Family Time

a weekend experience for the whole family

Are you craving a weekend filled with adventure, history, and family fun? Ride a sternwheel boat to Blennerhassett Island, where you’ll step back in time to explore history and captivating stories. Then, venture to Discovery World on Market for an exhilarating day of interactive learning and discovery. With a perfect blend of outdoor exploration and indoor excitement, this weekend in Parkersburg promises memories that will last a lifetime.

Step Into the Past…

at Parkersburg’s museums and historical sites, from the mansion where Aaron Burr hatched a treasonous plot on Blennerhassett Island, to the meticulously-preserved home of a friend of our founding fathers, to the region’s industrial roots at the Oil & Gas museum.

Seek Adventure, Family Style…

at the new Discovery World on Market children’s museum with exhibits created to teach young learners, a refuge with exhibits displaying wildlife, history and recreation opportunities, or on one of our many family-friendly parks.

Parkersburg’s thriving art scene

Experience Local Arts…

with a performance at the gorgeous Vaudeville-era Smoot Theatre, a play at the Actors Guild, a concert by the West Virginia Symphony, or an exhibit at the Parkersburg Art Center


Make family memories to last a lifetime by exploring off-the-beaten-path outdoor activities in the Greater Parkersburg area. Bike across bridges and through tunnels on scenic rail-trails, paddle the Ohio River Watertrail offering gentle and flat currents, or grab a walking stick and hit our walking trails for all skills levels and timeframes.

Sweet treats

Enjoy a memorable family experience that will satisfy your sweet tooth and create lasting memories. Embark on a delightful adventure with your little ones to discover the most delectable desserts in town.