Best Things to do on a West Virginia Vacation
West Virginia offers visitors exceptional opportunities. From the delicious down-home cooking served at local restaurants to the welcoming hospitality and laid-back atmosphere, breathtaking natural scenery, and unique culture and rich history, there's so much to see and do here it might even feel like a challenge to fit it all in! No matter what season you visit, West Virginia is sure to please everyone in your family.
Enjoy The Culture
In Huntington, visitors can peruse masterpieces at the Huntington Museum of Art, where European and American paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and glass pieces can be seen in the galleries. There's also:
- Folk art
- Chinese and Japanese decorative pieces
- 18th- and 19th-century British silver
Catch a live musical or theatrical performance at the New Opera House—also known as the Old Opera House - in Charles Town, which has produced shows such as "A Little Night Music," "Charlotte's Web" and "Shrek the Musical."
Animal lovers will enjoy a trip the West Virginia Zoo, also known as Hovatter's Wildlife Zoo, in Kingwood that's open seasonally from April through September and on weekends in November. Everyone in your travel group can visit their favorite creature, be it the lions, baboons, camels, tigers or emus.
Learn About The History
West Virginia has a fascinating history, which can be experienced throughout the state. Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park honors the battle of the same name, which occurred during the Civil War near Summersville. Here, at one the oldest state parks in the U.S., you'll find the Patterson House museum, river views, hiking trails and more.
In Wheeling, you'll find Fort Henry, which was the location of two major sieges during the American Revolutionary War. In Harpers Ferry you can visit the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet.