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."
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