student, or employee of a NC business can visit Mystery Hill for only $2 per  person!

3. 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.

4. Family Movies {Now Playing}

5. 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.

 

April 23:

1. Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days – Shake off the winter doldrums and experience Grandfather Mountain for an exceptional price. Throughout the month of April, residents and employees of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga and Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, pay only $3 per person to enter the park. Proof of residency or employment required.

2. Mystery Hill Dollar Days – Now through April 30th, any NC resident, NC student, or employee of a NC business can visit Mystery Hill for only $2 per  person!

3. 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.

 

4. Family Movies {Now Playing}

5. Make Tissue Paper Tye Die at Michaels – Drop in for Kids Club from 10-noon on Saturday, April 23rd, where your little makers will make tie dye art with tissue paper. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative, craft fun – supplies included!

6. 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.

April 24:

1. Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days – Shake off the winter doldrums and experience Grandfather Mountain for an exceptional price. Throughout the month of April, residents and employees of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga and Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, pay only $3 per person to enter the park. Proof of residency or employment required.

2. Mystery Hill Dollar Days – Now through April 30th, any NC resident, NC student, or employee of a NC business can visit Mystery Hill for only $2 per  person!

3. 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.

4. Family Movies {Now Playing}

 

High Country Weekend Family Events April 8-11, 2016

Spring is taking a nap this weekend. Bundle up and have lots of great family fun! Hope you all have an enjoyable weekend. Check out all the fun family events below:

April 8:

1. Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days – Shake off the winter doldrums and experience Grandfather Mountain for an exceptional price. Throughout the month of April, residents and employees of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga and Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, pay only $3 per person to enter the park. Proof of residency or employment required.

2. Mystery Hill Dollar Days – Now through April 30th, any NC resident, NC student, or employee of a NC business can visit Mystery Hill for only $2 per  person!

3. Tweetsie Railroad Opening Weekend – 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 daily hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

4. Family Movies {Now Playing}

5. 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.

 

April 9:

1. Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days – Shake off the winter doldrums and experience Grandfather Mountain for an exceptional price. Throughout the month of April, residents and employees of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga and Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, pay only $3 per person to enter the park. Proof of residency or employment required.

2. Mystery Hill Dollar Days – Now through April 30th, any NC resident, NC student, or employee of a NC business can visit Mystery Hill for only $2 per  person!

3. Tweetsie Railroad Opening Weekend – 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.

4. Playhouse BuildFest 2016 – 10-2 at Watauga High School (300 Go Pioneers Drive, Boone, NC 28607)

FREE Admission! Food for sale!

Presented by The Children’s Playhouse and the North Carolina Science Festival. There will be a special “soft open” from 9 am to 10 am for kids with special needs.

This FREE event features hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities for kids aged 2-12. There will be all ages activities as well as activities specifically designed for preschool, grades K-3, and grades 4-6. Last year’s Build Fest was enjoyed by 1000 adults and kids and featured 40 hands-on activities and a live physics and chemistry show. Click here to see a slideshow of last year’s event.

5. Family Movies {Now Playing}

6. Make a Butterfly Clip Canvas at Michaels – Drop in for Kids Club from 10-noon on Saturday, April 9th, where your little makers will make a butterfly clip canvas. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative, craft fun – supplies included!

Butterfly Clip Canvas - April Kids Club

Butterfly Clip Canvas – April Kids Club

7. 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.

8. Elk Knob State Park Statewide Star Party – Join in for the 4th annual Statewide Star Party! Come enjoy the dark skies of Elk Knob. You can use the park’s 8″ Celestron telescope to enhance viewing of celestial objects. If you have a pair of binoculars, please bring them. It is likely to be cold, so dress appropriately for the weather. In the event of inclement weather, we will move inside the park office and use Stellarium so the weather won’t spoil the fun. Meet at the park office at 6:00 p.m. For more information, please call 828-297-7261.

April 10:

1. Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days – Shake off the winter doldrums and experience Grandfather Mountain for an exceptional price. Throughout the month of April, residents and employees of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga and Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, pay only $3 per person to enter the park. Proof of residency or employment required.

2. Mystery Hill Dollar Days – Now through April 30th, any NC resident, NC student, or employee of a NC business can visit Mystery Hill for only $2 per  person!

3. Tweetsie Railroad Opening Weekend – 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.

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