Families and children at Tugboat playground

Before the weather turns and autumn sets in, enjoy the last days of summer—and its weather—with the kids.

Let’s par-tee at Morgantown Miniature Golf. Spend some time in friendly competition playing mini-golf with the family. As a special bonus, a hole in one on the 18th of each month wins a free game of golf.

At the Tugboat Depot playground in Star City, you can relax and enjoy your surroundings while the kids have fun on the playground. The Edith B. Barill Riverfront Park is situated alongside the river, so you will be able to unwind near nature close to home. And with Terra Cafe right next door, you can enjoy a great smoothie or a fresh pastry while you watch the kids let off some steam.

Spend time hiking at Coopers Rock State Forest with the whole family. You’ll get some breathtaking views that are great during any season. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the Raven Rock Trail to the better overlook at the forest, or just spread out at a picnic table near the parking area and relax while the kids check out the playground equipment.

Hovatter’s Zoo is one of West Virginia’s largest collections of exotic and native animals, and it’s just a half-hour’s drive, near Kingwood. Your family will have a zoo-per time exploring the grounds and feeding the animals. Snap some photos of the kids with the animals—you’ll want to remember the fun time you had.

This friendly ring-tailed lemur says hello.

Or if you’re in a nautical mood, seas the day and take a cruise on the Tygart Lake on the Princess Cruise Boat. But Sunday, September 15 is the end-of-season cruise and your last chance to ride the Princess until next year. Be sure to snag your tickets and enjoy a last-minute summer retreat.

Regardless of which activity you choose for your family, have fun celebrating the final days of summer with your loved ones.

Photographed by Nikki Bowman.

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Savannah Carr
Written by Savannah Carr
Savannah Carr a Mabie, West Virginia, native, came to Morgantown for college but is staying for the culture and connections she has built. She is pursuing a degree in English with an emphasis in professional writing and editing at West Virginia University. She will graduate in December 2019. Meanwhile, she’ll continue her internship at New South Media and also join us as web and social media manager. When she’s not busy writing or sharing West Virginia’s best stories she can be found kayaking or camping with her aussiedoodle Dixie.