Memorial Day Weekend Celebration at Oglebay

The 2012 Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of summer activities at Oglebay and John Hargleroad, Director of Operations, says that all the Oglebay facilities will be open beginning Friday, May 25 with some special activities planned for the Memorial Day weekend. 


Schenk Lake at Oglebay

Schenk Lake at Oglebay will be the center of the Memorial Day weekend activities including pedal boats, inflatable rides, clown, face painting and more.

“The always-popular inflatable rides will be at the Schenk Lake area on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Doozy the Clown will also be at the lake area all three days from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.,” said Hargleroad. 


Oglebay will begin offering daily activity wristbands on Friday, May 25.  The wristbands are available at the Good Zoo and Visitors Center through Labor Day and provide all day use at the Par III Golf, Good Zoo and Train Ride, Miniature Golf, Pedal Boats, Fishing, Outdoor Pool, Tennis, Glass Museum, Trolley, and the Mansion Museum. “The wristbands will also provide one admission to the inflatable rides this weekend,” reminded Hargleroad. The wristbands are $16.00 each plus applicable fees and taxes.


The Memorial Day Weekend is also a great time to catch up with old friends at the Good Zoo and check out what’s new including a spectacled bear and African wild dog.  Saturday, May 26 is “Capture the Wild Photo Day” at the zoo. “This summer the zoo invites area youth, adult, amateur and professional photographers to enter the zoo’s photography contest,” said Penny Miller, Director of the Good Zoo.  “We’ll be awarding some great prizes!” Contest rules and entry forms are available on the zoo’s website

African Wild Dog at Oglebay Good Zoo

Memorial Day weekend is a great time to see what’s new at the Good Zoo at Oglebay including a new African Wild Dog.


Miller also added that the zoo’s Animal Encounters programs are getting more and more popular.  “This program allows guests to get into animal exhibits with the keepers to help feed and train some of the zoo’s animals including the lemurs, red pandas and kangaroos,” said Miller. Animal Encounters must be scheduled in advance by calling 304-243-4030.


The Good Zoo is open daily at 10 am. Admission is $8.00 for adults, $5.50 for ages 3-12, and ages 2 & under and members are free.


The popular Segway Tours have also returned for another season.  “Join our friendly guides for an exciting tour on a high tech personal transporter,” said Hargleroad.  “It’s a great way to experience the picturesque natural beauty of Oglebay.” The tours begin at Schenk Lake at 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Reservations for Segway Tours can be made by calling 304-243-4090 or visit our website for details.


The Hot Pursuit Band will present a free concert featuring a variety of pop, rhythm and blues at the Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater on Sunday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  “This performance is the beginning of the Summer Sunday Entertainment Series featuring a different band every Sunday through Labor Day at the amphitheater,” added Hargleroad. Click here to view the entire summer’s schedule. 


“For those who want to celebrate the weekend with an all-American picnic, many beautiful picnic sites are available at Oglebay and can be reserved by calling 304-243-4010,” added Hargleroad.


A Seafood Buffet is available at the Ihlenfeld Dining Room at Wilson Lodge on Friday and the Prime Rib Buffet is offered on Saturday.  For dining reservations call 304-243-4080 or visit our dining website for the menus.


For more information on all activities at Oglebay visit our website.