Top 10 Things to do in Fairmont, United States

January 26, 2018 Kandra Bartel

Fairmont is a city in Marion County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 18,704 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Marion County.
Restaurants in Fairmont

1. Pricketts Fort State Park

I-79 at Exit 139 - follow the signs to the park, Fairmont, WV +1 304-363-3030
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 90 reviews

Pricketts Fort State Park

Reviewed By I9999BOwendyh - Cross Lanes, West Virginia

The staff is very knowledgeable about their history, just ask as many questions as you want. The blacksmith has practiced for years and is a wealth of knowledge. Truly enjoyed out stay Will be back for a nice day out.

One thing that would be nice would be to have a bench or two in the shade.

2. Barrackville Covered Bridge

Pike St, Barrackville, WV
Excellent
40%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

Barrackville Covered Bridge

Reviewed By HayleyJ2010 - Charlotte, North Carolina

In town visiting family and realized this cool little slice of history is close to their home. Went to visit. Was cool. The bridge is closed to traffic. Had fun walking through and exploring. Not a lot to see around these parts - this a cool little hidden gem. If you are in the area - worth the visit.

3. Short Story Brewing

5904 Fairmont Rd, Rivesville, WV 26588-8844 +1 304-376-3607
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

Short Story Brewing

Reviewed By LBWiles - Fairmont, West Virginia

The tap room opened 1 July (Sat) to the public. They are closed Sundays; Tap room is open M-W 3-6 for growler fills only; then open for full service 3-9 Th-F, and 12-9 Saturdays.
Currently they have 5 in-house taps with 3 more expected in the near future. Food will be by rotating food trucks in the parking lot for now. Popcorn and trail mix available otherwise.
Nicely decorated and lighted tap room with bar seating for about 10; another small seating bar for 6 (3 to a side); about 6-7 tables; and a couch. There is an upstairs area that may be offered for private events and/or additional seating in the future. Very friendly folks. Growlers for sale and refill. Reasonable prices. Off street parking. Free Wify. Good beers. Comfortable and inviting atmosphere. What are you waiting for??

4. Heston Farm

1602 Tulip Ln, Fairmont, WV 26554-9488 +1 304-366-9463
Excellent
56%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 120 reviews

Heston Farm

Our 220-acre farm, along the banks of the Tygart River, is filled with the ageless quality of farm life and will take you back to a simpler time. Enjoy wine and whiskey tastings, tours, farm-to-table food, live music, unique gifts, and special events. Our pavilions are open May through October for weddings, reunions, graduation, picnics, festivals and more. Our meeting and event rooms are open year-round. Call or email for more information.

Reviewed By Lynne B

West Virginia is noted for winding, narrow, steep roads, but you really have to be motivated to attempt the obscure route to this delightful winery, distillery, and restaurant. We found ourselves on this hair-raising road pulling our 22 foot travel trailer, debating whether we should attempt the last butt-puckeringly steep hill which disappeared around a sharp twist, when several helpful locals came out and encouraged us to go for it. We finally did, having no real choice of a place to turn around anyway, and were rewarded with some wonderful offerings of wine, moonshine, and food in a beautiful setting, and a delightful staff. If you get to this last hill, the locals are right, you can do it! Just go for it!! You won't be disappointed!

5. Marion County Historical Society

211 Adams St, Fairmont, WV 26554-2861 +1 304-367-5398
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 11 reviews

Marion County Historical Society

Reviewed By Liz Everett W

This is a great place to learn about the area and the wardens of the past. There is a jail on the back part of the house. It's a nice surprise. Don't forget to check out the courthouse next door too.

6. Palatine Park

Everest Drive, Fairmont, WV 26554
Excellent
80%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Palatine Park

Reviewed By mcgervey - West Virginia

Opened in June 2014, this automated and free splash park for children features clean restrooms, umbrellaed picnic tables and a lovely riverside escape to kill an hour or two relaxing while your children splash away the heat on a warm summer's day.

Located right along the river and at the base of the new Gateway Corridor into downtown Fairmont, essentially under the Mollohan/"Million Dollar" high level bridge, it's convenient to most Fairmont neighborhoods and to I-79 for those passing by and just looking for a rest stop.

As an added bonus it is adjacent to the newly rebuilt stage at Palatine Park and a new riverfront walkway area that also features picnic tables and BBQ grills, so you can make an afternoon or evening out of this stop as well.

The splash pad is fully automated, with children placing their hands on a post that turns on the water for 5 minute timed intervals. This creates an enjoyable "race" to the post when the water turns off. As a popular new spot, there are most always children present, so you can imagine the water doesn't stay off for long.

Maybe not worth a trip to Fairmont just for the splash pad itself, but it is free, and can be combined with a visit to the Wave Tec wave pool at the top of the hill in East Marion Park, the dog park, tennis, playgrounds or the like in East Marion Park, or visit the new, small Gateway Corridor park just off the new Corridor on the way down the hill from I-79.

If you're visiting, enjoy lunch or dinner at Pufferbellies, the famous Poky Dot, Fujiyama, Dairy Creme Corner, Muriales, Cantoni's Pizza (NYC style large one toppings for ~$10!), Copper House Grill, newly famous Heston's Farm (where the kids can maybe try their hand at pumping around a small oval track on a hand powered rail car), all locally owned good dining choices. Hopefully the Aquarium Lounge and City Grill will recover from recent fires and reopen soon as well. Yes, Fairmont offers a big assortment of your favorite corporate eateries as well, but why not support local establishments and keep the money closer?

7. Telephone Museum

214 Monroe St, Fairmont, WV 26554-2843 +1 304-363-2393
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Telephone Museum

Reviewed By David Z - NY

As I have said before, I collect old phones, & I think the younger generation walking around with smart phones in their pockets should see "where it all began"

When I go to a new state I look up Telephone Museum & it seems in many states I find them, & no matter how big or small, fancy or not I will go, & I enjoy them & hope others will go & enjoy them too, for older people it will bring back memories & for younger ones it will show them the History & educate them !

The Telephone Museum in West Virginia is similar to others around the country, it is run by volunteers who are all nice people, The gentleman I made contact with for this museum was most accommodating to meeting me there & showing me around.

I live in the tri-state area & near a big city, so to me driving into Fairmont was so nice, such a sweet little pretty town, sorry I could not spend more time in the town itself.

8. Sagebrush Roundup Music Park

Bunner's Ridge Rd, Fairmont, WV
Excellent
80%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 10 reviews

Sagebrush Roundup Music Park

Reviewed By nurseintheair - Corvallis, Oregon

Every weekend there is a live show at this self proclaimed "West Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame". When we attended, they had a fantastic bluegrass band and a pretty good secondary band. The point here is to preserve live, local country music and make it accessible for everybody. It is! The venue is a very large purpose built structure with a cute stage, almost like the Grand Old Opry, or perhaps the Carter Family Fold. There is ample room for dancing/clogging, and some folks did. There is home cooked food available, which tasted quite good . There is no booze.
The entry fee was reasonable: $ 10 per person. They only charged $ 6 that night, because one of the bands had canceled.
Most of the audience was locals, older people, some younger, some kids. Just like in the old days. There was a raffle, there was twangin', sangin' and a good time was had by all.
Careful on your way out to the venue. Windy country road, lots of deer, and we even saw a coon grubbin' at the side of the road.

Must do, if you are in the area on the weekend. It doesn't get any more real!

9. Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission

1000 Cole St Ste B, Fairmont, WV 26554-4394 +1 304-288-4299
Excellent
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Good
100%
Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission

Reviewed By Dawn R

If the weather had been better, we might have enjoyed it more. The noise from the road behind the campground was very loud. Bathhouse is a single bathroom with a shower. No cooling, so you sweat to get in and sweat when you get out. No sewer, no fire rings, no picnic tables. Fairly good shade.

10. East Marion Park

35 City View Ter, Fairmont, WV 26554-4368 +1 304-363-1249
Excellent
0%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
33%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 3 reviews

East Marion Park

Reviewed By Christina H - Lorton

Love this place! It's a large wave pool with a waterslide. You can bring your own innertube/inflatable or rent one there. During the summer, they may run out, this place is packed!

I used to go every weekend (weather permitting), but now that SplashZone is open in Clarksburg, I alternate between the two.

Usually open Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend.

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