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100 Things to Do

May 29, 2014
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

-- Get a taste of Italy at the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival.

-- See the biggest names - and next big things - in country music at the famous Jamboree In The Hills in Morristown, which takes place the third weekend in July.

-- Hit the trails in your all-terrain vehicle at Powerline Park near St. Clairsville.

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-- Hit the links at one of the Ohio Valley's many golf courses.

-- Get rid of the late-summer blues at the Heritage Music BluesFest, featuring local talent and blues music legends.

-- See a special event at Wheeling's WesBanco Arena, which offers concerts, sporting events and other big attractions.

-- Play rockstar at an open mic or jam night at one of several venues in the area.

-- Catch a show at the renovated Capitol Theatre, which welcomes music, Broadway shows and numerous other events all year long.

-- Run a 5K, several of which take place throughout the area from spring through fall. Many benefit charities, giving runners a purpose for their effort.

-- "Ooh" and "aah" at any of the various community fireworks displays that light up the Valley sky throughout the summer.

-- Experience the classics - as well as some modern favorites - with the Wheeling Symphony

-- See the NHL's stars of tomorrow at a Wheeling Nailers hockey game.

-- Boat, swim or ski on the Ohio River.

-- Take a tour of the Cathedral of St. Joseph, St. Alphonsus Church, Lebanese and Greek and other historic church buildings.

-- Take in the festivities at the Mahrajan, set for Sunday, Aug. 10, at Oglebay Park's Camp Russell.

-- Peruse the vinyl record collection at Words & Music Bookshop, located at Stratford Springs, or at stores in Centre Market.

-- Grab a camera and take a closer look at the iconic Wheeling Suspension Bridge. At the time of construction, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world.

-- Ride a rail or do a kick-flip at Wheeling's skate park.

-- Enjoy an "Elvis sighting" at the Victoria Theater.

-- Hike the trails behind Oglebay Institute's Schrader Center to explore the falls tucked away among the trees.

-- Visit the spectacular gardens at the Krishna Palace of Gold in Moundsville. Be sure to keep an eye out for the peacocks and other animals that roam the property.

-- Go for a hike, spot wildlife or just wet a line at Bear Rock Lake near Valley Grove.

-- Learn to square dance or ballroom dance at Stifel Fine Arts Center.

-- Go on a walk, run or ride your bike on Wheeling Heritage Trail and take in the great views of the river.

-- Fish on the banks of the Ohio River, creeks, strip pits or ponds.

-- Join a health club or gym.

-- Walk and compare the different walking trails in area communities.

-- Volunteer for work in a community garden.

-- Enjoy the thrills and high speeds of one of the area's vintage raceboat regattas. The New Martinsville Records Challenge and Regatta takes place in September, while Wheeling's Vintage Raceboat Regatta takes place at the end of August.

-- Gaze at the stars through Oglebay's telescope or at Brooke Hills Park in Wellsburg.

-- Take a non-college credit class at one of the area's many institutions of higher learning, just to learn something new.

-- Join a Toastmasters club to develop advanced speaking skills, meet new people and share new experiences.

-- Take a Sunday afternoon drive along U.S. 250 to Ryerson Station State Park in Pennsylvania.

-- Get a first-hand look at the daily lives of law enforcement at Wheeling's citizen's police academy training.

-- Remember playing with toys that were made in the Ohio Valley at the official Marx Toy Museum in Moundsville.

-- Take a scenic drive up to Bethany College and walk around its picturesque campus during the summer.

-- Learn how to ride a horse at Oglebay Stables. Make sure to be introduced to their miniature pony.

-- Strap in and ride the zipline or take the canopy tour at Grand Vue Park.

-- Take a drive through Washington County, Pa., for a great covered bridge tour.

-- Experience an eerie part of history at the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville. For more brave adventurers, go on an overnight ghost hunt within the confines of the building.

-- Grab an ice cream cone at Johnny and Shar's Big Dipper Ice Cream shop in Moundsville. Afterward, take a tour of their antique amusement park museum upstairs.

-- Enjoy a meal at one the Ohio Valley's iconic local eateries. From Coleman's Fish to Dicarlo's and everything in between, there's something unique for everyone.

-- Take your binoculars and check out the birds at Grand Vue Park's bird feeding stations.

-- Camp, fish and swim at Seneca, Tappan or Piedmont lake. In addition to the obvious fun, there are dozens of activities at these parks to keep a person busy.

-- Enjoy nature and get in a workout on the National Road Bikeway in St. Clairsville.

-- See a movie at the Carmike Cinemas in St. Clairsville or Marquee Cinemas at The Highlands. Both offer matinee and daily specials to make the movie-going experience lighter on your wallet.

-- Ride the train and take a personal safari while visiting the Oglebay Good Zoo.

-- Enjoy a day at the beach without leaving home at Barkcamp State Park.

-- Take advantage of any of the area's many community parks.

-- Eat a brown bag lunch at Heritage Port.

-- Kayak on any of the area's many smaller waterways, or get adventurous and explore the Ohio River. Watch out for barges.

-- Enjoy afternoon tea at The Eckhart House in North Wheeling.

-- Play pickleball at the Elm Grove courts.

-- See the King Pumpkin and enjoy one of many pumpkin-inspired foods at the annual Barnesville Pumpkin Festival.

-- Croon like a member of the Rat Pack or leave the singing to the professionals at the Dean Martin Festival in Steubenville.

-- Relive your childhood by building with Legos at the Bellaire Plastic Brick Museum. Bare feet are not encouraged.

-- Go antiquing in the Centre Market area of Wheeling.

-- Play at the Children's Museum of the Ohio Valley

-- Take in a man-made wonder at the Grave Creek Mound Archeological Complex in Moundsville. Hike to the top of the mound for an amazing view of the city.

-- Get a glimpse into frontier life at Historic Fort Steuben in Steubenville.

-- Stimulate your tastebuds at the Wheeling Chili Cookoff, held in June.

-- Play with toys from your past at the Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum.

-- Learn about the constellations and stars at Oglebay's Benedum Planetarium.

-- Catch an award-winning film at the Towngate Theatre.

-- Learn the history of the Underground Railroad and the area's importance to the end of slavery at the Underground Railroad Museum in Belmont County.

-- Once the temperature starts dropping, lace up the skates and hit the ice at Wheeling Park's ice rink. For beginners, leave the triple axles to the professionals.

-- Take a chance on a slot machine or table game, or bet on the dogs or horses at one of the areas racetracks and casinos.

-- Gain a better understanding of Wheeling's importance to West Virginia becoming a state - and its significance to the end of the Civil War - at the West Virginia Independence Hall in downtown Wheeling.

-- Discover a good book or take part in any number of activities at one of the valley's local libraries.

-- Learn about nature and all of its wonder at Oglebay Institute's Schrader Environmental Education Center.

-- Learn how things work and do an experiment or two at the SMART Science Center in Center Wheeling.

-- Play disc golf at one of the area's many courses.

-- Hang on tight as you soar down the waterslide at the Wheeling Park pool.

-- Find fresh, local produce at the Wheeling Farmers' Market's two locations: St. Michael's parking lot, 1225 National Road, and the Ben Franklin parking lot at the Elm Terrace Shopping Center in Elm Grove. Other farmer's markets are held in Bellaire, Barnesville, Belmont, Cameron, Moundsville, New Martinsville, Steubenville, St. Clairsville and Weirton, to name a few.

-- Play a singles or doubles match on Wheeling Park's tennis courts.

-- Check out some of the region's eclectic music throughout the summer at the Berkman Amphitheatre as part of the Fort Steuben concert series.

-- Experience the battle of Fort Henry at Oglebay Park's Fort Henry Days re-enactment. The weekend-long event takes place Labor Day weekend.

-- Spend a summer afternoon at a community pool. While many have disappeared over the years, those that remain are vital facets of their respective communities. Don't forget the sunscreen.

-- Take in an amateur sporting event, from Little League through post-high school leagues.

-- See a movie with a view unlike any theater at Wheeling's Riverfront movie nights, which take place throughout the summer and are family friendly.

-- Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater and listen to a variety of music at the Summer Sunday Concert Series, through August.

-- Kick the early-week blues by cutting a rug at Toe Tappin' Tuesdays at Wheeling's Garden Park and Toe Tappin' Tuesdays Too at the Wheeling Park Amphitheater on alternating Tuesdays all summer long.

-- Peruse art of all shapes, sizes and types at the Wheeling Arts Festival, set for June 21 in downtown Wheeling.

-- Marvel at the size and mechanics of the large boats at the Wheeling Heritage Port Sternwheel Festival, set for Sept. 11-13.

-- Cool off by taking a dip in one of Wheeling's pools as part of Wheeling Recreation's Family Fun Nights, set for July 10 at Bridge Park Pool; July 31 at Garden Park Pool; and Aug. 7 at the 36th Street Pool.

-- Ride carnival rides, enjoy the food and see student exhibits at any local county fair, which take place in the summer and fall.

-- See America's game played by athletes from across the country during the annual Beast of the East tournament, which takes place throughout the area in early July.

-- Tune up your air guitar and check out Waterfront Wednesdays, which features music accompanied by Wheeling's unbeatable view.

-- Spend the day at Grand Vue Park in Moundsville, one of the valley's hidden gems.

-- Attend a wine tasting at one of Wheeling's wine sellers.

-- Spend an afternoon at the National Imperial Glass Museum or the Fostoria Glass Museum.

-- Dine on delicious food and experience authentic Greek entertainment at Wheeling's Grecian Fest in early August.

-- Celebrate the birthday of a state June 20 with West Virginia Day activities.

-- Watch grill masters bring their best recipes to be judged during the Ohio Valley Rib and Chicken Cookoff.

-- Celebrate the Ohio Valley's diversity during the Ohio Valley Multicultural Festival on June 29 at Heritage Port.

-- Enjoy an elegant, relaxing evening at Heritage Port during the Wheeling Wine and Jazz Festival, scheduled for Aug. 23.

-- Sample craft beers from across the state during the first West Virginia Craft Brew Fest in August.

-- Start your engines at the oval track at the Tyler County Speedway.

-- Bring an appetite and be prepared to get your hands messy at the Centre Market Wing Festival.

-- Become involved in one of the area's non profits or charities, and help raise money for a good cause.

 
 

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