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!
A charming theme park in West Virginia, and a mini theme park just for those under 48" too!
Explore this modern zoological facility in West Virginia, showcasing native and introduced state wildlife.
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!
Come face to face with rare & endangered species that reside in this large West Virginia zoo with a variety of exhibits & nature programs!
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 park fun for kids of all ages, as well as a cool 18 hole mini golf course and picnic spots!
A fun splash zone offering an extensive water play area with varying depths, tipping buckets, interactive jet features & more!
A family fun center complete with water park, plus go karting, indoor play, mini golf & more! Family fun in West Virginia!
Explore the exciting history of the 18th century exploration of West Virginia at the Oil & Gas Museum
An interactive world of music, theater, art and science for the whole family to enjoy!
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.
Come and relive your childhood with the kids at this charming toy and train museum in West Virginia
John Brown Wax Museum tells the story of John Brown and the raid on Harpers Ferry. with voice, music & animation to enhance the experience!
Historic railroad museum int he fromer cox's department store with many artifacts of years gone by on the railroads.
Burning Rock Outdoor Adventure Park has the trails to take your vacation from great to unforgettable. Family vacations in the West Virginia mountains that will make that trip to the beach feel like work.
Family ten pin bowling fun in West Virginia with Mountaineer Bowling Lanes! 51 years of family fun and counting!
Outdoor adventures to be had in West Virginia with white water rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, ATV tours, paintball....and that's not all! Get ready for an ACE adventure!
Get out and see the beautiful Mountain State of West Virginia with the fun activity of geocaching! ExploreWV will set up groups to give you an excellent and adventurous day out!
Incredible outdoor adventures for the whole family on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers! Rafting, canopy tours, tubing, kayaking, rock climbing...the list goes on!
West Virginia adventures in the incredibly outdoors, with whitewater rafting, zip line, and canopy tours!
This trail system is known for its breathtaking scenic views and is part of the enormous Hatfield and McCoy Trail system. They welcome ATV, UTV and dirt bike riders to come and explore together!
This 4,000-acre West Virginia park is one of the most visited in the state park system, with campground, outdoor amphitheater, wildlife center, hiking trails, a swimming pool with water slide, tennis, and miniature golf!
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. A stunning state park in West Virginia
Watoga State Park is located in the mountains of Pocahontas County spread over 10,100 acres filled with a multitude of recreational activities including hiking, swimming, fishing and boating.
Once the site of a lumber and grist mill community, the scenic treasure of Valley Falls State Park is a 1,145 acre day use park with a variety of outdoor recreation including fishing, picnicking, kayaking, and 18 miles of hiking!
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.
Oldest of West Virginia's state forests, Seneca borders the beautiful Greenbrier River in Pocahontas County and is a great day for the family with fishing, hiking, golf, swimming and more!
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 Virginia!
Three Rivers Avian Center offer free public tours once a month to showcase the work they are doing to ensure the future of the bird species!
Coopers Rock State Forest is 12,713 acres of national forest, with trails, hiking, golf, fishing, and plenty of outdoor adventure in West Virginia!
Explore West Virginia's second largest park, with over 8,000 acres of camping, swimming, hiking, wildlife, and sports to enjoy with the family!
One of West Virginia's most popular picnic areas, Kanawha State Forest is 9,300 acres of playgrounds, camping, hiking and biking trails!
Laurel Lake Wildlife Management Area, a 12, 851 acre area, is located seven miles northeast of Lenore, West Virginia.
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. Great family fun!
Tucked away among the hills of West Virginia, Moncove Lake State Park seems worlds away from everyday realities with kayaking, history, trails, biking and more!
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 section of the Bluestone River in Southern West Virgi....
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.
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 campground that continues to awe visitors!
Babcock State Park is 4,127 acres of serene, yet rugged beauty with fishing, hiking, camping and more!
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, with great family fun!
Beech Fork State Park is 3,144 acres of some of the best recreation experience in the southwestern section of West Virginia!
Berkeley Springs State Park is located in the center of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The Bathhouse first opened in 1930 and since then thousands have enjoyed the variety of baths and treatments in the warm mineral waters!
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.
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 everyday life.
Adventures to be had 120 feet below the surface of the earth in this cavern wonderland! Self-guided tours take the whole family on a day out underground!
A unique underground coal mine tour, mine museum, coal camp, with hands-on children’s exhibits, planetarium, and even pioneer village - talk about a range of family activities!
Make your big day one to remember with the soccer and basketball themed parties. Loads of fun for the family, entertainment and play for hours!!
Skateland in Buckhannon, WV has been entertaining skaters since 1950, with fun skating sessions for all ages!
Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park and the Friends of Blennerhassett, its volunteer group, are pleased that you will visit our park. The Island is open May 1 through October of each year. While visiting our park you should allow at least thr....
- located in the Greenbrier River Valley north of Lewisburg and is the site of West Virginia's last significant Civil War battle. Good idea if you're after fun places to go with kids in West Virginia.
Visit the re-creation of Prickett's Fort from 1174, a historic rustic log cabin, in a stunning West Virginia state park.
A visit to this quaint, historic community, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, is like stepping into the past. Stroll the picturesque streets, visit exhibits and museums, or hike our trails and battlefields. There's a wide variet....
Voted the #1 attraction in Martinsburg, Wonderment Puppet Theater offers 6 productions a year in an old Victorian house!
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.
Great kids fun with an indoor inflatable play park and seasonal outdoor inflatable water park!
This believe-it-or-not astounding experience has intrigued many people both young and old over the years. Did see what you thought your saw; or are your eyes were playing!
Relax on the banks of Summersville Lake at this family campground and cabins. Swimming, mini golf, inflatables, and day use also!