Things to Try When Traveling through Greater Morgantown
Activities, Dining, and Weekly Events
Are you planning a vacation and have a driving route that passes through Greater Morgantown? Maybe you are planning a trip to Greater Morgantown and are curious about what activities to partake in. Either way, there is always live music, sporting events and great local food for you to discover.
Fun Activities to Try
Visit Forks of Cheat Winery and take advantage of the wine tastings offered. Make sure to stop by the gift shop before you leave for West Virginia souvenirs and wine items.
Grab a group of friends and plan a weekend of whitewater rafting and mountain biking, or just spend the day kayaking, canoeing, or renting a boat to take out onto Cheat Lake.
Explore the many trails of Greater Morgantown, climb to the overlooks of Cooper’s Rock, or take in the scenic views at Dorsey’s Knob. Pack a lunch and a good book to enjoy an afternoon in the sun
Go on a birding expedition for Greater Morgantown birds such as the Canada Goose, Mourning Dove, and Pileated Woodpecker. Many birds can be found at Cranesville Swamp, a relict wetland complex with a boardwalk, Cathedral State Park that has an ancient hemlock forest, Upper Decker’s Creek that provides a blend of marsh, ponds, and fields, and the WVU Core Arboretum, made up of trails, wooded area, and flood plains.
Another idea is to visit one of Greater Morgantown’s many golf courses. Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa has two 18-hole championship courses that were given four stars by Golf Digest. For a challenging, yet player-friendly course, visit Mountaineer Golf and Country Club for the area’s largest driving range. If you’re more of a beginner, Paradise Lake Golf Course is the ideal choice that features a nine-hole golf course. Afterward, visit one of the many spas around town for a relaxing evening.
Dining Around Town
Depending on the time of day that you are passing through, start your morning at Blue Moose Cafe for multiple coffee blends, tea and more. Breakfast items such as bagels and pastries are also available. Just down the road is The Grind, a local coffee shop that creates unique coffee drinks and tasty food.
Refuel for lunch by trying a Morgantown favorite, Tin 202 for yummy cocktails and tapas. Another restaurant landmark, Tailpipes, has gourmet burgers and fries. Try one of its milkshakes to satisfy your sweet tooth, or try a fishbowl at Mario’s Fishbowl along with some Cowboy Ranch wings.
At dinnertime, test your trivia knowledge at Morgantown Brewing Company on Sunday or at Iron Horse Tavern on Monday night. Head over to Table 9 on Tuesday for “One Burger, One Bourbon, One Beer” featuring a new burger each week for only $15.
For a casual evening out, visit Sargasso on Wednesday for a wine tasting. Sing to your heart’s content at Applebee’s for karaoke night on Thursday, and end the week by listening to local music while eating great food at Black Bear Burritos on Friday.
WVU Creative Arts Center frequently holds arts and entertainment shows throughout the year. Keep an eye out for the next musical, concert, or live theater production. No matter the season, there is always a sporting event going on around town as well.
The WOW! Factory holds art classes for all ages to enjoy. Learn how to create a mosaic, paint your own pottery piece, discover glass fusing and form clay sculptures. Classes range from Paint n’ Sip to Wacky Wednesday, all the way to Story Painting and Kids Kanvas.
Audio walking tours of the Historic Downtown area are offered weekly for a chance to take a step back in time. You can also look for well-known landmarks throughout Greater Morgantown like the Don Knotts statue or the JFK Memorial.
Escape the Morgantown Escape Room with friends and family by working together to solve puzzles, find hidden clues and decode messages. Think quickly though, you’re racing against the clock to escape the room in under 60 minutes!
Check out the WVU Planetarium for weekly shows where audiences can discover galaxies, explore the vast solar system, and gaze at the stars, or make a reservation to soar with WVU Canopy Tour, an experience that features multiple ziplines, a rappel station, and even an aerial bridge.
You can always visit the Seneca Center, a landmark of history, shopping, and local dining, for antique-hunting or just to observe the art of glass making by looking at the authentic manufacturing tools and murals. Don’t forget to view the weekly tea tastings before you leave that are held at The Tea Shoppe!
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