Known as “the friendly city,” Wheeling is a small market metro with a rich and unique heritage. Whether it’s dining, shopping or exploring–Wheeling offers a treasure of some of the best one-of-a-kind experiences anywhere.
Wheeling National Heritage Area
A spectacular setting along the Ohio River, provides experiences in breathtaking architecture at Victorian Old Town, scenic riverfront development, historic city markets, renovated industrial buildings featuring retail shops, restaurants and interpretive exhibits, and West Virginia Independence Hall, the birthplace of the state of West Virginia during the Civil War.
With a baking process, taste and presentation found only here, people can’t seem to get enough of DiCarlo’s. Maybe it’s the crust, or the sauce, or that cheese–but it keeps people from all over coming back for more. Even John Kerry during his presidential run, called the city "the home of DiCarlo’s Pizza."
The Capitol Theatre
The reputation of Wheeling’s Capitol Music Hall is legendary. This landmark attraction’s colorful history is just as unique as the many celebrities who appeared here during its impressive 80-year run.
The Wheeling Suspension Bridge
Once the longest in the world, this was the first bridge to span the Ohio River. Opened in 1849, it is a National Historic Landmark and remains the oldest vehicular suspension bridge in the USA.
West Virginia Independence Hall
This national historic landmark is the birthplace of West Virginia. It provided for heated political discussions and constitutional conventions that led to eventual statehood for West Virginia in 1863 after serving as the Restored Government of Virginia (Union aligned).
Wheeling Artisan Center
The Center is a renovated industrial building with a three-story atrium in the heart of downtown–a tribute to the city’s rich cultural heritage. It includes a unique Retail Emporium where visitors can shop for West Virginia and regional handcrafted products, plus walk-thru historic exhibits, a Loft Gallery with art exhibits and River City Restaurant.
Victoria Vaudeville Theater
Rated America’s #1 weekly variety show. Enjoy the best in 40s and 50s music. Classic country, bluegrass, gospel, comedy and a memories of Elvis finale in every show. Presented in the charming and remarkable Victoria Theater.
The historic Centre Market neighborhood can make for an enjoyable day trip. Unique eateries include the famous Coleman’s Fish Market, antique shops, Towngate Theatre, a rare used book store, a day spa, and an art co-op are all within a two-block walking area surrounding two historic market houses.
Serving great food in the Centre Market atmosphere, Coleman’s Fish is one of the area’s most recognizable and best-loved businesses. Each day, you will find long lines of eager customers anxiously awaiting a fresh fish sandwich prepared hot and with a smile. Thousands of customers arrive weekly to try everything from fish to crab legs and fresh items to cook at home.
Offering the highest quality meats, vegetables and fruit in the Valley, Jebbias features the open atmosphere "vegetable stand" feel. It’s the experience of a big city market house transported to Wheeling. They still weigh and mark your vegetables and have several people cutting fresh meat behind the counter. They are quick and efficient and you had better be there when they call your number!
Rails to Trails
During Wheeling’s industrial heyday, many railroads operated throughout the area–the Baltimore & Ohio, Wheeling & Lake Erie, Ohio River & Western, and Pennsylvania Railroad lines–just to name a few. As the local economy evolves, The city has converted many former rail beds into an extraordinary trail experience. With over 18 miles of paved walking and bike trails, Wheeling is an ultimate destination for trail enthusiasts. For information, visit the Web site at www.WheelingHeritageTrail.com.
The Wheeling Heritage Port Amphitheater is a unique venue in Downtown Wheeling. It boasts nearly 70 events between May and October and hosts thousands of visitors each year. With the Ohio River providing a stunning backdrop, WesBanco Arena at the south end, the Wheeling Heritage Trail passing through the upper amphitheater, and the McLure Hotel just 2 blocks away, the Heritage Port is the perfect spot for a summertime event. Guests enjoy concerts, movies, regattas, boat and car shows, and festivals in this incredible venue. For a full calendar of events, please visit www.WheelingWV.gov or www.WheelingEvents.org.