Amusement parks in West Virginia offer an opportunity for families to experience thrilling rides and adventures amid the scenic Appalachian Mountains. With the mild climate in this area, visitors can enjoy most parks six months out of the year. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about West Virginia amusement parks.
Family-owned and operated, Camden Park has been around for 100 years. It offers fun for the entire family with a variety of thrilling rides, games, fireworks and concerts. You will find over 30 rides, including their newest adventure experience, the Rockin' Tug.
Log RideIf you like to get wet (who doesn't in the hot summer heat?), you will enjoy the log flume. Designed for older kids and adults, this exciting ride takes you through twists, turns and drops that promise to cool you off.
Constellation CoastersCamden Park also offers the Big Dipper roller coaster for thrill seekers and a smaller version, the Lil' Dipper, for those who like a little less thrill. There is also a haunted house, bumper cars, a train ride, flying rides and a kiddie land for those 48 inches and under.
Traditional FareCamden Park sells all of the traditional amusement park foods you'd expect, including corn dogs, cotton candy and pizza. There is also an indoor dining restaurant, the West Virginia Grille, that offers an air-conditioned, sit-down atmosphere.
Safety RecordIn May 2010, a ride at Camden Park raised into the air with its door open, according to the Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, W.Va. No one was hurt, and the incident prompted an investigation.
Address: 5000 Waverly Road, Huntington, WV 25702
Hours: The park is open May through Oct. from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. most weekdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends in Oct.
Price: Adults, $21.99; Senior and children under 48 inches tall, $15.99. Evening-only rates are available for $8.99 to $11.99, and season passes can be purchased for $99.99.
Valley Worlds of Fun
Valley Worlds of Fun offers entertainment for the entire family with bowling alleys, laser tag, an arcade and rides. It is also a smoke- and tobacco-free park.
Signature RideThe newest ride is the Valley Free Fall. This is an exciting free-fall ride where riders can be suspended in a cart from a tall tower.
Other AttractionsPopular rides include tea cups, bumper cars, bumper boats, twister, whirly bird and a bouncy bounce.
Snack TimeValley Worlds of Fun offers traditional amusement park fare. Its cafe serves a wide selection of subs, sandwiches, hamburgers, pizza and salads. They also offer a more extensive menu for groups of 50 or more people.
Safety RecordOur research reveals no notable news reports of safety issues or accidents at Valley Worlds of Fun.
Address: 2017 Pleasant Valley Road, Fairmont, WV 26554
Hours: Open April through Oct. from noon to 9 p.m Wednesdays through Sundays. It is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Price: All-day passes: adults, $20; children 5 and younger, $12; Adults accompanying children, $12; seniors, $11. Evening and three-hour passes: adults, $17; children 5 and younger. $11; adult accompanying a child, $11; seniors, $10.
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