Oglebay Park

Oglebay Park, Wheeling: Hours, Address, Oglebay Park Reviews: 4/5

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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Johnstown, PA618 contributions
My husband and I came here for the Backyard BBQ festival and concert (the Clarks & Gin Blossoms). We arrived early in the day and played the Par 3 golf course (I do not recommend- the course is in poor condition, its extremely hilly, and the scorecard shows 18 holes but there were only 9). We drove over to where the festival was and decided to come back later to have dinner right before the concert and then go to the concert. When we arrived later on, the parking attendants directed us to a lot near the festival but when we got there it was full so we had to park near the Wilson Lodge and walk to the festival (they said there was a bus that could take us there but it wasn't around at the time). When we finally got there, the lines for the BBQ trucks were each 20+ people deep and everywhere was running out of food. We managed to get some $5 mac and cheese for dinner because everything was sold out. That was extremely poor planning on Oglebay's part. Did they not realize people were going to come and eat right before the concert? We waited to get in to the "outside concert venue" with a bunch of drunk and hungry people, then waited in a line to get an extremely overpriced pretzel, popcorn, and beer. The port-a-john line was 20+ people deep and you can only imagine what they were like inside after all of the drunk people used them. Luckily, the concert was really good and we sat up close in our lawn chairs. Walking back to the car in the dark on the narrow roads of the resort was a ton of fun trying to dodge all of the traffic. While the concert was great, I would not come to this venue for one again!
Written June 2, 2022
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for our wedding anniversary. We had an amazing time. Everything was beautiful. The holiday displays in the lodge made it feel like we were in a Hallmark Movie. We loved exploring the grounds and the live music in the evenings in the lodge. November is the perfect time to see the trees changing colors.. The first night we ate at Glassworks Grill it was great. The second night we were excited to try Ihlenfeld, what a disappointment! the restaurants are connected so not sure how it was so terrible. We payed way too much money for cold steaks and cold hard baked potatoes. They were not crowded and it took forever for our food to come. When it did we were sadly disappointed we went there for our anniversary dinner. Do not waste your money! We also enjoyed sitting at the Glassworks Bar in the evenings. There was a diverse crowd. Overall. we had an amazing time and highly recommend you staying at Oglebay. We plan to go back with our young children this
Written November 14, 2021
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Granville, OH94 contributions
My wife and I have visited Oglebay twice before for the light show. This year we decided to do it over Thanksgiving to enjoy their Thanksgiving Buffet as part of our stay. Our room was small but comfortable. The carpet was showing it's wear but all else was fine. We ate the first night in the Glassworks Grill. The server was wonderful and the food, they only serve salads and sandwiches and so on in the grill, was very good. They Thanksgiving Buffet was outstanding, way too many choices but very expensive. We paid to view the light display using their trolley. Well worth the $12 pp since neither of had to drive and not be able to enjoy the lights and the driver talked about the history of the show and the lights as we drove along. After using the trolley this time I do not think I would ever drive the route again. There were a few glitches regarding opening time for the zoo and shops on Thanksgiving and the staff did not seem to have any idea about the change in times but everyone was very pleasant and helpful. The only real complaint was they had no live entertainment at night. The way it was written in the information led us to believe there would be, as there was in the past. The way it was written was just misleading. However that would not stop us from going again.
Written November 27, 2020
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Heather B
Gettysburg, PA4 contributions
Upon reviewing the resort it appeared that there would be plenty of activities to keep my 10 & 2 year old busy during the day, prior to the Festival of Lights in the evening. This was not the case. Upon arrival and check on you definitely get that warm Christmas feeling. They do an excellent job of decorating inside the resort I will give them that. However activities for families are severely lacking. They have a ton of options listed on the website, but things such as ornament, and wreath making are on nights different nights Monday-Thursday. The only activities on our fri& sat night stay didn’t start until later in the evening around 7pm. They have character meet & greets and then play a movie at 9pm. If you’ve got younger children you know that’s too late yo start a movie. We also had a hard time navigating where certain activities were. They had no signs posted pointing you in the right direction (where the elf zone is, Hickman lounge, the train ride, and the ice lounge are all places that were not labeled and had no signage on how to reach them)We attempted to go into the mansion on several different occasions but they were at capacity every time also. I wish they would make that a reservation system like most places are requiring now. The lights display was nice, however we have light displays equally as nice where we live, and we don’t need to stay overnight to go see them. The staff was also not super friendly or helpful either. Any time we asked a question, they acted like it was a huge inconvenience to help us. All in all I would not come back. I also will be telling my co-workers who had thought about bringing their families for a stay to save their $ also. Also, especially with covid... I don’t think the rooms were super clean either. The beds were comfy, pillows were awful though. The rooms could certainly use an updating as well.
Written November 22, 2020
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Miranda P
Pittsburgh, PA46 contributions
We decided to make a trip there to have something to do outside with my immuno compromised parents. The website made it sound like they were going above and beyond the CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety. However we got there to find that masks are only required in the museums and gift shops and not anywhere outside. Probably 75% of the guests we saw were walking around the zoo and lake without masks. It was easy to distance in most areas however we were hoping to rent a swan boat but the rental area was packed with people. No masks and absolutely no distancing being enforced at all. It was completely unacceptable and we did not feel safe. I only saw one other family wearing masks. Same thing with mini golf. No masks and no distancing. I usually like Ogelbay but definitely can’t recommend at this current time unless they put more rules into place to enforce distancing.
Written August 16, 2020
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Charleston, WV6 contributions
People are allowed to feed the deer. Walking on a path a deer stood up, fluffed its fur and came after me. Had to use pepper spray, as it reared up on hind legs to attack. Be careful.
Leash laws are not followed. Several Pit bulls were running loose. Patrol of the park to enforce resolution oc these issues is nonexistent.
Was a nice Park not worrying about such issues in the past.
Written July 20, 2022
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Washington DC, DC75 contributions
My children and I were visiting from Northern Virgnia area and decided to visit Christmas light show. I had heard over the years how amazing it is. The entry price was 25.00 per car which is a little high, but we figured its just a one time thing. However, the line to enter the park was ridiculously long and because it is so spread out, they really couldn't pay too much attention to detail on some of the light displays. It was nice and I'm glad we tried it, but comparing it to the drive through shows at Seneca Creek state park in Gaithersburg ($12 weekday/$17 weekend) it was not as nice. Or even better yet, the walk though light show in Vienna VA at Meadowlark Gardens is phenomenal! I have never been to a more beautiful light show that the Meadowlark Gardens show.
Written December 17, 2020
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I’ve been going to Oglebay park for over 4 decades. Only missed the pandemic year.

5 families, we’ve stayed in most of the 4 BR cabins.

We’ve been through weddings, divorces, births, deaths, friends, children, grandchildren.

Coming from PA, NY, TX, WA, IL

With the one constant being gathering at Oglebay.

And the quirky Bunn coffee makers.

And the dim lighting, even in this LED world.

But our recent stay was a terrible disappointment.

It began with a kitchen that had one coffee cup and 20 saucers.
Maybe 3 glasses. Barely enough plates for a place that sleeps 12-14 if squeezed.

We soon learned that the wifi was useless.

Several of the beds had dangerous metal bars sticking out into the narrow space between beds.

There was an electric cord snaking across a bathroom floor.

But more than anything was the filth. When we started looking for a lost item, we found insects and dirt and dust everywhere we looked.
Clearly this unit had not been cleaned in months.

The sofa bed cushions looked like they had been dragged outside and put into place. Just filthy ugly.

The bedspreads were scary.

As were the recent price increases.

All this on top of a listing of “DeLuxe”. Really

I hate to say we’ll never come back, after 40 years.

But the alternatives at these prices look great in comparison to what Oglebay Park has become
Written October 23, 2021
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Youngstown, OH2 contributions
We were a bit worried on the drive up to the resort as we traveled through a few unkempt neighborhoods. However, upon arrival, we were very pleased. The grounds are stunning - the property is massive and spectacular. We stayed in the Wilson lodge, the Kline side. Yes, the rooms were a bit on the older side and showed wear and tear but they were sufficient as we spent very little time in the room and don't need many amenities. I traveled with my 13 year old son and he had a blast. We took advantage of several zoo encounters and my son was able to hand feed kangaroos and wallabies, several bird species as well as prepare food for the animals, take a guided tour of the zoo and learn about the animals from an experienced guide. It was fantastic. The zoo is very impressive and has enough variety to enjoy.
We were looking forward to the aerial obstacle course but learned on Monday that the course would be closed until Friday since the college kids working the attraction had to go back to school. We were disappointed so I sent an e mail to the resort and the operations manager, Mike Potts, responded with an offer to open the attraction at a time that was convenient for us and staff the course so we could utilize it. This was way above and beyond our expectations. My son was able to do all the course for over an hour and even had an experienced course employee help him navigate and conquer the obstacles he was apprehensive to tackle on his own. Todd was his name and he was very encouraging and helpful to my son. Also, a operations supervisor names Tyler was also part of this arrangement as he fitted us with the equipment and oversaw the course while we climbed.
We ate several meals at the resort and being a former chef, I was impressed with the quality of the food. The selections were enough for both of us to choose from in each venue.
There are many pleasant and helpful employees we encountered during our stay.
A highlight for my son was hand feeding and petting the deer that came from the woods each night to feed - it seems they are used to people feeding them and it is a nightly ritual. My son loved this and I was in awe of how many deer actually came up and would eat from our hands. Truly amazing - not sure where else you can do this outside of a petting zoo. These deer were wild, living in the woods. Awesome.
Overall, we loved this place. We swam in the pool at Crispan, rode the Swan boats, kayaks, played mini golf, toured the zoo, climbed the obstacle course, watched the movies at night and had a blast!!
We vowed to return each season of the year to try all the activities offered in different seasons and promised to make an annual journey to the resort as father and son. What a great ending to a wonderful week.
Written August 28, 2020
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Paula K
New Kensington, PA9 contributions
After more than 8 years of visiting oglebay, most times for October fest I was disheartened when I called to inquire about 2021 reservations, Christine, that answered the reservation phone line was more than rude! Totally disrespectful in the way she talked to me. I recommend that she be let go or at least receive disciplinary action. Oglebay has a known reservation for its charm and welcoming presence and I felt none of that from Christine.
Written July 19, 2021
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Oglebay Park is open:
  • Sun - Sat 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM