It’s the perfect time to start thinking about a quick summertime getaway, especially with the school year coming to a close in a few months. Families looking to make the most out of a vacation in as little as 48 hours should consider planning a trip to Blowing Rock, N.C. Escape the summer heat with a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains for an unforgettable outdoor summer adventure with stops at an aerial adventure park (High Gravity Adventures), a Western-themed amusement park (Tweetsie Railroad) and more.
We're heading up to Boone and Blowing Rock today, for a family getaway for the long weekend. It's my mom and dad's anniversary, and they wanted to celebrate by going away with the family We couldn't say no when they asked us to join them! This is one of our favorite palces to get away to! This will be our first big trip as a family of four, and traveling with an almost 2-month-old will bring a new set of challenges to family travel for us!
Keeping everyone occupied and entertained is a must!
Here's a list of great places to visit or check out when in Blowing Rock...
Suggested Itinerary – 48 Hours of Family Fun
Experience the Wild, Wild West. Head to Tweetsie Railroad, North Carolina's first theme park, as early as 9:00 a.m. Purchase tickets at the main entrance if you haven’t already done so online. There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy including an authentic Western town built up around Tweetsie Railroad’s Main Street. Hop aboard a train pulled by historic steam engines and experience a three-mile Wild West adventure through the Blue Ridge Mountains that will bring you back in time to the days of the frontier. There’s also plenty of other activities like live entertainment, amusement rides and a Deer Park Zoo to explore!
Lunch at the Park. Grab lunch at one of the on-site dining options at Tweetsie Railroad including Feed & Seed, Sparky’s Southwestern & Barbecue or the Tweetsie Palace Saloon. If you’d rather pack your own lunch, bring it with you to your next destination – High Gravity Adventures. There you’re welcome to eat at one of the surrounding picnic tables or on the open-air observation deck. There are also drinks and snacks available for sale at High Gravity Adventures.
Take to the Air. Spend the afternoon at High Gravity Adventures which is open for their spring schedule until 8:00 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The park’s summer schedule will start closer to Memorial Day weekend and will be open 7 days a week. This exciting aerial adventure park is right next door to Tweetsie Railroad and is perfect for the whole family with challenges fit for adults and little ones as young as four years of age. In all, more than 75 different challenges make up the course where guests will be able to climb, balance and swing from heights of 15 to 50 feet in the air. You’ll even get a 20 percent discount on your ticket by showing your same day Tweetsie Railroad ticket stub.
Hit the Hay. After your action-packed day, enjoy first-class accommodations at Chetola Resort, an 87-acre resort within walking distance of downtown Blowing Rock. There’s a restaurant on-site called Timberlake Restaurant, serving up a delicious menu with Angus bistro filets, seafood, pan-seared duck and tempting house made desserts. There are also several other restaurants in the area that you could explore here too.
Discover Treasures. Start your day sifting through the mine ore at the family-owned Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine to unearth beautiful gemstones that come from local gemstone mines. If you find a special stone, the geological experts on staff will give you the option to cut the gem on the spot and provide jewelry options. There’s also a fossil museum on-site where visitors can see a T-Rex skull up close!
Explore Optical Illusions. If you and your family are ready to be amazed, stop by Mystery Hill, an attraction that has a natural gravitational anomaly and a series of optical illusions the whole family will enjoy. Mystifying visitors since 1948, this park entertains guests with the Bubblerama where visitors actually stand inside a giant soap bubble, a Mystery Platform where your friends shrink before your eyes, and the Flying Mirror where you learn to fly. It’s a unique attraction you don’t want to miss!
Sightsee Blowing Rock. Discover the wonder of the Blue Ridge Mountains by visiting the majestic Glen Burney Falls unique to the Blowing Rock destination. Reach the falls by hiking the 1.6 mile Glen Burney Trail which was believed to be a Native American pathway. And, don’t miss taking in the scenic mountainside by horseback with VX3 Trail Rides. Create lasting memories with the family while riding in and around Blowing Rock viewing the abundant beauty with friendly and knowledgeable guides.