Things To Do in West Virginia

Visit for Two, Four, or Six to The Unofficial LEGO Museum (50% Off)

The Unofficial LEGO Museum

Bellaire

$16 $8

Pose with intricate LEGO sculptures of Darth Vader, Spiderman, and Bart Simpson

$25 for One G-Pass to Avenged Sevenfold, Korn & More at First Niagara Pavilion on July 26 (Up to $38.50 Value)

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival feat. Avenged Sevenfold & Korn

First Niagara Pavilion

$38.50 $25

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival featuring Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, and more

River Raft Trip with Two Nights of Camping and Optional Ziplining from Adventures on the Gorge (Up to 62% Off)

Adventures on the Gorge

Lansing

$219 $99

Cruise the rapids of New River or Gauley River, then spend two nights camping with access to mountain bikes, a pool, and hiking trails

Four-Hour Rock-Climbing Tour for Two from New River Climbing School (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

New River Climbing School

New River Gorge

$190 $95

A team of certified rock-climbing guides equips students with gear before leading tours customized to participants' skill levels

Two-Night Rafting and Camping Trip with Optional Zipline Experience from USA Raft (Up to 49% Off)

USA Raft

Oak Hill

$130 $66

Spend two nights camping under the stars, raft down Class V rapids during the day, and even ride a zipline for extra adventure

Two-Night Rafting and Camping Trip with Optional Zipline Experience from USA Raft (Up to 49% Off)

USA Raft

Oak Hill

$130 $66

Spend two nights camping under the stars, raft down Class V rapids during the day, and even ride a zipline for extra adventure

Apple Picking and Cornfield-Maze Outing for Two or Four at Ridgefield Farm (Up to 50% Off)

Ridgefield Farm

Shepherdstown

$56 $28

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Century-old farm grows orchards of a variety of apples and entices autumn fun seekers with a winding corn maze

$14 for $25 Worth of Services at Northern Kiss Farm, LLC

Northern Kiss Farm Llc

Wytheville

$25 $14

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you.

$149 for a Tandem Skydiving Jump for One from Skydive The Gorge ($299 Value)

Capital City Skydiving

Skydive the Gorge

$299 $149

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Tethered to an instructor, skydivers free-fall at up to 120 miles per hour before floating to earth

$84 for Two-Night Rafting and Camping Trip from River Expeditions ($140 Value)

River Expeditions

Oak Hill

$140 $84

Paddlers raft the Lower New River’s frothy whitewater by day, and camp out at night

$84 for Two-Night Rafting and Camping Trip from River Expeditions ($140 Value)

River Expeditions

Oak Hill

$140 $84

Paddlers raft the Lower New River’s frothy whitewater by day, and camp out at night

18 Holes of Golf for Two or Four at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center (32% Off). Weekday and Weekend Options.

Oglebay Resort & Conference Center

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$144 $98

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Golfers choose between two 18-hole championship style courses that feature sweeping vistas and challenging layouts

Ghost Tour or Overnight Ghost Hunt for 2, or Seance for 2 or 4 at The Haunted Cottage (Up to 50% Off)

The Haunted Cottage

Harpers Ferry

$40 $20

Said to be haunted, the vacation home of John Wilkes Booth hosts overnight ghost hunts and seances attempting to contact Jack the Ripper

Firearm Training Courses for One or a Private Lesson for Two at WV Defensive Firearms Training (Up to 51% Off)

WV Defensive Firearms Training

Beckley Gun Club

$80 $39

Classes take place at an outdoor range; business helmed by an NRA-certified pistol instructor and active-duty law-enforcement officer

Kings of Leon at First Niagara Pavilion on Friday, August 29, at 7 p.m. (Up to 61% Off)

Kings of Leon

First Niagara Pavilion

$51.80 $20

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Nashville quartet unleashes their blend of southern rock and grunge in support of Mechanical Bull

Concealed-Carry Training for One or Two at The Gun Class (Up to 56% Off)

The Gun Class

The Gun Class

$100 $49

The course meets the requirements to apply for concealed-carry licenses in Virginia or West Virginia

$20 for Tour & Wine Tasting for 2, Plus Glasses & Take-Home Wine at Watts Roost Vineyard ($38 Value)

Watts Roost Vineyard

Central

$38 $20

Award-winning vineyard hosts tours and tastings, and duos go home with souvenir wine glasses and two bottles of wine

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Though spectral forms and shadowy figures still reside in The Haunted Cottage, its greatest legacy is as the occasional vacation home of assassin John Wilkes Booth. Also known as the Booth House, The Haunted Cottage is home to paranormal researcher Vince Wilson, who helms the haunted abode's ghost tours and maintains the paranormal library and history museum, where guests can spy a vampire skeleton among other supernatural exhibits. All this knowledge pours from Vince's mouth during tours and investigations, which pair breakdowns of the house's 200-year history with actual equipment designed to catch ghosts, from cameras and digital recorders to EMF meters.

The Haunted Cottage also strives to school spirit-seekers with paranormal-research training that cycles through parapsychology topics such as extrasensory perception, hypnosis, and psychic healing.

43 Old Taylor Ln
Harpers Ferry,
WV
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There are entire cities with fewer attractions than those contained within the 1,700-acre grounds of Oglebay Resort & Conference Center. Originally built at the beginning of the 20th century as the summer estate of Cleveland industrialist Earl W. Oglebay, the resort has since been consistently evolving and improving.

In 1937?as a part of federal relief project?a massive outdoor swimming pool was built along with the Crispin Center, a stately building forged from locally mined sandstone; both remain cornerstones of the resort. The post-war era working boom fueled the creation of tennis courts (today, they have both indoor and outdoor options), picnic sites, and nature trails and roads.

With its scenery, space, and splendid infrastructure, Oglebay Resort was an attractive location for the development of a golf course. Two of the world's most famous course architects happened to agree. In the 1970s, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed a championship layout into the landscape; it has gone on to host the LPGA Classic 11 times. Three decades later, Arnold Palmer placed his artistic spin on the soil, creating another 18-hole, championship golf course.

Whether lodging in one of the resort's rustic cottages, a sprawling estate house, or simply booking a room in the Wilson Lodge, guests won't have to go far to find entertainment on the resort grounds. A walk across the lawns?which feature an English garden?leads them to the Good Zoo, home to 50 species of exotic animals including salamanders and tamarin monkeys. Guests hoping to interact with animals can also head to the Oglebay stables, where horses await to play games of chess in which the knight is the only piece.

465 Lodge Dr.
Wheeling,
WV
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The Range

Courses take place at Beckley Gun Club's outdoor range.

The Rentals

A selection of rental pistols is available for students who don't bring their own.

At a Glance

WV Defensive Firearms Training's chief instructor, Jonathan Clemins, works as an active-duty law-enforcement officer in West Virginia. He holds NRA certification and a range-safety-officer license, not to mention his teaching experience as a professor of forensic science and criminal justice. This impressive resume guides Mr. Clemins as he leads intensive, six- to eight-hour courses in the proper use of handguns and tactical rifles.

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Beckley,
WV
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Under the sprawling roof of First Niagara Pavilion, music greats such as Billy Joel, Rush, and Jimmy Buffett have all taken over the stage as fans throughout the amphitheater space watch, transfixed. Whether enjoying the show from the open-air pavilion or the verdant lawn, concertgoers demonstrate their love for the performers by dancing along to the music or holding up lighters engraved with the lead singer’s astrological sign.

665 Route 18
Burgettstown,
PA
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In the 900,000-acre Monongahela National Forest, amid the bald eagles, deer, herons, and small-mouth bass, lies Blackwater Outdoor Adventures, a family-owned business dedicated to equipping treks into the outdoors that surround it. From their river outpost and general store, staffers dispatch water vessels to traverse the clear waters of the Cheat River, a scenic passageway carved into the rolling hills with plenty of areas for swimming and fishing. Blackwater also operates a 7-acre campsite on the banks of the river, where groups can lessen the edge of the outdoors with hot showers and space to store boats, gear, and inflatable six-bedroom homes.

60 Location Rd.
Parsons,
WV
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On the rolling hillsides of Wheeling, West Virginia, the white pillars of the Mansion Museum stand majestically over the manicured lawns and landscaped gardens of the Oglebay Institute. Originally built in 1846 as an eight-bedroom farmhouse, the mansion entered the Oglebay family in 1900, and was willed to the city 30 years later to serve as a facility for education and recreation. Today it features a rotation of exhibits and programs, which share fine art, glassware, and environmental education with more than 100,000 people annually.

Tucked next to the Mansion, the glass museum has collected some 3,000 pieces of Wheeling glass, cut lead crystal, and Victorian art glass. The Sweeney Punch Bowl, a 5-foot, 225-pound piece of cut lead crystal, is the jewel of the collection, epitomizing the aesthetic splendor and unwieldy nature of most Victorian-era flasks. The Schrader Environmental Education Center imparts visitors with an appreciation for the natural world with interactive trail tours, campfires, and astronomy events; and the Stifle Fine Arts Center's ever-changing visual-arts exhibits display work from local and national artists.

1330 National Road
Wheeling,
WV
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