Boasting a variety of spas, scenery, and historical sites, the small town is a charming destination for the entire family. History buffs will enjoy seeing the town through the eyes of one of its most dedicated tourists, George Washington. Having frequented the town beginning in his younger years as a surveyor and later as a tourist, markers throughout the town denote important landmarks pertaining to the first President, including land that he owned and his famous bathtub.
The warm spring waters that first enticed Washington, which remain a balmy temperature in the low 70s year round, are a large draw for tourists today. Easily accessed by Berkeley Springs State Park in the heart of town, the historic Old Roman Bath House and the Main Bath House utilize the spring waters for soothing and rejuvenating spa experiences.
The arts scene of Berkeley Springs enriches the town’s charm, with a diverse array of galleries, events, and performances. Local art can be admired at the Ice House, operated by the Morgan Arts Council, which includes art galleries, theatre performances, and concerts. The town is peppered with smaller galleries that display art ranging from quilts to sculpture and glass. Film fans will enjoy the Star Theatre, which shows select films in a vintage and picturesque setting that dates back to the 1920s.
Cacapon State Park
There are abundant opportunities for hiking or biking, as well as quaint lodging options, at Cacapon State Park, which offers stunning views of the surrounding mountain areas. Each fall, the area hosts a Birding Festival, where bird watchers can enjoy the diverse migrating birds overhead as well as informational workshops by experts.
There’s a golf course, horseback riding, numerous walking/hiking trails, fishing, and swimming at the beach entry lake.
Surrounding Berkeley Springs and Coolfont are a number of family-friendly attractions that are unique to the panhandle of West Virginia. Just east of Berkeley Springs sits Martinsburg, home to the Dillon Farm Museum, which displays historical farm equipment and one of a kind artifacts from the past.
Falling Water, a Frank Lloyd Wright house, offers tours and historical information about the architect and the building. It’s located about 2 hours east in southern Pennsylvania.
The C & O Canal, famous for its role in the Civil War, is a must-see destination for the history buffs in your family. It’s located just north of Berkeley Springs in Hancock, Maryland – about 12 miles away.
Just an hour’s drive away sits Harpers Ferry, a historically-rich town and National Park that bursts with frequent reenactments and workshops, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating, and viewing the beautiful natural scenery.
Berkley Springs and the surrounding region offers countless unique experiences that are sure to entertain the entire family. History, scenery, adventure—the panhandle of West Virginia boasts destinations that the kids will enjoy, and the parents will never forget.