These 5 Must-See Spots are Perfect for Summer

Bliss in West Virginia doesn’t take much. A bright, shining sun. A beautiful mountain backdrop. And time to take it all in. Summer in Almost Heaven is unmatched. These five spots will help you discover all that and more:

1. Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park

Hop aboard a Sternwheeler to ride to this island on the Ohio River. Complete with a Palladian mansion and museum, the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park also features horse-drawn carriage rides to explore the historic island. A relaxing boat ride to the lush green island is the perfect way to spend a summer day.

The island has been made famous by Aaron Burr and his failed treasonous plot to create a new country independent of the United States in 1805. Burr became friends with Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett, who had settled the island, and it was here where he reportedly hatched his conspiracy, which has become the subject of many stories, poems, artwork and Broadway shows. The Blennerhassetts fled the island when Burr’s plot fell apart, but the historical significance and the mansion remain.

2. The Good Zoo at Oglebay Resort

See more than 50 species – 20 of which are rare or endangered – like cheetahs, lemurs, red pandas and otters at the Good Zoo at Oglebay Resort. The historic C.P. Huntington Train Ride takes visitors on a one-and-a-half mile journey through the zoo, passing by various exhibits.

For a special experience, opt for an animal encounter where you can get up close and personal with some of the Oglebay Good Zoo animal residents. You can help zoo keepers feed and train the zoo’s animals.

3. Seneca Rocks

This landmark is stunning any time of year, but summer is the best time to make the trek uphill to get a full view of the valley with the sun shining overhead and puffy clouds in the sky.

Seneca Rocks is located in the Monongahela National Forest and is one of the state’s most well-known landmarks. The rocks rise 900 feet above the North Fork River and are made of white/gray Tuscarora quartzite. You can make the 1.3 mile trek to the top of Seneca Rocks to view the scenic valley below.

4. Pipestem Drive-Inn

Drive-ins around the state are reminiscent of simple times, and the Pipestem Drive-Inn makes it fun for the whole family. Located in Mercer County, the Pipestem Drive-Inn features films for all ages, tasty concessions and special deals on certain days.

Nothing says summer like a few blankets, a cool evening, popcorn and the newest flick on the big screen. This fun family event can be a tradition for generations to come. Bring the family, some comfortable clothes and sit back for an evening of entertainment in the rolling hills of southern West Virginia.

5. Water Ways Park

Located in Julian, Water Ways Waterpark is an outdoor waterpark with waterslides, a lazy river, Kiddy Island and more. With a total of five slides – two of which are body slides and one tube slide that empties into the lazy river, Water Ways has something for everyone.

For the younger members of your family, Kiddy Island is the perfect spot. It’s dedicated to young children and equipped with slides, swings and a water umbrella. There is also a walking trail, sheltered picnic area, gift shop and junior Olympic size swimming pool.

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This post was last updated on August 4, 2020