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Your West Virginia Family Vacation Awaits!

Looking for an out of the ordinary vacation? Look no further than a West Virginia Family Vacation. With something for everybody, including free rafting for kids under nine, the whole family can have a blast playing outdoors, while taking on adventures and challenges that they never thought possible. At ACE Adventure Resort, we’ve been leading families on adventures for over 40 years. There’s nothing more wonderful for us than seeing families bond over new experiences, and hearing kids say, “I can’t believe I did that!” 

The Upper New River

Family paddling duckie

For families with kiddos as young as 5, check out the Upper New River Gorge. This full day river trip will take you and your family down the calm waters of the New River, with just the right amount of rapids sprinkled in! On this West Virginia Family Vacation, you can spend your day in a raft, or you can opt for a single or double duckie (inflatable kayak). You’ll get to each lunch, prepared by your guides, riverside, too. AND, because we know memories are made in the outdoors, kids under nine raft free with a paying adult!

The Lower New River

Older kids in your group? For a West Virginia Family Vacation to remember, try out the Lower New River Gorge. Available as a full or half-day trip, your family can explore this world-famous boulder-strewn portion of the New River. Here, you’ll find bigger rapids, a sandstone cliff-lined gorge, and The New River Gorge Bridge. On a full-day trip, you’ll be able to swim through swimmer’s rapid, jump off jump rock, and enjoy a riverside lunch. Half-day trips will explore the same section of the river, but without the stops. It’s a great option for those with a limited schedule, or who are hoping to fit in more activities in a single day. More on that…

Land-Based Activities

Looking for land-based activities to enjoy during your West Virginia family vacation? We have you covered, and then some. Check out the only zipline course with views of the New River Gorge, only at ACE. You’ll fly high above the trees and the gorge, on tandem ziplines (you can race your family!). It all leads to the grand finale, The Plunge. Or, climb on those famous sandstone cliffs in the New River Gorge on a full or half-day rock-climbing trip. With dozens more activities at ACE, you’re sure to find the perfect adventure for your family. 

Wonderland Waterpark

But wait, there’s more! Spend a day hanging out at Wonderland Waterpark, a stop for many on their West Virginia family vacation. This 5-acre spring-fed lake has been transformed into a waterpark paradise, with slides, a zipline, the blob, and dozens of other inflatable elements to keep your family busy. A white sandy beach, complete with beach chairs, is waiting for those who want to relax the day away while others play. Oh, and the lakeside dining is pretty incredible, too.


We get it, some families love a little competition. While you’re on your family vacation, why not experience a little (friendly) competition at ACE? Try out our mud obstacle course. This down and dirty mud run will have you climbing over and under obstacles, sliding into the unknown, and getting SUPER muddy. The team that makes it to the finish line first wins eternal bragging rights. Or, take on the challenge of paintball. Our course has been designed by some serious paintball aficionados and you’re sure to have a blast while competing against your fam. For those searching for a more physically challenging adventure, look no further than the Lower Gorge climbing trip. You’ll climb world-famous rock climbing routes while experiencing epic views of the New River Gorge. Oh, and you’ll get to sit back and rappel, too!

All of the above, please.

Want a little bit of everything? Check out our multi-sport pontoon trip. You’ll travel to Summersville Lake, the largest lake in West Virginia. Using the pontoon boat as your trip base, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the coves of the lake on a standup paddleboard. Your guides will set up ropes for your family so that you can climb off of your boat onto the cliffs that line the lake. Enjoy lunch on the boat, before heading back into the crystal clear water to swim some more.

Fall at ACE

If your family is planning a vacation in the fall, be sure to check out the Fall Gauley. For six weekends in September and October, the gates are opened into the Gauley River and we get some of the most incredible whitewater in the world! The Upper Gauley is recommended for experienced rafters only, but the Lower Gauley is great for first-timers or those who want a little more adventure after rafting the Lower New.

Winter at ACE=big savings, cozy hangings

Visiting during the winter? We may not be able to take you on all of the adventures that we can during the summer, but you can still experience an epic West Virginia Family Vacation. Select cabins during the offseason are buy one night, get two nights free, so you can save big while enjoying having the family together. Check out a gorge side zipline tour, or hike from your cabin to our private New River Gorge overlook.

No matter when you plan your West Virginia family vacation, you’ll find the best of the Mountain State at ACE Adventure Resort.

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