Things to do in West Virginia with kids

For those outdoor loving families, West Virginia is your new best friend! Hiking, biking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and caving will all give the kids something exciting to tell their friends about. A true adventure!

There are SO many places to experience these thrills. ExploreWV GeoChallenge is a unique and fun way to work together as a family exploring the beautiful mountain trails. ACE Adventure Resort gives you almost TOO many options - rafting, biking, ATV, mud obstacle courses….you name it! The Greenbrier River Trail offers cross-country skiing (yep - it’s an all year round state!) as well as horseback riding, and Hatfield McCoy Trails give dirt bike and ATV riders incredible scenery to navigate through.

Of course, the adventure isn’t all above ground! Lost World Caverns and Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine give kids a chance to explore the incredible formations below the earth’s surface.

Top that off with animal attractions, museums, indoor play, amazing national parks and stunning state parks, and good old fashioned water parks - West Virginia really is jam packed with kids fun! Good luck choosing what to do first!

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  • Camden Park

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    Huntington

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

  • Waves Of Fun

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    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!

  • Water Ways

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    Julian

    Water park fun for kids of all ages, as well as a cool 18 hole mini golf course and picnic spots!

  • Jaydees Family Fun Center

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    Inwood

    Features include water park with slides and splash toys, interactive kids' museum, go karting, jungle gym indoor play, mini golf and mini train and gem panning game.

  • Splash Zone

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    Clarksburg

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

  • Good Zoo

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    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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    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 ...

  • Hovatters Wildlife Zoo

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    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!

  • West Virginia Penitentiary Tours

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    Moundsville

    Unlike most of the people who've previously walked through the gates of the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville, you can be fairly certain you'll be walking out again a few hours later.

  • Valley Worlds Of Fun

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    Fairmont

    We are a family entertainment center dedicated to wholesome fun for kids of all ages. Furthermore, we are a tobacco and alcohol free facility. Seven acres of fun including 24 Bowling Lanes, Lasertag, ...

  • Pump Up the Fun

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    Huntington

    Indoor party center with inflatable structures including a 40 ft long obstacle court.

  • Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum

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    Wheeling

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

  • South Charleston Museum

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    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 ...

  • Hinton Railroad Museum

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    Hinton

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

  • Oil and Gas Museum

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    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 ...

  • John Brown Wax Museum

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    Harpers Ferry

    The John Brown Wax Museum graphically tells the story of John Brown and the raid on Harpers Ferry. Voice, music, & animation enhance the experience. One of the many fun family places to visit if ...

  • Museum of Radio and Technology

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    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.

  • Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

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    Charleston

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

  • Bluestone National Scenic River

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    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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    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.

  • Audra State Park

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    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 ...

  • Babcock State Park

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    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.

  • Beartown State Park

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    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 ...

  • Beech Fork State Park

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    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.

  • Berkeley Springs State Park

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    Berkeley Springs

    Berkeley Springs State Park is located in the center of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The Bathhouse first opened in 1930. Since then, thousands have enjoyed the variety of baths and treatments in ...

  • Berwind Lake Wildife Management Area

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    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 ...

  • Blackwater Falls State Park

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    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.

  • Watogo State Park

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    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 ...

  • Valley Falls State Park

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    Fairmont

    Once the site of a lumber and grist mill community, the scenic treasure of Valley Falls State Park is located only a short drive from Fairmont and Grafton. This 1,145 acre day use park hosts a ...

  • Tygart Lake State Park

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    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.

  • Seneca State Forest

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    Dunmore

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

  • Bluestone State Park

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    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 ...

  • Chief Logan State Park

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    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 ...

  • Coopers Rock State Forest

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    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 ...

  • Holly River State Park

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    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 ...