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Tweetsie Railroad reopens

Tweetsie Railroad has officially reopened as of April 2 with COVID-19 safety measures, including mandatory face masks and social distancing.

BLOWING ROCK, N.C. — Tweetsie Railroad started welcoming guests back to the beloved family destination in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina on April 2. 

Opening weekend featured a special celebrity: The Easter Bunny, who will be available for family photos in time for the holiday. Tickets are also on sale for Tweetsie's Day Out with Thomas, the popular blue No. 1 engine from the children's cartoon, "Thomas & Friends."

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Visitors will notice a few changes to the park this year, including mandatory face masks and social distancing. The park announced it will put an emphasis on COVID-19 safety measures to protect guests and staff members. 

"This has been the most challenging year in our history, for many reasons, so we can hardly wait for April 2 to welcome back our Tweetsie Railroad family and celebrate in typical Wild West fashion," Cathy Robbins, director of marketing for Tweetsie Railroad, said.

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Tweetsie Railroad changes for 2021

  • All tickets must be purchased in advance for a specific day and train ride time
  • Golden Rail and season pass holders must call to reserve a date and train ride time for all visits
  • The park and train rides will operate at 50% capacity until further notice
  • All guests age 5 and older must wear face coverings at all times indoors and outdoors
  • Indoor dining will be limited but extra outdoor seating has been added
  • Guests are guaranteed just one ride on the Wild West Train Adventure during their visit
  • The blacksmith shop and face painting on Miner's Mountain will be closed