Zoos in CHARLESTON with kids

It’s animal time in Charleston, West Virginia and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Charleston because this The Mountain State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • West Virginia State Wildlife Center

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    (54 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 ...

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  • Kanawha Valley

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    (4 miles) Charleston

    Located just seven miles south of Charleston, West Virginia, this forest's close proximity to the heavily populated Kanawha Valley has made it a recreational haven. A playground attracts families ...

  • Chief Logan State Park

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    (37 miles) Logan

    This 4,000-acre park is one of the most visited in the state park system. The park features a 25-site campground, outdoor amphitheater, and wildlife center. The recreation enthusiast can enjoy miles ...

  • Bluestone National Scenic River

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    (38 miles) Glen Jean

    Bluestone National Scenic River is preserved as a living landscape that provides an unspoiled experience for visitors and a haven for a variety of plants and animals. The park protects a 10.5-mile ...

  • Gauley River Recreation Center

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    (38 miles) Glen Jean

    The 25 miles of free-flowing Gauley River and the six miles of the Meadow River pass through scenic gorges and valleys containing a wide variety of natural and cultural features.

  • Beech Fork State Park

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    (40 miles) Barboursville

    Beech Fork State Park was officially opened in the winter of 1979 and offers 3,144 acres of some of the best recreation experience in the southwestern section of West Virginia.

  • Babcock State Park

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    (43 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.

  • Laurel Lake Wildlife Management Area

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    (48 miles) Lenore

    Laurel Lake Wildlife Management Area, a 12, 851 acre area, is located seven miles northeast of Lenore, West Virginia.

  • Little Beaver State Park

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    (50 miles) Beaver

    Little Beaver State Park is a 562-acre day-use park that features many outdoor recreational opportunities. At the center of the park is an 18-acre lake open for fishing year-round.

  • Three Rivers Avian Center

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    (58 miles) Brooks

    "Wings of Wonder - West Virginia Birds of Prey" presentation is fairly general in scope,custom-tailored to the ages and needs of our audiences. Each presentation includes live birds of prey from ...

  • Bluestone State Park

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    (60 miles) Hinton

    Encompassing over 2,100 acres of rugged, heavily forested, mountainous terrain, Bluestone State Park provides a wide variety of water-oriented activities for guests and residents of southern West ...

  • Berwind Lake Wildife Management Area

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    (72 miles) Warriormine

    Berwind Lake WMA, in McDowell County, is one of the larger Wildlife Management Areas in West Virginia, containing approximately 18,000 acres of rugged mountain terrain common to the southern portion ...

  • Holly River State Park

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    (73 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 ...

  • Beartown State Park

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    (77 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 ...

  • Wayne National Forest

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    (79 miles) Nelsonville

    A beautiful Ohio forest which features over 300 miles of trails for hiking, all-terrain vehicle riding, mountain biking, or horseback riding in season.

  • Moncove Lake State Park

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    (83 miles) Gap Mills

    Tucked away among the hills on the southeastern edge of the state lies Moncove Lake State Park. Located in the pastoral setting of Monroe County, Moncove Lake State Park seems worlds away from ...

  • Watogo State Park

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    (83 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 ...

  • Burr Oak State Park

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    (85 miles) Gloucester

    Over 25 miles for nature loving families to spend the day in, with stunning scenic hiking trails, picnic tables and grills, a 500ft. sandy beach, fishing areas, a public shelter plus campground.

  • Hocking Hills State Park

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    (91 miles) Logan

    Wildlife, waterfalls, caves, nature, and ghosts! Picturesque wilderness for the nature loving family to explore on foot or by bike.

  • Audra State Park

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    (91 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 ...

  • Big Walker Lookout

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    (92 miles) Wytheville

    The oldest privately owned scenic attraction in Virginia, this spot gives you one of the most amazing views of the Appalachian Mountains you will ever see!

  • Waves Of Fun

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    (22 miles) Hurricane

    A great day of water fun in West Virginia with this family waterpark - the perfect way to stay cool over summer with the kids!

  • Splash Zone

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    (94 miles) Clarksburg

    Offers an extensive water play area with varying depths, tipping buckets, interactive jet features and more.

  • Alexander Water Park

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    (100 miles) Dublin

    Water purifying system - No More red eyes, green hair, itchy skin or faded swim suits. 8 Lane Lap Pool, Walk in access to water, Heated Water, 38 ft. long Water Slide, Spray Toys and Water Drops, ...

  • Sassafrass Junction Puppet Theater

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    (13 miles) Saint Albans

    The Theater with its bright purple walls , colorful "tree stage,"and cozy gift shop provide an environment that children of any age can come and dream in.

  • Adventure Quest Inflatables

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    (65 miles) Parkersburg

    We offer the cheapest, cleanest inflatables for all of your event needs! We do all day rentals, and this includes setup and delivery.

  • Starlight Family Fun Center

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    (34 miles) Ripley

    Starlight Family Fun Center is an indoor rink and open year round. Open for skating sessions and available for birthday parties.

  • Pump Up the Fun

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    (37 miles) Huntington

    Great kids fun with an indoor inflatable play park and seasonal outdoor inflatable water park!

  • Camden Park

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    (50 miles) Huntington

    A charming theme park in West Virginia, and a mini theme park just for those under 48" too!

  • Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

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    (84 miles) Nelsonville

    The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway is an organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and operation of historic railroad equipment for the education and entertainment of the general public.

  • Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

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    (1 miles) Charleston

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

  • South Charleston Museum

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    (5 miles) South Charleston

    The South Charleston Museum strives to create a casual learning experience that will appeal to all ages and interests. The purpose of this community museum is to promote the social, educational, and ...

  • Museum of Radio and Technology

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    (47 miles) Hungtington

    Ideal for those kids who just LOVE radios and gadgets, this museum has a huge range of antique radio and communications gear in great condition for them to enjoy.

  • The Highlands Museum and Discovery Center

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    (56 miles) Ashland

    History and heritage along with energy and excitement come together on the Country Music Highway at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center. From 6 months to 96 years old, visitors find activity and ...

  • Hinton Railroad Museum

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    (60 miles) Hinton

    Historic railroad museum int he fromer cox's department store with many artifacts of years gone by on the railroads.