A Grandparent’s Guide to Spring Break in West Virginia

Gearing up to host your grandkids for spring break this year? West Virginia has endless options of activities to do with your crew of kiddos over spring break. Get out of the house and into the mountains with any of these fun choices for quality time.

From toddlers to teens, West Virginia is the perfect place to keep everyone entertained.

Avampato Discovery Museum

Charleston’s Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences is home to the Avampato Discovery Museum which features 3 floors of hands-on discovery exhibits, perfect for a day of non-stop educational fun with the grandkids. They can learn about the science of sound in The Maier Foundation Music Studio, get their body active in Healthy Me and even climb to new heights on Ashton’s Climbing Sculpture. The best part is, you can have fun while learning right along with them.

Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad

Sit back and enjoy a relaxing ride filled with quality time and gorgeous views on Romney’s Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad. Breathe in the fresh spring air and witness nature coming back to life as you journey along the South Branch of the Potomac River. These sounds of vintage diesels are an excitement to adventurers of any age. Make sure to watch for American bald eagles when passing through the Trough, one of the train’s most iconic and scenic spots.

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The Good Zoo

Add some furry friends to the mix, with a trip to The Good Zoo at Wheeling’s Oglebay Resort. Here your grandkids can meet over 50 species of animals, 20 of which are rare or endangered. Learn about a variety of critters as you walk through this animal-filled world. Complete with nature programs, activities for kids and a gift shop, this is guaranteed to be a day that neither you nor your grandkids will ever forget.

Lost World Caverns

Take your grandkids on an exploration 120 feet below the Earth’s surface into a vast wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites at Lost World Caverns in Lewisburg. First discovered in 1942, there are many formations to be seen on your self-guided tour. Take your time and walk at your own pace, the half-mile loop is doable for explorers of any age. The cave remains at a constant 52 degrees, so bringing a light jacket is always a good idea.

The Poky Dot

In celebration of spring break, treat your grandkids to a sweet treat from The Poky Dot in Fairmont. Travel back in time with this 1950’s-themed diner atmosphere. From bright-colored walls to a jukebox, this spot has it all. The entertainment continues on with traditional all-American food and, of course, the one-of-a-kind milkshakes served in a mason jar. Also featuring cakes, pies, cookies and floats, it’s bound to feel like Almost Heaven, indeed.

There is no shortage of spring break fun to be had in Almost Heaven! Create your own custom itinerary by exploring these kid-friendly trip ideas.

This post was last updated on May 17, 2023