See & Do

Whether you are a history buff, an outdoor enthusiast or just love shopping for antiques, Parkersburg is a perfect place to get away. Its convenient riverfront location offers great access to boating and water sports on the Ohio River as well as nearby lakes. Hiking, biking, kayaking, rock climbing, ziplining, and geocaching are also nearby. As one of West Virginia’s most historic cities, Parkersburg and the surrounding area features a colorful and fascinating heritage that has been magnificently preserved and presented by our museums and historic sites. In addition, the city is home to an authentic sternwheeler that offers regular tours down the majestic Ohio River to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park and the beautifully recreated and authentically-furnished Blennerhassett Mansion. And the city also is home to one of West Virginia’s largest historical residential districts. The city is filled year round with festivals and events like the nationally-recognized Parkersburg Half Marathon, The TOP (a heralded premier wine and food tasting event), antique car shows, festivals and music and theatrical showcases at venues like downtown’s Point Park and the historic Smoot Theatre. There’s so much to see and do, choosing to visit Parkersburg is easy. Having enough time to do everything you want to do will be the hard part! Here are a few of the highlights that Parkersburg offers:

Parks and Recreation

Over 130+ acres of parkland and passive recreation areas. Including Point Park on the Ohio River, Blennerhassett Island and the Johnson T. Janes Park – the largest nature preserve in a city in West Virginia.

Shopping and Dining

As the major commercial center for the region, Parkersburg is home to major retailers, local eateries, ethnic cuisines and boutique shops.

Annual Festivals:

  • TOP Wine and Food Festival
  • Multicultural Festival
  • Parkersburg Homecoming
  • Harvest Moon Festival

  • Point Park Music Series
  • River City Symphony
  • West Virginia Symphony – Parkersburg
  • Schrader Ballet Company

Art and Theatre:

  • Parkersburg Art Center
  • Historic Smoot Theater
  • Parkersburg Actors Guild

For more information on all the areas attractions, visit the Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau and Downtown PKB.