In addition to scheduled tours, Morgantown and the surrounding area offer several fun activities, including museums, sporting events, and outdoor adventures.
In addition to the tours, here are some options for exploring on your own.
Arts and History
Take a self-guided audio walking tour of Historic Downtown Morgantown to learn more about the town’s architecture, rich history, and people.
Rotating exhibits, tours, and events highlight local and regional history.
The Art Museum of West Virginia University provides a welcoming environment for audiences to experience the transforming power of art and explores contemporary artistic innovation as well as artistic traditions of different cultures.
The Watts museum preserves and promotes the social, cultural, and technological history of the coal, oil, and natural gas industries of West Virginia.
The Reedsville Project, later named Arthurdale, was begun in 1934 as a homestead community with the help and direction of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Today, most of the community buildings still stand and most are part of the New Deal Homestead Museum.
From outdoor sculptures and murals to indoor galleries and venues, Morgantown offers many opportunities for experiencing art for free.
For more local museums and historical sites: https://www.tourmorgantown.com/play/history-in-morgantown-wv/
The Caperton Rail-Trail is a paved surface that runs directly behind the conference hotel through Morgantown city and Star City limits. It’s perfect for walking, biking, or skating through parks, the WVU Core Arboretum, and the Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park. It offers access to downtown Morgantown and connects to the Deckers Creek Rail-Trail, which features scenic landscape of secluded hardwoods, hemlock and rhododendron, and rock outcroppings outside the Morgantown city limits.
The WVU Core Arboretum is a 91-acre tract of land near the WVU Coliseum that features 3 miles of foot trails, old growth forest, and interpretive signs. It’s a perfect site to see spring wildflowers from late March to early May and can be reached from the Caperton Rail-Trail or the Arboretum parking lot located on Monongahela Boulevard.
Located about 10 miles from the conference hotel, the West Virginia Botanic Garden at Tibbs Run Preserve is 85 acres of gardens and mixed deciduous, hemlock, and rhododendron forest.
Coopers Rock State Forest offers opportunities for hiking and great views of the canyon section of the Cheat River. It is located 13 miles outside of Morgantown, just a few minutes off of Interstate 68.
About 3 miles from the conference hotel, Dorsey’s Knob is a 70 acre park located adjacent to U.S. 119. It offers a picturesque view of Morgantown, as well as trails, a disc golf course, and playground.
Fun and Games
Located less than half a mile from the conference hotel, this venue offers rooms with different themes and missions to complete in 60 minutes by finding clues and solving puzzles.
Starport Arcade and Pub is located in downtown Morgantown and features the latest arcade and pinball machines, vintage games from the 1980s, and skill games like skee ball, pool, and air hockey. Guests under 21 are welcome before 9 p.m. everyday. Starport also features two bars and a full service kitchen.
Live music venue that hosts local, regional, and national music talent from all genres. Most shows are 18 and up.
A 500 capacity live music venue located in downtown Morgantown.
Located about 2.5 miles from the conference hotel, Mountain Man Axe Throwing is a place to get in touch with your lumberjack side.
Forks of Cheat Winery produces a wide variety of prize winning wines with an old world tradition. It is located about 10 miles from the conference hotel.
About an hour and a half from Morgantown, Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold was built in the mid-1970s in honor of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in the New Vrindaban Community, established in 1968. It was the largest Hare Krishna community in the United States until scandal caused the numbers to dwindle. Today, the community welcomes numerous visitors each year to the Palace.
Friendship Hill National Historic Site located in nearby Point Marion, PA, highlights the life and contributions of Albert Gallatin, Secretary of the Treasury during the Jefferson and Madison administrations.
About an hours drive from Morgantown, Kentuck Knob (Chalk Hill, PA) and Fallingwater (Mill Run, PA) are two landmarks designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright that are open to the public for tours.
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