Although it often doesn’t make it onto the covers of glossy travel magazines, Wheeling, West Virginia is an ideal place to visit, especially for grandparents and their grandchildren. From parks to museums, from festivals to restaurants, everything you can imagine is right here.
If it’s museums your grandchildren love, look no further than the Oglebay Resort. Located just off I-70, this handsome park features several museums, including the Oglebay Institute Glass Museum and the Northwood Gallery. These house numerous selections of fine glassware, including the Sweeney Punch Bowl, the largest piece of cut glass ever made. The park is also home to the Good Zoo, which features such animals as kangaroos, African wild dogs, red pandas, and much more. What’s more, it’s all reasonably priced.
Wheeling is also home to the Kruger Street Toy Museum, a must-stop for grandchildren and grandparents of all ages. Housed in a restored Victorian home, the museum houses a number of train displays, as well as toys of all descriptions, from space to the Wild West. The museum also features guided tours, so you can get the full experience. When you’re finished with the museum tour, feel free to stop by the gift shop and take home a souvenir of your visit.
For grandparents, Wheeling is also home to several shopping centers, most notably the Highlands. Situated directly alongside I-70, the Highlands is home to a number of national stores, including Books-A-Million, Micahel’s, Target, Rue 21, and many more. The Highlands is also home to a number of restaurants, including Cheddar’s, Olive Garden, Panera Bread, and many more. Whatever your taste, the Highlands has it.
Fall and Winter are ideal times for grandparents and grandchildren to visit Wheeling, as the city is host to a number of festivals and celebrations. Visit the Good Zoo for the thrilling Boo at the Zoo celebration, or wait a little longer and visit during November, when Oglebay is host to the fantastic Festival of Lights, which features several miles of colorful Christmas lights.
You’ll also find numerous hotels to match any budget. The McLure Hotel and the Wilson Lodge, in downtown Wheeling and Oglebay, respectively are perfect if you want the best in luxury accommodations. However, if you’re looking for something a little more modest, the Super 8 and Hampton Inn might be more to your liking.
Overall, Wheeling is a fantastic place for any grandparent to bring a grandchild for a vacation, no matter the time of year. Be warned, however, that sometimes it can get a little snowy, so be sure to check the weather report before you set out on the Highway. However, you’re sure to find Wheeling a wonderful destination spot.