Fun, Free Activities for Kids to do in West Virginia
As a family we are always looking to take budget friendly family vacations. You will not believe all the fun free activities there is to do in West Virginia. Make sure you check out this great list of fun places to go and things to see. Your wallet will thank you and so will your family.
1. West Virginia Department of Culture and History operates 6 museums that are all free to the public. Check out the link to see all that these cool museums have to offer.
2. Huntington Museum of Art offers a free Saturday time from 1-3. It’s offered every Saturday and open to the public for kids from k-5th grade. They do a new arts and craft project every Saturday.
3. International Mother’s Day Shrine was started because the founders of Mother’s Day lived down the street. It’s a wonderful exhibit for moms everywhere.
4. Ritter Park is a fun free park for kids. They can zip line, dig for dinosaur bones, play at the playground, explore a castle and even watch a water show. So much to do you may need to pack a lunch and stay all day. If you are into geocaching there’s a geocache hidden here. That’s such fun for my family because we are into geocaching!
5. Hike the Appalachain Trails are always free and have beautiful scenery. Another great place you could pack a picnic lunch and spend a day with family enjoying the outdoors.
What fun things have you found to do in West Virginia? Let me know of any free activities for kids that your family had fun doing in a comment! I may just write a blog post around it!
A recent day trip to Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park near Summersville, WV was a great end to the summer. If you are a Civil War or American history buff, you have probably heard of the Civil War Trails that span five states including West Virginia. Located on the ridges of the Gauley River Canyon, near Summersville, sits one of the pivotal Civil War battlefields for the state of West Virginia. After two years of being entrenched in a once peaceful family farm, the Confederate soldiers were forced to retreat, thus losing the foothold in this region to the Union forces. As a result and soon afterward, the movement to breakaway from Virginia and become a sovereign state proceeded, and the state of West Virginia was created. [Read more...]
When you think of a Fall trip to an orchard, apples probably are the first things to come to mind. However, if you go early enough…say the end of August/first of September, you could score some juicy peaches, blackberries and early apples. It’s the perfect time to go pick your own orchard-fresh fruit! [Read more...]
When asked what their favorite part of the West Virginia State Fair was, just about everyone answers “FOOD!” We thought it would be helpful to those new to the fair to give them a quick snapshot of what they should be sure to try while visiting. We aren’t talking about novelties like donut burgers or fried Snickers bars, these are the foods that have been long standing favorites for several generations of fair goers. [Read more...]
2013 State Fair of West Virginia
It’s that time again…time for the entire state to come together to show off their best in livestock, crafts, art, produce, textiles and unique talent, for all to see and judge! Time for yummy fair food, carnival games, big stuffed animal prizes, thrilling rides and awesome concerts. The State Fair of West Virginia is held annually in Fairlea (Greenbrier County), for ten days. [Read more...]
West Virginia Farmer’s Markets: Greenbrier Valley
We had a great morning touring our local West Virginia Farmer’s Markets in Lewisburg! We were happy to find that Lewisburg offers two markets on Saturdays. Our first stop was the Greenbrier Valley Farmer’s Market, on the corner of Jefferson (Rt. 219) and Arbuckle Lane. Open seasonally, roughly from April thru November, the market has a wonderful selection of fresh local produce, beautiful cut flowers, hand made artisan breads, fresh handmade pastries and quick breads, fruit, honey, grass fed beef, farm fresh eggs and delicious kettle corn. [Read more...]
Harmony Creek Junction
Yet another fine example of the talent that resides in these West Virginia hills! From Greenbrier County, the five-piece bluegrass band Harmony Creek Junction is touring venues around West Virginia this summer. Included in the tour are Carnegie Hall, The Greenbrier Resort, The State Fair of West Virginia, The Alderson 4th of July Celebration, and this morning on WVVA’s morning show.
John Henry Days in Talcott, West Virginia
Celebrate the legend of John Henry, the Steel Drivin’ Man. This festival includes three days of crafts, free music, a parade, car show, water events and many other fun activities. Located in Talcott, WV at the John Henry Memorial Park, July 12-14, 2013. Find out more about John Henry Days here and here.
The Friends of Coal Auto Fair
Want to see Travis Tritt and the Davisson Brothers Band? Well head on over to Beckley on Saturday, July 20th at 7pm for a great show. The Friends of Coal Auto Fair begins on Thursday, July 18th with a kick off party with the bands Motion Theater and Shea. On Friday, the 19th the fun continues from 10am to 11pm and through Sunday. [Read more...]