WHEELING - Whether it's visiting the Good Zoo, pedal boating on Schenk Lake or taking in a free Sunday evening concert at the outdoor amphitheater, when it comes to things to do in the Ohio Valley, Oglebay Park is one location that has plenty to offer area residents.
"There is so much for the local people to come up and do," said Caren Knoyer, Oglebay's director of marketing. "We're proud to share Oglebay with people outside the area because most people are not going to find a city park - Cleveland, Columbus, Pittsburgh, none of them have a city park like Oglebay," she added.
Knoyer said while the park continues to offer numerous activities for local residents, it's the influx of tourists that allows the park to remain self sustaining. She said Wilson Lodge is the park's largest revenue source.
Visitors to the Oglebay Good Zoo enjoy the popular train ride.
Knoyer said while there are plenty of activities being offered all over the park, such as golfing, tennis, swimming and fishing, the Good Zoo is a very popular destination and a great place for families to visit who are looking for a local day trip.
Visitors to the zoo can expect to see a large variety of things including endangered and rare species of animals; a walk-thru kangaroo and lorikeet aviary; West Virginia's largest o-gauge model train display; a discovery lab with monkeys, birds and reptiles; and a train ride and an all new Dinos exhibit - just to mention a few. A large number of zoo camps are also offered for children of different ages.
The Dinos exhibit features life-sized robotic dinosaurs that move and roar. Knoyer said a nationally known dinosaur expert known as Dr. Dino is scheduled to make appearances at the zoo July 12-13 to coincide with the zoo's new exhibit. She said he is going to bring in dinosaur bones the kids can touch and study.
The Good Zoo is once again holding their popular nature photography contest for different age groups this summer. Knoyer said different prizes are awarded and entries should be submitted to the zoo office. The deadline is Aug. 1. People interested in the contest can get more information from the zoo's website oglebay-resort.com/ goodzoo.
Knoyer said visitors to the zoo may want to consider buying a daily wristband, which is good for a variety of activities around the park including admission to the Good Zoo. She said the wristbands, which offer a better value for those looking to do more than one activity, can be purchased at the zoo office or the park's main office.