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Tourism & Culture

 

Tourist Information


 

Places to See

    • Blenko Glass – See the various steps in making hand crafted glassware and view examples of the craftsman’s art. Blenko has been making masterpieces in glass since 1921.
    • Charleston Parks and Recreation Department – Community centers with a variety of events, pools and golf courses.
    • Capitol Market – An indoor market opens all year with stores and restaurants. A seasonal Outdoor market featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables and a wide variety of seasonal plants and flowers.
    • Charleston Town Center – A two-level downtown mall with over 130 stores and restaurants and also and an attached parking garage.
    • Charleston Civic Center – Venue for music, sporting events and a variety of other activities.
    • Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences – Music and theatrical events at the performance hall; interactive science exhibits; art gallery; planetarium and wide screen theater with daily showings.
    • Metro Valley Museums – Listing of museums located in Kanawha County and surrounding area with links to their web sites.
    • Kanawha State Forest – A quiet refuge minutes from Charleston. Hiking trails, picnic areas, campgrounds and plenty of places to put down a lawn chair and relax.
    • National Register of Historic Places – Kanawha County Sites – Listing of more than eighty buildings, neighborhoods and historic districts in Kanawha County that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
    • South Charleston Criel Mound – The second largest Adena Indian mound in West Virginia is located in South Charleston on McCorkle Avenue three blocks north of the La Belle Theater. Climb the steps to get a better perspective of its size.
    • St. Albans – Information about community activities and historical attractions that include a restored train depot, the Main Street Historical District/State Capitol Building and Grounds Capitol Building, Cultural Center, Governors Mansion. Variety of statues and memorials on grounds. Great for photographs as it overlooks the Kanawha River. Tours of capitol building available-check lobby.
    • Taylor Books – Independent bookstore, art gallery, coffee shop. Local authors reading and book signings.
    • West Virginia Power Baseball – Single A farm team that plays in the full-season South Atlantic League. Games played in the new Appalachian Power Park in downtown Charleston.

 

Festivals

FestivALL – Annual arts event featuring jazz and bluegrass music; dance and theater performances and a street fair. Held in early summer.

Vandalia Gathering – Traditional Appalachian musicians gather for a weekend of concerts and jam sessions on their fiddles, mandolins, guitars and banjos. West Virginia food and crafts featured. Held at Capitol Complex around Memorial Day.

Check the various calendars for a variety of other festivals and events.