Hot Spot Oglebay-min

If you love light displays, ice skating, and Christmas festivities, then you are going to love our pick for this month’s Hot Spot location. It is because of this town’s love and celebration of the holidays that we have chosen to spotlight Oglebay Resort in West Virginia!

Whether it be enjoying the thrill of the historical Wheeling Park, the variety of over fifty species of animals at the Oglebay Good Zoo, or three hundred acres and six miles of driving through a spectacular light show, Oglebay Resort has so much to offer and is a must-visit location this holiday season. 

Read below to learn more about our December hot spot location!

Oglebay Good Zoo

Home to 50 species of animals, 20 of which are rare or endangered, the Good Zoo is the only institution in the state of West Virginia accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Oglebay Good Zoo offers the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the animal kingdom’s most fascinating species. You’ll work alongside zookeepers to feed and train them. Did you know that animal encounters are beneficial to an animal’s health and welfare? Encounters aren’t just enjoyable for humans, they’re a form of animal enrichment which is a vital part of animal welfare, as it stimulates an animal’s senses and curiosity.

Wheeling Park

Visit the historical Wheeling Park for seasonal fun for the entire family, featuring our Olympic-sized swimming pool, indoor & outdoor tennis courts, Bloch Memorial Golf Course, Good Lake pedal boats & mini golf, and the J.B. Chambers Memorial Ice Skating Rink! Take advantage of our seasonal all-day access pass Activity Bands to enjoy a handful of your favorite activities.

Festival of Lights

Beginning in 1985, the Festival of Lights has grown into one of the nation’s largest holiday light shows, attracting more than one million visitors each year. Identified as one of the top light displays in the United States by countless travel companies and national publications, the Festival of Lights features three hundred acres of twinkling lights over a six-mile drive. The dazzling display includes 90 lighted attractions boasting more than one million energy-efficient LED lights.

Ihlenfeld Dining Room

The Ihlenfeld Dining Room in Wilson Lodge overlooks Schenk Lake and offers a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. Specializing in artistic cuisine, fine wines, and delectable desserts, Ihlenfeld Dining Room offers a superior dining experience ideal for any occasion. This family-friendly venue is a popular stop, offering bountiful breakfast buffets.

Oglebay Resort

Oglebay Resport is a beautifully landscaped, 2000-acre public park and wedding venue featuring dining, cabins, lodging and the Good Zoo and West Spa in Wheeling.