10 Things to Do in Vienna That You Shouldn't Miss

July 27, 2017 Carley Gatson

Vienna is a city in Wood County, West Virginia, along the Ohio River. It is next to Parkersburg. The population was 10,749 at the 2010 census. It is the third largest city by population in the Parkersburg–Vienna–Marietta metropolitan area.
Restaurants in Vienna

1. Holl's Swiss Chocolatier

2001 Grand Central Ave, Vienna, WV 26105-1251 +1 800-842-4512
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5 based on 37 reviews

Holl's Swiss Chocolatier

Bring home a taste of Switzerland. Holl's uncompromising commitment to sourcing the finest ingredients and the attention to detail that comes from a classically trained Master Chocolatier ensures you an extraordinary chocolate experience.

Reviewed By Nancy L - Morgantown, West Virginia

My husband and I love, love, love Holl's Chocolates. We live out of town so order from their website. My favorite is the caramel. My husband loves any truffle, especially the dark chocolate ones. My favorite truffle is passionfruit. The cherry cordials are the best you can get. I could go on and on. We order custom boxes so we can get our favorite flavors.

They are small-town enough to pay close attention to your order and call you if they think you may have made a mistake. There are two addresses that I usually have them ship to and they made it easy for me to select the correct one, depending on where we are.

You can't go wrong with Holl's Chocolates.

2. Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park

137 Juliana St, Parkersburg, WV 26101-5331 +1 304-420-4800
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4.5 based on 264 reviews

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park

Site of the alleged plot by Aaron Burr and Harman Blennerhassett to establish a southwest empire. Features the reconstructed Blennerhassett Mansion, guided tours,concession stand, gift shop, narrated wagon rides, hiking trails and picnic facilities. Frequent special events include Mansion by Candlelight each October. Open May-October. Hours vary throughout the season. Call ahead to confirm details.

Reviewed By LiketoeatCincinnati - Cincinnati

For $25 you get a paddle wheel boat ride to island, horse carriage ride, tour of mansion and also includes museum. Get tickets at museum in town, and walk the 2 blocks to the boat. Note to park in spaces allocated to museum only. The boat ride takes about 20 - 25 minutes and runs on the top of the hour. You can then get the carriage ride on the half hour, then do mansion tour at quarter past the hour. Finally, you can then take the boat back. The whole thing takes 3 hours, not including museum tour. Give yourself a half day and start early. At latest, take the 3:00 pm boat over to the island. The entire experience is excellent.

3. G. W. Henderson Plantation - Henderson Hall

517 Old River Rd, Williamstown, WV 26187-8207 +1 304-375-2129
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

G. W. Henderson Plantation - Henderson Hall

Built in 1859 as the centerpiece of the 2,600-acre Henderson plantation, this impressive 17-room pre-Civil War mansion with all of its original furnishings, has survived as a legacy of the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

Reviewed By Teresa B - Columbus, Ohio

My husband and I spent hours here, though it was going to be a quick stop. It is brimming with artifacts from several generations of family members, who saved everything. Some 18th century furniture, and original documents, books, etc. Some things one would expect to find at the Smithsonian. Two wonderful docent ladies spent lots of time with us, though it was a very hot day, and not all the museum is air conditioned. We learned so much from their explanations. They could answer any question.

4. Campus Martius Museum

601 2nd St, Marietta, OH 45750-2122 +1 740-373-3750
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4.5 based on 108 reviews

Campus Martius Museum

Reviewed By happyegghead - Chicago, Illinois

This museum has great exhibits on local history dating from prehistoric times to 19th century and beyond. The colonial history is well presented as is the early settlement of the town. I found the Appalachian Migration exhibition downstairs of particular interest and very informative. It was well presented and highlighted the descendants of the Scots Irish who populated the Appalachian regions and their move from rural to urban environments- if you read "Hillbilly Elegy", this will fill in the gaps of history of which you may not have been aware. They have an excellent exhibit of how Americans innovated European technology to adapt to the New World, and some very interesting Civil War materials. I only wish I had more time to spend there!

5. McDonough Wildlife Refuge

Rosemar Road, Vienna, WV 26105
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McDonough Wildlife Refuge

Hiking trails, duck marshes, comfort stations, overlook, identified trees and picnic facilities.

Reviewed By wirttravelers - West Virginia

This park has a picnic pavilion, a 1/3 mile paved loop trail, and bathrooms. Beyond that, it is just a place to get into the woods and walk. There's a nice pond there that usually has some ducks, frogs and turtles hanging about. Nice spot to get some fresh air on a pretty day.

6. Fort Boreman Park

Parkersburg, WV 26101 +1 304-424-1976
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4.5 based on 75 reviews

Fort Boreman Park

Located two miles from downtown Parkersburg, the park features a partially reconstructed Union Civil War fortification,trenches, interpretive signage, picnic shelters, nature trail and spectacular views of Parkersburg and the Ohio and Little Kanawha Rivers.

Reviewed By Karen W - Madison

There are hiking trails and picnic pavilion, close to the viewing deck. There is a nice rustic playground for children. We enjoyed the view and the interpretive signs. The restrooms needed scrubbed with disinfectant. Please note that there is no GPS address, just vague directions to take the Marrtown Rd exit off Rt. 50. That would be Rt. 50 West, just a very short drive out of Parkersburg WV.

7. Mound Cemetery

5th and Scammel Streets, Marietta, OH 45750
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5 based on 70 reviews

Mound Cemetery

Reviewed By Ekehl - Manassas, Virginia

I like historical cemeteries and I'm so glad we took to the time to visit the Mound Cemetery. There are brochures by the gate. We walked around the cemetery and to the top of the mound. It was very peaceful and thoughtful.

8. Grand Central Mall

100 Grand Central Ave, Vienna, WV 26105-4108 +1 304-485-4464
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Grand Central Mall

Celebrating more than 40 years as the area’s premier shopping destination. Shop and dine at over 100 stores, restaurants and specialty shops, including Books-A-Million, The Children’s Place, and Buckle. Visit our website, or follow us on Facebook for a full store directory, list of upcoming events, and special savings.

Reviewed By rsb902 - Vienna, West Virginia

Grand Central Mall is a typical mall with a large variety of stores, from Sears, to JC Penney, to Elder Beerman anchoring the large outlets. There are pizza stores, shoe stores, and jewelry stores, and numerous kiosks that offer a large variety of merchandise from cell phones to personalized engraved items to model helicopters. The décor and offerings change with the seasons and both Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny attract the youngsters. There is a train that offers rides around the entire central area for a small fee. And of course, there is a popular food court, modern multi-offering cinema, and game house to tempt every taste and culture.

9. Blennerhassett Museum

Second and Juliana Streets, Parkersburg, WV 26101-5137 +1 304-420-4800
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4 based on 84 reviews

Blennerhassett Museum

Museum that houses three floors of interesting archeological and historical exhibits.

Reviewed By Wizard1554 - Sacramento

My wife and I recently toured the Blennerhassett Museum in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Coupled with Blennerhassett Island the overall history and displays are above average. For those who don't know, the Blennerhassetts were involved with the Arron Burr attempt to create his own country. For those who are interested in the Jefferson period of history, this is a can't miss opportunity. The staff is very friendly and the experience won't be soon forgotten. Taking the paddle wheel boat over the Blennerhassett Island is also fun.

10. Jackson Park

1301 34th St, Vienna, WV 26105-2405 +1 304-295-6928
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Children's playground, public swimming pool,tennis, softball and basketball, picnic facilities. To reserve picnic shelters call 304.295.6928.

Reviewed By rsb902 - Vienna, West Virginia

The Jackson Park development in Vienna, WV, near Jackson Middle School, is named for the man who donated the land to the city, Willard Jackson.

This small park contains a variety of attractions. There is a Vienna Community Building available for reunions and other functions. You must contact the City of Vienna on 29th Street to reserve the building, complete with banquet tables, chairs, kitchen and ample parking. There is a moderately sized playground with outdoor covered shelters that may be reserved for group activities, also through the city.

A number of basketball courts are available, first-come, first-served, with lights at night, as well as a nearby modern tennis court layout, also with lights. The Jackson Pool is open from Memorial Day weekend through the beginning of school in the fall, which has a small fee and provides a safe and clean swimming area. There are walking trails in the wooded area behind Jackson MS, complete with flora and fauna of the area.

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