Almost Heaven Activities for the Whole Family

When the kids are out of school, the sun lingers in the sky a bit longer and you have a desire to be anywhere outside of your four walls—let country roads take you to almost heaven for an adventure your entire family will appreciate. Whether you’re seeking thrills, entertainment, or even an educational adventure, West Virginia has something for each member of your family.

Experiences for the Thrill-Seeker

West Virginia terrain caters to those looking for an adrenaline rush. If you are feeling particularly daring, consider whizzing through the tree tops on a zipline to catch quite a breeze. Adventures on the Gorge features Gravity Ziplines, which soars 200 feet above ground and takes riders through treetop foliage at 60-65 miles per hour.

Another way to reach new heights is to take a walk on the catwalk of the iconic New River Gorge Bridge with Bridge Walk. You’ll be 850 feet above the rushing white waters of the New River while safely attached to a safety cable.

If heights aren’t your thing, there are plenty of options that won’t require being so high above sea level. Whether it’s white water rafting, kayaking or even stand-up paddle boarding—you’re bound to get your kicks and cool off at the same time.

An appealing alternative for the adrenaline addict, is to hit the Hatfield-McCoy Trails in an ATV. Your family will get an off-road experience that will take you on the path less traveled. To find out more about trails in southern West Virginia, visit the Hatfield-McCoy CVB.

Entertainment for Everyone

Have younger kiddos? There are lots of fun options in almost heaven for your family too.

To beat the summer heat, head to ACE’s Wonderland Waterpark for some relaxing fun in the sun. Multiple, over-sized inflatables rest on top of the water for kids of all age’s enjoyment. The Wonderland Waterpark even features the famous BLOB, where you can launch or be launched into the lake.

Enthralling Education in the Elements

Keeping your school-aged children learning during the summer isn’t as challenging when they’re immersed in an activity within the woods. Guided hiking tours will give you a closer glimpse into the area surrounding the New River Gorge, allow you to explore historic, overgrown coal towns, and introduce your family to indigenous flora and fauna to the state.

Chief Logan State Park is home to more than winding hiking trails, it also incorporates Museum in the Park, with exhibits West Virginia history and art. But that’s not all– the state park additionally has a wildlife center. Many West Virginia State Parks feature interactive, engaging elements for children to learn about the history and surroundings of the park.

Which activity are you planning for this summer?

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This post was last updated on March 18, 2022