What better place to vacation than at one of West Virginia’s family-friendly resorts or camps? Each of these family-oriented spots offers something unique and fun that your entire family will enjoy. There are so many things to choose, you may have a hard time deciding, but you’ll leave with a better understanding of why the Mountain State is called Wild Wonderful West Virginia!
You won’t run out of the fun things to do at West Virginia’s premier resort, the Greenbrier, located in White Sulphur Springs. This luxury hotel has been around for over 230 years, and is a family-friendly destination that offers over 50 diverse activities that include a 300-seat theater, children’s summer programs, guided white water rafting opportunities, horseback riding, bowling, and swimming. If your family enjoys history, don’t leave without taking the underground tour of the bunker that was built during the Cold War.
Camp Sandy Cove is a faith-based family camp with a rich 60-year history of helping families connect to God and each other. Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, campers can participate in Bible studies, devotions, and other activities. There are day camps and overnight camps with special camps for horsemanship, drama, and circus performance, and father/son and mother/daughter camps.
Child-friendly, family-friendly, pet-friendly, you name it. ACE Adventure Resort in Oak Hill, West Virginia, is just plain friendly! For outdoor fun, the whole family can enjoy, this is an adventure you and your family should experience. From guided white water rafting and other water activities to zip lines around the New River Gorge and overnight camping, this is a one-of-a-kind vacation that your family will remember forever.
When you think of a mountain resort, you may only think of winter activities, but Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Snowshoe, West Virginia, is so much more. Known as a year-round resort, you and your family will have over 250 acres to explore in this beautiful Appalachian hideaway. You can go mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, or geocaching. As a special treat, take the Ballhooter Lift up to Shaver’s Lake for a day at the beach where you can go canoeing, use the stand-up paddleboards, and play a variety of lawn games. The little ones can play on the pirate ship and the mega-playground. There’s fun for everyone!
Many people know Oglebay Resort for the extravagant light show in the winter months, but this is a year-round resort with plenty of summer activities for the entire family. You can create lasting memories with your loved ones as your play miniature golf, go paddle boating, swim in either the outdoor or the indoor pool, shoot a game of pool or go golfing. Kids can play on the playground or go fishing. There are beautiful gardens and walking and jogging trails around the park, and historic mansions to visit. There are seasonal camps for children, and your visit won’t be complete without going to the Good Zoo, West Virginia’s only accredited zoo.
Known as the Jewel of the Highlands, Timberline Four Seasons Resort in Davis, West Virginia, has to be experienced. Family owned and operated for over 30 years, the resort provides year-round opportunities like ski camps in the winter to horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking through the unique Dolly Sods, and scenic chairlift rides that show you beauty that will take your breath away.
Although not technically a resort, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Weston, West Virginia, is a great value for families looking for an overnight vacation destination. Kids 19 and under stay free, and there’s a complimentary full breakfast buffet, fitness center, and a heated indoor pool for those hot summer days when you don’t want to go out. There are plenty of things to do in the area, like a choice of two museums for history buffs, the Museum of American Glass and the Mountaineer Military Museum. The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is nearby for those who want a unique tour, and there are plenty of antique malls and flea markets if your family is looking for special keepsakes to remember the trip.
If your family enjoys a rustic adventure vacation, then Smoke Hole Caverns in Cabins, West Virginia, is the place for you. Located in the beautiful Spruce Knob Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area, this family owned resort offers some of the most scenic areas in this part of the state. Cottages that have full kitchens and cabins with wood burning fireplaces and whirlpool tubs are available for overnight lodging, and activities while there include trout fishing and mining for gems. There’s also a guided tour of nearby Seneca Caverns, once used by Native Americans.
Located at the edge of the New River Gorge, this 31-room lodge is your home away from home while vacationing in this beautiful part of the state. Hawk’s Nest Lodge in Amsted, West Virginia, offers amazing views, great cooking, and friendly staff who can help you plan your activities. With over 276 acres, 14 rivers, and numerous lakes, canyons, and waterfalls in the area, Adventures on the Gorge is not far away. AOTG offers water, air, and land adventures like white water rafting, zip lines, hiking, biking, and caving.
If you want an all-inclusive mountain vacation that your whole family will enjoy, you want to visit Pipestem Resort State Park in Pipestem, West Virginia. Open all year, this facility has two lodges, more than 25 cottages, and over 80 campsites. You can play miniature golf, go horseback riding, ride the tram up the mountain for spectacular views, hike numerous trails, visit the nature center, swim, and have a picnic. This is a family favorite according to several social media sites and special rates and events are listed on their website.