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National Parks / Natural World in BRIDGEPORT

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Bridgeport has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Bridgeport, West Virginia offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Bridgeport itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Tygart Lake State Park

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    (5 miles) Grafton

    Tygart Lake State Park is a cozy, quiet getaway for couples and families. It sits among West Virginia's rolling hills and alongside 10-mile long, 1,750-acre Tygart Lake.

  • Audra State Park

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    (18 miles) Buckhannon

    Before the turn of the century, West Virginians were drawn to the natural beauty of the Middle Fork River and its surroundings. This area is now Audra State Park, a heavily wooded riverside ...

  • Coopers Rock State Forest

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    (39 miles) Bruceton Mills

    Coopers Rock State Forest is 13 miles east of Morgantown and 8 miles west of Bruceton Mills. Its 12,713 acres are bisected by Interstate 68. Although the forest serves as a recreation and ...

  • Blackwater Falls State Park

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    (42 miles) Davis

    Blackwater Falls State Park is named for the falls of the Blackwater River whose amber-colored waters plunge five stories then twist and tumble through an eight-mile long gorge.

  • Holly River State Park

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    (44 miles) Hacker Valley

    The dense forests of Holly River State Park provide guests with a natural feeling of peaceful solitude. Located near the center of the state in Webster County, it is far from the hustle and bustle of ...

  • Seneca State Forest

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    (64 miles) Dunmore

    Oldest of West Virginia's state forests, Seneca borders the beautiful Greenbrier River in Pocahontas County.

  • Watogo State Park

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    (75 miles) Marlinton

    Watoga State Park is located in the mountains of Pocahontas County just 14 miles south of Marlinton, West Virginia. The park consists of 10,100 acres filled with a multitude of recreational ...

  • Beartown State Park

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    (80 miles) Hillsboro

    Beartown State Park is a natural area of 107 acres located on the eastern summit of Droop Mountain, seven miles southwest of Hillsboro, West Virginia. Development of the park has been minimal in ...

  • Babcock State Park

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    (97 miles) Clifftop

    Offers 4,127 acres of serene, yet rugged beauty, a fast flowing trout stream in a boulder-strewn canyon and mountainous vistas to be viewed from several scenic overlooks.

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  • Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum

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    (56 miles) Wheeling

    Come and relive your childhood with the kids, rediscover vintage entertainments and classic home railway equipment.

  • Oil and Gas Museum

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    (71 miles) Parkersburg

    Both oil and natural gas were discovered in western Virginia by the first explorers in the mid-1700s. George Washington acquired 250 acres in what is now West Virginia because it contained an oil and ...

  • Carnegie Science Center

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    (80 miles) Pittsburgh

    Home to Roboworld, the Exploration Station and literally dozens of other activities connecting science and technology with everyday life in dynamic hands on experiences and through thrilling shows ...

  • Toonseum

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    (80 miles) Pittsburgh

    A fun and unique small boutique museum filled with colorful and fascinating cartoon art and comics!

  • Heinz History Center

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    (80 miles) Pittsburgh

    The largest history museum in Pennsylvania, as well as a fascinating sports museum, the Heinz History Center introduces kids to 250 years of Pittsburgh history!

  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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    (81 miles) Pittsburgh

    Dinosaurs are just the beginning at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, where scientific discovery comes alive! Free hands-on and family activities available each weekend and weekdays during the ...

  • Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

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    (100 miles) Charleston

    An interactive world of music, theater, art and science for the whole family to enjoy!

  • Hovatters Wildlife Zoo

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    (32 miles) Kingwood

    Home to over 30 different species of native and exotic animals from all over the world, and even better you can feed over half the animals in the zoo!

  • Good Zoo

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    (60 miles) County Wheeling

    Visitors of all ages will find something pleasing at our zoo which is dedicated to the memory of a seven-year-old boy named Philip Mayer Good, who loved nature. Come visit our new Outback Exhibit, ...

  • West Virginia State Wildlife Center

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    (68 miles) Rock Cave

    The West Virginia State Wildlife Center is a modern zoological facility displaying native and introduced state wildlife. The Wildlife Center is dedicated to presenting visitors a realistic and ...

  • Living Treasures Animal Park

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    (72 miles) Donegal

    Living Treasures is a wonderful setting for a great family experience! The large petting zoo is the thrill of the day for young visitors, while the exotic animals fascinate young and old alike.

  • National Aviary

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    (81 miles) Pittsburgh

    Houses a diverse collection comprising more than 600 birds from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild.

  • Pittsburgh Zoo

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    (84 miles) Pittsburgh

    The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is home to thousands of amazing animals representing more than four hundred species, including 22 threatened or endangered species. One of the many fun family places ...

  • The Wilds

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    (88 miles) Cumberland

    The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative wildlife conservation centers in the world. Located on nearly 10,000 acres in southeast Ohio, it is home to rare and endangered species from around ...

  • Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

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    (61 miles) Cass

    Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park offers excursions that transport you back in time to relive an era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of ...

  • Kennywood

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    (78 miles) West Mifflin

    Theme park fun in Pennsylvania for the whole family with traditional roller coasters, as well as thrill rides and water rides! Cool!

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