School field trips were always the best – the bus ride, the laughter, the bagged lunches…and adventure! In West Virginia we are blessed with so many amazing destinations for field trips. Those destinations offer kids everything from animals and history to swimming. These 11 field day destinations have stood the test of time and are worth revisiting today.
1. Blennerhassett Island
Located on a small island in the Ohio River the Blennerhassett State Park is a popular destination. It offers a museum, bike trails, walking trails, and the beautiful Blennerhassett mansion. Tour the island in a horse drawn wagon. It’s a trip you won’t forget!
2. John Brown Wax Museum
John Brown’s wax museum is located in the beautiful and historic Harper’s Ferry. The wax museum brings the story of John Brown alive. The wax figures are amazing and an added bonus is it’s in the heart of Harpers Ferry where there are so many incredible things to do.
3. Orr's Farm Market
Orr’s Farm Market located in beautiful Martinsburg is packed full of family fun. The farm originated in the 1930s and since that time it has grown from 60 acres to 350. While visiting Orr’s you get a real taste of farm life and the opportunity to shop their market full of homegrown products.
4. Fenton Glass Art Company
Fenton Art Glass Company in Williamstown is full of history and beautiful glass art. Founded in 1905, Fenton Glass Art exhibits glass art and jewelry. It also offers the opportunity to watch a craftsmen blow glass and create a work of art.
5. Oglebay Good Zoo
Located in Wheeling, the Oglebay Good Zoo is packed full of rare and endangered animals, as well as hands on exhibits and nature programs. The zoo now offers “Encounters with the Animals,” which just adds to the fun!
6. Clay Center For The Arts & Sciences
The Clay Center, located in Charleston, is dedicated to promoting the arts and science. The Clay Center opened in 2003 and has been a popular field trip location ever since. The center holds the Avampato discovery Museum an interactive science museum and art gallery. Kids get the opportunity to experiment with sound, light, color, magnetism and more. The Electric Sky Theater presents a planetarium show that everyone loves!
7. Ace Adventure Resort
Ace Adventure Resort in Summersville is packed full of fun and adventure for kids and adults. The park offers a 5-acre water park full of awesomeness! It includes water slides, inflatable toys, a beach, swimming in a spring-fed mountain lake and a zip line. This is a destination that rocks no matter how old you are!
8. The West Virginia Cultural Center
Charleston’s Cultural Center opened in 1976 and has been a popular choice for field days ever since. The center showcases West Virginia’s artistic, cultural and historic history.
9. Heritage Farm & Museum
The Heritage Farm & Village in Huntington is a step back in time. The village recreates and preserves the Appalachian heritage we are so proud of! It includes a museum, discover zone and a petting zoo. Kids can even participate in farm chores!
10. Tu-Endie-Wei State Park
Located at the confluence of the Kanawha and Ohio Rivers in Point Pleasant, this park is rich in history. The park commemorates the Battle of Point Pleasant fought between settler militia and the forces of Shawnee Chief Cornstalk. Some say Chief Cornstalk still haunts the battlefield.
11. Children's Museum Of The Ohio Valley
Wheeling’s children’s museum is a hands-on museum that stimulates children’s creativity. It offers art, dancing and so much more. Now that you’re an adult you’ll love watching your kids play here.
Revisit your childhood and take a trip to these great destinations again! Did we miss your favorite field trip destination? Share it with us in the comment section!