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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.
    www.morgantownmet.com
  2. Paint your own pottery at the WOW Factory.
    www.wowfactoryonline.com
  3. Stroll through the current art exhibit at the Mesaros Galleries at the WVU Creative Arts Center.
    www.art.ccarts.wvu.edu/mesaros_galleries
  4. Discover Arts Walk in the fall when handmade works of art are on display in downtown Morgantown and the Wharf District.
    www.downtownmorgantown.com
  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.
    www.wvpublictheatre.com
  7. Create a custom piece of pottery at Zenclay.
    www.zenclay.com
  8. Make plans to attend Mugs and Music on the Mon in August.
    http://www.downtownmorgantown.com/msm_events/mugs-music-mon
  9. Check out the featured artist at the MAC Benedum Gallery.
    http://www.monartscenter.com/archives/category/benedum-gallery
  10. Get your ticket to entertainment from the WVU Art Series.
    www.events.wvu.edu/index.shtml
  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.
    www.banffcentre.ca/mountainculture/tour
  12. Enjoy a local performance by Morgantown’s Community Theater groups.
    www.morgantowntheatrecompany.org/dynamic
  13. Enjoy music in the park all summer long at Chestnut Ridge Park Summer Concert Series.
    www.chestnutridgepark.com
  14. Celebrate America in Morgantown with music, a parade, contests and ending with a fabulous fireworks display over the Monongahela River.
    http://www.morgantownwv.gov

View more places for local artists.

Food and Drinks

  1. Enjoy the Festival of Food and Wine held each January, visiting chefs demonstrate their favorite recipes.
    www.lakeviewresort.com
  2. Enjoy extraordinary menus alfresco along the Mon River and Rail-Trail.
    www.tourmorgantown.com/eat
  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.
    www.buckwheatfest.com
  4. Enjoy a wine tasting and tour at Forks-of-Cheat Winery.
    www.wvwines.com/
  5. Try cool brews at one of our local brew pubs for a taste of local ales.
    tourmorgantown.com/eat/breweries
  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.
    www.mariosfishbowl.com
  7. Taste the good stuff! Downtown Morgantown and the historic Wharf District merchants celebrate Chocolate Lovers’ Day each April.
    www.tourmorgantown.com/events/chocolate-lovers-day
  8. Sample craft beers and food at the Monongalia County Ballpark in September! 
    www.homerunandhops.com 
  9. Love macaroni and cheese? Come to the Motown Mac n’ Cheese Cookoff in August.
    www.motownmacncheese.com
  10. Stop in at the Blue Moose Cafe for live entertainment.
    www.thebluemoosecafe.com

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History

  1. Stop in at the Greatest Generation WWII Museum.
    http://www.rowlesburg.org/greatestgeneration.html
  2. Reflect from one of six pews inside “Our Lady of the Pines,” the smallest church in 48 states.
    www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2438
  3. Climb to the site of a strategic Civil War battle, Cannon Hill, Rowlesburg.
    www.rowlesburg.org/cannon.html
  4. Remember Pearl Harbor at the USS WV Mast and memorial, Oglebay Plaza, WVU.
    www.wvu.edu/directions/downtown.html#OGH
  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. 
    http://artmuseum.wvu.edu
  6. Drop by “Eleanor’s Little Village;” historic Arthurdale is the first of FDR’s “New Deal” towns.
    www.arthurdaleheritage.org
  7. Discover the story behind the “Whiskey Stone” at the 1775 Forks-of-Cheat Baptist Church cemetery.
    www.interment.net/data/us/wv/monongalia/forks_cheat/index.htm
  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. 
    www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/7640
  9. See a great example of grist and roller equipment at the restored 1864 Easton Roller Mill Museum.
    www.historicalmills.blogspot.com/2008/09/easton-roller-mill.html
  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.
    www.facebook.com/ScottsRunMuseum/timeline
  11. Discover tools, medicines and furnishings of a typical 19th century drugstore at the Cook-Hayman Pharmacy Museum at the WVU School of Pharmacy.
    pharmacy.hsc.wvu.edu/about-the-sop/cook-hayman-pharmacy-museum
  12. Witness the Civil War reenactment in May at Rowlesburg.
    www.rowlesburg.org/reenactment.html
  13. Drive across Dent’s Run Covered Bridge (c. 1889) in Morgantown.
    www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMQV0_Dents_Run_Covered_Bridge
  14. Discover Terra Alta’s Americana Museum, an old fashioned doctor’s office, country store, carriage house, and blacksmith shop.
    www.westvirginia.com/mountaineer/history.cfm
  15. Walk the Rail-Trail and stop by the JFK Memorial.
    www.starcitywv.com

View more historic memorials and landmarks near Morgantown.

Outdoor Adventures

  1. Whitewater rafting on the Cheat River, Class II – V rapids!
    www.cheatriveroutfitters.com
  2. Hike Coopers Rock State Forest Tyrone Trail Loop to see Virgin Hemlock.
    www.trails.com
  3. Take the kids to Tugboat Depot.
    http://www.starcitywv.com/parks.html
  4. Explore 91-acres of the WVU Core Arboretum with 45 flower species and 70 bird species.
    http://arboretum.wvu.edu
  5. Take the self-guided Downtown Morgantown Audio Walking Tour.
    downtownmorgantown.com/listing/downtown-audio-walking-tour
  6. Rent a bike on the Rail-Trail.
    www.wamsleycycles.com
  7. Watch the world’s best lumberjacks competing across six jaw-dropping events during the Stihl Timbersports Competition in May.
    www.stihlusa.com/stihl-timbersports
  8. See the ABRA Hilly Billy Roubaix, a 72-ish-mile dirty road bicycle race in June.
    www.abraracing.com/HillyBillyRoubaix.html
  9. Look for the 50 species of wildflowers at Cathedral State Park.
    www.cathedralstatepark.com
  10. Climb the 30-foot boulders in Rock City at Coopers Rock.
    www.coopersrockstateforest.com/trails.html
  11. Witness a spectacular range of birds and mammals at Cranesville Swamp.
    www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/westvirginia/preserves/art1202.html
  12. Take a zip line canopy tour at the WVU Research Forest! 
    http://adventurechallenge.wvu.edu/canopy-tour
  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.
    www.coopersrockstateforest.com/trails.html
  14. Climb Sky Rock at Dorsey’s Knob for a 360-degree panoramic view of the area – and play a round of disc golf.
    www.boparc.org/dorseys-knob-park.html
  15. Visit the Suri Alpaca and Wensleydale Sheep at the Crimson Shamrock Ranch in Eglon.
    www.crimsonshamrockalpacas.com
  16. Take a tour of the WVU Farm.
    www.davis.wvu.edu
  17. Rent a boat, kayak or jet ski for a day on Cheat Lake at Sunset Beach Marina.
    www.sunsetbeach-marina.com
  18. Tour the B&O Railroad Museum in Rowlesburg.
    www.borail.org
  19. Hike to the Coopers Rock overlook, a 1,200-foot drop to the mile-wide gorge below.
    www.coopersrockstateforest.com
  20. Join 40,000 hawgs for Mountainfest, Morgantown’s annual motorcycle rally in July.
    www.wvmountainfest.com
  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.
    www.wvbg.org
  22. Celebrate fall at the WV Chestnut Festival in Rowlesburg.
    www.rowlesburg.info/chestnut_festival.php
  23. “Catch” the Cabela’s KingKat Fishing Tournament and free Kid’s Fishing Rodeo held each May.
    www.tourmorgantown.com/events/cabelas-king-kat-tournament
  24. Pitch your tent at Sands Springs Campground, just minutes from Coopers Rock.
    www.sandspringscampground.com
  25. Fish the bass, walleye and catfish in the backwaters of Cheat Lake from the Rail-Trail.
    www.cheatlaketoday.com
  26. Enjoy the ancient sport of Irish Road Bowling at Coopers Rock in May. 
    http://wvirishroadbowling.com/2011_schedule_.html
  27. Spelunkers, go wild caving with Cheat River Outfitters.
    www.cheatriveroutfitters.com
  28. Join in the Annual Cheat River Festival, a celebration in May to advance watershed projects, includes music, arts and food.
    www.cheatfest.org

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.
    www.westvirginiazoo.com
  2. Go ice skating at Morgantown Ice Arena, White Park.
    www.boparc.org/ice-arena.html
  3. Try cosmic bowling at Suburban Lanes.
    www.suburbanlanes.com
  4. Bring the little ones to Kid’s Day in downtown Morgantown and the Wharf District in July. www.downtownmorgantown.com/events/index.php
  5. Take the kids to Spark! Imagination and Science Center at the Mountaineer Mall.
    www.sparkwv.org
  6. Watch the star show at the WVU Tomchin Planetarium & Observatory.
    www.planetarium.wvu.edu
  7. Schedule WVU facilities and campus tours with the WVU Visitors Resource Center.
    www.visit.wvu.edu
  8. Browse the valuable, insightful WV Collection at the West Virginia University Library.
    www.libraries.wvu.edu/wvcollection
  9. Cool off in a public pool.
    www.boparc.org
  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.
    www.festivalofideas.wvu.edu/about
  11. Don’t miss the lighting of WVU’s Woodburn Hall for Christmas.
    www.alumni.wvu.edu/traditions/woodburn_lighting
  12. Make plans to be in downtown Morgantown for the WVU homecoming parade.
    www.homecoming.wvu.edu
  13. Enjoy some quality family time together on a scenic trip through the flat waters of the Big Sandy River with Padlz and Kayak Rentals.
    www.padlz.com

Read more about kid-friendly activities near Morgantown.

Recreation

  1. Ride the Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit system (PRT).
    http://transportation.wvu.edu/prt
  2. Tee up at one of seven 18-hole golf courses.
    tourmorgantown.com/sports/golf-courses-in-morgantown-wv
  3. Take your best friend to Stanley’s Spot Dog Park.
    www.boparc.org/stanleys-spot-dog-park.html
  4. Check out the activities and events at Mylan Park, Greater Morgantown’s recreational crown jewel.
    www.mylanpark.com/events
  5. Watch downtown Morgantown turn tons of snow into a pre-season ski and snowboard competition in October.
    www.facebook.com/MotownThrowdownWVU
  6. Spend a weekend in September at the WV Wine & Jazz Festival.
    www.wvwineandjazz.com
  7. Skateboard at Marilla Skate Park.
    www.boparc.org/marilla-skate-park.html
  8. Take in a movie! There are 27 commercial screens in Morgantown!
    www.fandango.com/morgantown_wv_movietheatershowtimes?tspstate=5
  9. Relax and get a massage at one of Morgantown’s renowned spas.
    www.mountainlair.com/MarketPlace/PersonalCare
  10. Go mountain biking at Big Bear Lake.
    www.bigbearwv.com
  11. Take in a cutting horse show or tractor pull at the WVU Farm in Reedsville.
    www.ext.wvu.edu/agriculture/wvu_reedsville_farm

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Shopping

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

View more places to shop near Morgantown.

Sports

  1. Tailgate at Milan Puskar Stadium during the WVU Mountaineer Football season.
    www.wvusports.com/page.cfm?section=7920
  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. 
    www.WestVirginiaBlackbears.com
  3. Join runners from around the country for the Morgantown Marathon in September.
    www.morgantownmarathon.com

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