Harpers Ferry is one of our favorite areas to visit. Its a beautiful, scenic area and there is something to do that will make everyone happy!
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
A great place to start your visit is at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. In non-Covid times you can visit the Visitors Center and pick up a Junior ranger booklet for the kids. This will keep them busy searching for information they need to complete their book while you explore the museums and old shops they may usually think of as boring. There is a lot of history and artifacts to explore in the different buildings in lower town. From the visitors center you can either take the shuttle (if its running) or walk the 1.5 miles to lower town.
When you are done, take your completed junior ranger book back to the Visitor Center for your Junior ranger badge.
Harpers Ferry Adventure Center
Harpers Ferry Adventure Center is a great place to do zipling, tubing, or white water rafting. If you visit lower town in Harpers ferry you will see tubers coming under the railroad bridge. We decided to do the White Water adventure. Our family, along with one other family was assigned a guide and shuttled up river. In September the rapids were small, making it a great start for our kids. If you want more exciting rapids I would definitely go earlier in the season when water levels are high. For more information, check out their website at https://harpersferryadventurecenter.com/
Harpers Ferry Brewing
Right across from Harpers Ferry Adventure Center is Harpers Ferry Brewing. The Brewery sits on top of a hill and has one of the best views in all of Harpers Ferry! It has a huge outdoor area with a lot of seating, or you can bring your own chairs.
While the beer is great for adults (and tons of choices!) they also sell rootbeer floats which are a huge hit with the kids! Both times we have been there were also multiple food truck options to keep everyone fed.
Big Cork Vineyards
A short drive away into Maryland, Big Cork Vineyards offers gorgeous views in a kid friendly setting. There is a tent with kids toys and balls for them to play. Also rootbeer which is a big hit with my kids! We liked the wine, though kids arent allowed at the inside bar where you do the tastings so you have to commit to a bottle.
Another one that is a short drive into Maryland. This property offers gorgeous views! There are different sections that are kid friendly and not kid friendly and you have to make a reservation. There was a nominal fee of $5 per person for the reservation. You can buy wine by the glass or bottle and some food offerings are offered as well. The day we went there was a band playing out on the patio.
There are plenty of opportunities to hike around Harpers Ferry! To read more about the Maryland Heights Trail, a 4.5 mile hike we did check out this post:
And if you are looking for a place to stay, check out this post about the Harpers Ferry KOA. https://campingwiththekennedys.com/2020/10/15/harpers-ferry-koa-review/
What are some of your favorite places to go in Harpers Ferry? Let us know in the comments below and we will check them out on our next trip!