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This list will get you started enjoying some of what Greater Morgantown has to offer. Be sure to download or print it before heading out on your adventure.

Arts

  1. Check out the performance schedule for the historic Met Theatre.
  2. Paint your own pottery at the WOW Factory.
  3. Stroll through the current art exhibit at the Mesaros Galleries at the WVU Creative Arts Center.
  4. Discover Arts Walk in the fall when handmade works of art are on display in downtown Morgantown and the Wharf District.
  5. Take your photo with the life-sized, bronze statues of basketball greats Jerry West and “Hot Rod” Hundley, at the WVU Coliseum.
  6. Get a taste of Broadway with the WV Public Theatre.
  7. Create a custom piece of pottery at Zenclay.
  8. Make plans to attend Mugs and Music on the Mon in August.
  9. Check out the featured artist at the MAC Benedum Gallery.
  10. Get your ticket to entertainment from the WVU Art Series.
  11. Experience the exhilarating beauty of mountain landscapes and hear from the world’s top adventurers at the Banff Mountain Film Festival at the Met Theatre in April.
  12. Enjoy a local performance by Morgantown’s Community Theater groups.
  13. Enjoy music in the park all summer long at Chestnut Ridge Park Summer Concert Series.
  14. Celebrate America in Morgantown with music, a parade, contests and ending with a fabulous fireworks display over the Monongahela River.

Food and Drinks

  1. Enjoy the annual Festival of Food and Wine held each January, visiting chefs demonstrate their favorite recipes.
  2. Enjoy extraordinary menus alfresco along the Mon River and Rail-Trail.
  3. Get your fill of buckwheat cakes, sausage, firemen’s parades and the midway at the annual four-day Preston County Buckwheat Festival starts the last Thursday in September.
  4. Enjoy a wine tasting and tour at Forks-of-Cheat Winery.
  5. Try cool brews at one of our local brew pubs for a taste of local ales.
  6. Be seen at the historic hot spot, Mario’s Fishbowl…from the frosty fishbowls of beer to the delicious sandwiches and award-winning chicken wings.
  7. Taste the good stuff! Downtown Morgantown and the historic Wharf District merchants celebrate Chocolate Lovers’ Day each April.
  8. Sample craft beers and food at the Monongalia County Ballpark in September! 
  9. Love macaroni and cheese? Come to the Motown Mac n’ Cheese Cookoff in August.
  10. Stop in at the Blue Moose Cafe for live entertainment.

History

  1. Stop in at the Greatest Generation WWII Museum.
  2. Reflect from one of six pews inside “Our Lady of the Pines,” the smallest church in 48 states.
  3. Climb to the site of a strategic Civil War battle, Cannon Hill, Rowlesburg.
  4. Remember Pearl Harbor at the USS WV Mast and memorial, Oglebay Plaza, WVU.
  5. Tour the Art Museum of WVU, 5,400 s.f. of exhibition space housing 3,000 pieces, including paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramic and folk art. 
  6. Drop by “Eleanor’s Little Village;” historic Arthurdale is the first of FDR’s “New Deal” towns.
  7. Discover the story behind the “Whiskey Stone” at the 1775 Forks-of-Cheat Baptist Church Cemetery.
  8. Drive to Cool Springs, a roadside attraction on U.S. Rt. 50 that includes an old steam engine, old-fashioned cooking, and a true general store. 
  9. See a great example of grist and roller equipment at the restored 1864 Easton Roller Mill Museum.
  10. Step back to another time and visit the 13 communities that were put together as coal camps when the boom attracted men from 19 countries to work the local mines.
  11. Discover tools, medicines, and furnishings of a typical 19th-century drugstore at the Cook-Hayman Pharmacy Museum at the WVU School of Pharmacy.
  12. Witness the Civil War reenactment in May at Rowlesburg.
  13. Drive across Dent’s Run Covered Bridge (c. 1889) in Morgantown.
  14. Discover Terra Alta’s Americana Museum, an old fashioned doctor’s office, country store, carriage house, and blacksmith shop.
  15. Walk the Rail-Trail and stop by the JFK Memorial.
View more historic memorials and landmarks near Morgantown.

Outdoor Adventures

  1. Whitewater rafting on the Cheat River, Class II – V rapids!
  2. Hike Coopers Rock State Forest Tyrone Trail Loop to see Virgin Hemlock.
  3. Take the kids to Tugboat Depot.
  4. Explore 91-acres of the WVU Core Arboretum with 45 flower species and 70 bird species.
  5. Take the self-guided Audio Walking Tour in downtown Morgantown.
  6. Rent a bike to take on the Rail-Trail.
  7. Watch the world’s best lumberjacks competing across six jaw-dropping events during the Stihl Timbersports Competition in May.
  8. See the ABRA Hilly Billy Roubaix, a 72-ish-mile dirty road bicycle race in June.
  9. Look for the 50 species of wildflowers at Cathedral State Park.
  10. Climb the 30-foot boulders in Rock City at Coopers Rock.
  11. Witness a spectacular range of birds and mammals at Cranesville Swamp.
  12. Take a zip line canopy tour at the WVU Research Forest
  13. Hike through the forest to the historic Henry Clay Iron Furnace, a 30-foot pyramidal stone structure (c. 1834) is all that remains of the state’s smelting industry.
  14. Climb Sky Rock at Dorsey’s Knob for a 360-degree panoramic view of the area – and play a round of disc golf.
  15. Visit the Suri Alpaca and Wensleydale Sheep at the Crimson Shamrock Ranch in Eglon.
  16. Take a tour of the WVU Farm.
  17. Rent a boat, kayak or jet ski for a day on Cheat Lake at Sunset Beach Marina.
  18. Tour the B&O Railroad Museum in Rowlesburg.
  19. Hike to the Coopers Rock overlook, a 1,200-foot drop to the mile-wide gorge below.
  20. Join 40,000 hawgs for Mountainfest, Morgantown’s annual motorcycle rally in July.
  21. Walk through nature and enjoy beautifully landscaped gardens along trails that weave from bright meadows into cool, shaded woodlands at the West Virginia Botanic Garden.
  22. Celebrate fall at the WV Chestnut Festival in Rowlesburg.
  23. “Catch” the Cabela’s KingKat Fishing Tournament and free Kid’s Fishing Rodeo held each May.
  24. Pitch your tent at Sands Springs Campground, just minutes from Coopers Rock.
  25. Fish the bass, walleye and catfish in the backwaters of Cheat Lake from the Rail-Trail.
  26. Enjoy the ancient sport of Irish Road Bowling at Coopers Rock in May. 
  27. Spelunkers, go wild caving with Cheat River Outfitters.
  28. Join in the annual Cheat River Festival, a celebration in May to advance watershed projects, includes music, arts, and food.
View more outdoor activities to participate in near Morgantown.

Kid-Friendly  Activities

  1. Visit Hovatter’s Wildlife Zoo, home to 30 species of native and exotic animals.
  2. Go ice skating at Morgantown Ice Arena, White Park.
  3. Try cosmic bowling at Suburban Lanes.
  4. Bring the little ones to Kids’ Day in downtown Morgantown and the Wharf District in July. 
  5. Take the kids to Spark! Imagination and Science Center at the Mountaineer Mall.
  6. Watch the star show at the WVU Tomchin Planetarium & Observatory.
  7. Schedule WVU facilities and campus tours with the WVU Visitors Resource Center.
  8. Browse the valuable, insightful WV Collection at the West Virginia University Library.
  9. Cool off in a public pool.
  10. Become enlightened at the Festival of Ideas; each February through April a diverse cast of internationally noted innovators, thought leaders, and experts visit the WVU campus.
  11. Don’t miss the lighting of WVU’s Woodburn Hall for Christmas.
  12. Make plans to be in downtown Morgantown for the WVU homecoming parade.
  13. Enjoy some quality family time together on a scenic trip through the flat waters of the Big Sandy River with Padlz Canoe and Kayak Rentals.

Recreation

  1. Ride on the Personal Rapid Transit system (PRT).
  2. Tee up at one of seven 18-hole golf courses.
  3. Take your best friend to Stanley’s Spot Dog Park.
  4. Check out the activities and events at Mylan Park, Greater Morgantown’s recreational crown jewel.
  5. Watch downtown Morgantown turn tons of snow into a pre-season ski and snowboard competition in October.
  6. Spend a weekend in September at the WV Wine & Jazz Festival.
  7. Skateboard at Marilla Skate Park.
  8. Take in a movie! There are 27 commercial screens in Morgantown!
  9. Relax and get a massage at one of Morgantown’s renowned spas.
  10. Go mountain biking at Big Bear Lake.
  11. Take in a cutting horse show or tractor pull at the WVU Farm in Reedsville.

Shopping

  1. Go antique-ing!
  2. Shop ‘til you drop at University Town Centre, Suncrest Towne Centre and the Morgantown Mall.
  3. Visit the specialty shops at Seneca Center, a restored glass factory.
  4. Join Allegheny Treenware “spooners” in their wood shop.
  5. Stroll through the Old Stone House for unique gifts.
  6. Buy fresh, local produce at the Farmers Market.
  7. Buy a West Virginia University souvenir at a campus store, Mountaineer Zone, Mountaineer Nation or The Book Exchange.
  8. Create one-of-a-kind jewelry at the Silver Pennies Jewelry Design Co.

Sports

  1. Tailgate at Milan Puskar Stadium during the WVU Mountaineer Football season.
  2. Grab a seat at the Monongalia County Ballpark and watch America’s favorite pastime with the WV Black Bears, a minor league baseball team in the New York Penn League and an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. 
  3. Join runners from around the country for the Morgantown Marathon in September.
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