The number one question I continue to see in regards to Tweetsie Railroad and visiting the High Country with kids, “Is Tweetsie worth it?”. I recently visited, June 2022, with an 8 and 2.5 year old, here’s my honest review of Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.
*Tweetsie Railroad is a wild west themed amusement park in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.
The short answer: Yes! I think Tweetsie is worth the cost if you visit with younger kids, spend the whole day, and enjoy the shows.
The top things to consider when deciding if a trip to Tweetsie is worth it for your family…
-Tweetsie is best for kids 10 years old and under
–You can find a list of height requirements per ride HERE (there are quite a few rides the under 5 years old crowd can do)
-Not an activity I would do EVERY time we visit the Blowing Rock area, maybe every couple years
-If you’re only visiting the area for a weekend trip I wouldn’t choose Tweetsie as an activity, I would prioritize Grandfather Mountain and other adventure activities over a trip to Tweetsie (100% my opinion, others may strongly disagree)
-To really get your money’s worth you need to spend more than half a day, sit and watch the shows, visit the Deer Park Zoo, ride ALL the rides, and ride the train (Tweetsie recommends 5-6 hours to enjoy the whole park and I agree)
*You can leave for nap time and re-enter*
-2 and under are free, we visited right before my 2 year old turned 3 so only having to pay for one kid helped make the cost seem more “worth it”
Tips for visiting Tweetsie Railroad with Kids:
-You ARE allowed to bring in your own food and coolers (this is a great way to save money and time)
-Strollers are available for rent but guests are encouraged to bring their own as the stroller rental supply is limited
-There’s not a ton of walking but there are hills so a stroller for younger kids is a good idea
-Ghost Train tickets go on sale in August and Tweetsie Christmas tickets go on sale in early September
-If you’re visiting on a hot day The Tweetsie Palace has live shows, air conditioning, and plenty of tables
-Paying for animal feed in the Deer Park is worth the extra couple dollars