The Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of summer activities at Oglebay Park in Wheeling.
John Hargleroad, director of operations, says that all the Oglebay facilities will be open beginning May 24 with some special activities planned for the Memorial Day weekend.
Inflatable rides will be at the Schenk Lake area on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1 - 5 p.m. and Doozy the Clown will also be at the lake area all three days from 1 - 4 p.m.
Oglebay will begin offering daily activity wristbands for $16 on May 24. The wristbands are available at the Good Zoo and Visitors Center through Labor Day and provide all day use at the par three and miniature golf, Good Zoo, train ride, pedal boats, fishing, trolley, outdoor pool, tennis, mansion and glass museum.
On May 25, the zoo will hold "Dino Discussions," from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The zoo is accepting entries for the second annual "Capture the Wild" photography contest. Contest rules and entry forms are available on the zoo's website at www.oglebay-resort.com/goodzoo.
"We had a great response last summer to our photography contest and are looking forward to this year's entries," said Director Penny Miller. "We'll be awarding some great prizes."
Miller 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 new mongoose lemurs," said Miller.
Animal Encounters also include the ring-tailed lemurs, red pandas, river otters and kangaroos. The encounters must be scheduled in advance by calling 304-243-4030. The Good Zoo is open daily at 10 am. Admission is $9 for adults, $5.75 for ages 3-12, and ages 2 and under and members are free.
The Easy Street Band will present a free concert at the Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater on Sunday from 7 -9 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.
For information on all activities at Oglebay visit www.oglebay-resort.com.