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Greater Charleston - Attractions


Adena Mound

Life in 500 BC - Visit one of the last remaining Adena burial-mounds. Learn about those who lived here in 500 BC and built a complex of 50+ burial mounds and the 1883 Smithsonian Institute excavation which recovered 13 complete skeletons and artifacts.


ArtWalk Downtown Downtown galleries and shops showcase diverse local and nationally renowned artists.


Blenko Glass

Monday through Friday, 8 AM - 4 PM Saturday, 9 AM - 4 PM Sunday, 12 PM - 4 PM Craftsmen: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 AM - 12 PM; 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM Times and days subject to change. Call to confirm. Watch skilled craftsmen at world-famous Blenko Glass transform molten glass into its final form using a 1,000-year old tradition of hand blowing. London-born William J. Blenko imported the European mouth blown process to Milton in 1921. The famous Rose Window at the National Cathedral in Washington DC., and the windows at Milton baptist Church, are Blenko glass. The Blenko Visitor Center features an observation deck, beautiful museum exhibits of stained glass, and a large, well-priced gift shop.


Buffalo Heritage Days

May 12 - 13, 2012 Re-enactors portray the living history of the town in 1861 with a recruiting camp, drills, flag rising ceremony, craft demonstrations, and church services.


C&O Train Depot

Fully restored wood-frame depot (ca. 1906) filled with railroad photos, artifacts, and museum pieces. The numerous tall windows, high ceilings and extended overhangs on the roof make this one of the more architecturally detailed depots in West Virginia. Listed on the National Register Historic Places in 1998.


Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

Offers 240,000 square feet of fine art and learning under one roof. Includes two floors of kid-friendly interactive science exhibits at the Avampato Discovery Museum; exhilarating large format films and informative planetarium shows at the ElectricSky Theater; a fine art museum; and performance space for the West Virginia Symphony.



June 15 - 24, 2012 All-encompassing concerts, theatrical and street performances. dances, ferry and troley rides, and fine arts, film, artisand, and entertainment veneus. Taste of Charleston, Blues, Brews & BBQ, Friday; Wine & All That Jazz, Saturday, University of Charleston riverside. Chili-Cook-off, Saturday.


LaBelle Theater and South Charleston Visitors Center and Museum

CVB & Events 304-746-5552 Museum 304-744-9711 Newly renovated theater has full calendar of film and music events, and houses the South Charleston Visitors Center.


Live on the Levee

Beautiful canopy adds to Charleston's skyline and the comfort of those enjoying free concerts, every Friday night, all summer long.


Madie Carroll House (ca. 1810) Historic Guyandotte. Built by river tradesman and Marshall Academy trustee James Gallaher. On the National Register of Historic Places. First Catholic Church in Cabell County. Saved from burning during Civil War raid on Guyandotte. Tours of the house or pre- and post-Civil war historic Guyandotte by appointment.


Mardi Gras Casino and Resort

It's a 24/7 party! Greyhound racing, slots, table games, with fine and casual dining.


Mountain Stage Sundays 7 PM Features nationally recognized recording artists. Taped before a live audience, then broadcast worldwide on Public Radio stations.


Nitro World War I and Boomtown Museum

Friday 9 AM - 2 PM; Saturday 9 AM - Noon. Extensive collection of memorabilia from WWI and early days of Nitro. Clark Gable worked in Nitro in 1918.


Scarlet Oaks Golf

A challenging 18 hole, par 72, championship-caliber course.


Scary Creek Paint Ball

Open year round. Urban, woods, and speedball fields. Rec ball, scenario, and speedball.


Shawnee Park

Open dawn until dusk year-round. Nine-hole public golf course. Boat ramp access to Kanawha River. Swimming pool. Adena Mound.


South Charleston Mound and Midland Trail Interpretive Center

Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 5 PM; Saturday 11 AM - 4 PM Arrowheads and exhibits pertaining to life from the area's pre-Adena civilization are on display, plus exhibits on Midland Trail/US Route 60 attractions and special exhibits from South Charleston Museum.


Symphony Sunday

First Sunday in June. Family fun, food, a free concert by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and a fireworks finale.


West Virginia Power

Minor league baseball team, plays at Appalachian Power Park. Fun Zone inflatables for kids. Picnic areas and casual dining available at games. The Power Alley Grill, open daily, has patio tables with a view of the game.


WV International Film Festival

WVSU Capitol Center Theater Spring and Fall Critically acclaimed foreign and independent films, plus works by local filmmakers.