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.
What is there to do at Grand Vue Park? The answer to that question changes constantly. In warmer weather, its more than 650 acres present wooded trails for walking and biking, plus three ways to golf—mini golf, disc golf, and a 9 hole par 3 course. There's also an aerial adventure park that includes a high ropes course, giant swing, climbing tower, trampoline, rappelling tower, and mega jump. Plus there's a barbecue restaurant on the property. Depending on the month, all of these activities come with a side of bird watching; different species flock to four feeding stations throughout the park.
Oftentimes birds aren't the only ones creating music, since outdoor festivals occasionally take over the grounds and most drummers love the taste of birdseed. Yet, perhaps the grandest spectacle takes place at the treetops, where eight dual zipline routes zoom through canopies that take on a rainbow of colors during fall. Once the transition to winter completes, it's the perfect time to skate around the ice rink.
Escape Zone Ohio Valley transports sleuths into Chicago's illicit past. One of the rooms finds clue-seekers at a murder scene, a mob hit most foul, centered around a banker's innocent, young daughter. Using their investigative intuition, teamwork, and the clues they find, teams of up to 10 must race against the clock as they figure out this gritty whodunnit.
The other room takes place at the Hellsly Insane Asylum. Home to many patients over the years, the asylum has seen a mysterious reduction in patients under the care of Nurse Crawford. One of her patients, Sally, has disappeared but left behind clues to the disappearances all pointing to Nurse Crawford. Find the clues and get them to the authorities before Nurse Crawford returns or you may also become a victim.
Some things are more than the sum of their parts—especially the exhibits at the Unofficial LEGO Museum, which was featured on A&E's "Shipping Wars". The parts in question are simple: tiny plastic bricks, considered kids' toys by most people. But when the museum's millions of bricks are put together, the result is the world's largest LEGO brick image. The space also houses massive sculptures of everything from an owl to a table of poker players, all looking at cards made of LEGOs. There's even a Spiderman statue, which museum-goers can pose with in pictures, or wait patiently next to, hoping he shoots LEGO webs out of his wrists.
Wheeling's Oglebay Park features well-maintained greens and fairways, making it a prime golf course.
If you've worked up an appetite, no worries! This course also has a fabulous restaurant.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this course — they'll love the scene here as much as mom and dad.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Get ready to take your golf game to the next level when you visit Oglebay Park in Wheeling.
Martial arts at Bridgeport's USA Martial Arts Training Center is a great workout that will leave you feeling Zen.
Their MMA classes will kick your body into shape while elevating your ability to defend yourself.
Jab, hook, kick! These kickboxing classes will teach you the basic fundamentals and give you a great cardio workout.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.