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Morgantown

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Downtown Morgantown from the hills.
Walnut PRT Station and part of downtown
For other places with the same name, see Morgantown (disambiguation).

Morgantown is in Monongalia County, West Virginia and is the county seat. It is home to the West Virginia University Mountaineers. It has been described as the #1 small city in America. Its main claim to fame is the Morgantown PRT, a "Personal Rapid Transit" system that was supposed to be the future of public transportation in the 1970s but found few takers elsewhere after cost overruns and delays.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

By car[edit]

Major routes in and out of Morgantown include:

  • I-79, which runs in a north-south fashion through the eastern side of Morgantown
  • I-68, which runs in an east-west fashion through the southern side of Morgantown
  • WV 43, a newly-completed section of the Mon-Fayette Expressway connecting the Morgantown area to Fayette County, Pennsylvania
  • US 119, which runs in a north-south fashion through downtown
  • US 19, which runs through downtown
  • WV 7
  • WV 705

Morgantown is:

  • 77 miles (120 km) south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania;
  • 208 miles (335 km) south of Cleveland, Ohio;
  • 385 miles (615 km) north of Charlotte, North Carolina;
  • 528 miles (845 km) east of Chicago, Illinois;
  • 225 miles (360 km) west of Baltimore, Maryland;
  • 327 miles (520 km) west of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
  • 218 miles (350 km) west of Washington, D.C.

By bus[edit]

  • Megabus. Service from Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Buses stop at Mountaineer Station, 1112 Van Voorhis Road.

Get around[edit]

  • The PRT (Personal Rapid Transit) is a unique urban rail system that provides the primary mode of transportation for students, faculty, and staff of the university and residents of the Morgantown area. There are five station stops: Walnut, Beechurst, Engineering, Towers, and Medical. The PRTs transport between Downtown Morgantown, the WVU Downtown Campus, the Evansdale Campus and the Medical Center Complex. Nominal cost to ride across campus (50 cents per ride).
  • Regular hours (during school year): M-F 6:30AM-10:15PM; Sa 9:30-5PM. No Sunday service, unless the day before classes begin is a Sunday, in which case PRT runs on Saturday hours. No service on days when class is not in session. Extended hours for special events, most notably football and basketball games.
  • Summer hours: M-F 6:30AM-6:15PM; Sa 9:30AM-5PM.
  • The Mountain Line is a public transit bus system providing service in and around the city of Morgantown. The service is free to students, with nominal fares for the public. The city of Morgantown subsidizes the bus system, making the fares very affordable.
  • Car & foot: Since a lot of recreational activities are in close proximity to one another they are easily accessible by car and foot. There is no need to worry about parking. There are four parking garages with a total of 1,600 parking spots in Morgantown. They are located at University Ave and Chestnut Street, Pleasant Street, Spruce Street, and Wharf Street.

See[edit]

Map of Morgantown
  • 1 Core Arboretum, +1 304 293-5201. Monongahela Boulevard. Daily, dawn to dusk. 91 acres of forest with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 acres of lawns planted with specimen trees. Core Arboretum on Wikipedia
  • 2 Dorsey's Knob. An excellent view of the Rolling Hills of West Virginia at no cost. Dorsey Knob on Wikipedia

Museums[edit]

  • 4 Cook-Hayman Pharmacy Museum, 1132 Health Sciences North, +1 304 293-5212. Tours by appointment booked through website. Built to resemble a 19th-century drugstore, the museum includes texts, medicines, furnishings, apothecary jars, mills, bottles, scales and other devices used by pharmacists over the past 100 years. Free.
  • 5 Morgantown Glass Museum, 1628 Mileground Road, +1 304-685-5760, e-mail: . By appointment only. Please call.. Displays thousands of glass pieces from the late 19th century to around 1980, made in factories of the Morgantown Glass Company, the Seneca Glass company and the Gentile Glass Company in the Morgantown area.
  • Scott's Run Museum (exit 155 from I-79, Osage), +304-599-1931. Sa 1PM-4PM, or by appointment. Celebrating and preserving the history of coal and the coal boom area in Morgantown. Free.
  • 8 West Virginia University's Creative Arts Center, +1 304-293-4841. Gallery hours F noon-9PM; Sa 1PM-9PM.. 4 theatres and 1 performance hall. All exhibitions, lectures, and receptions are free and open to the public.
  • 9 Monongalia Arts Center, 107 High Street (between the historic Hotel Morgan and the old Morgantown Post Office on South High Street), +1 304 292-3325, e-mail: . M-F 11AM - 7PM, Sa 11AM - 4PM. A non-profit arts and culture center serving Monongalia County and surrounding areas. MAC offers classes in the visual and performing arts, and houses the Benedum Gallery, Davis Gallery, Tanner Theatre, and a gift shop featuring artwork by various local artists. Monongalia Arts Center on Wikipedia

Do[edit]

Shopping[edit]

  • Fig Leaf, 491 High Street. M-W 11AM-5PM, Th-Sa 11AM-6PM. . Small boutique for women's clothing.
  • The Book Exchange, 152 Willey Street, +1 304-292-7354. M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 10AM-2PM. Campus store supplying textbooks, clothing, school merchandise and memorabilia.

Spectator sports[edit]

  • West Virginia Mountaineers, WVU Coliseum, 3450 Jerry West Blvd. (between Blue and Gold Gate entrances), toll-free: +1 800 WVU-GAME (988-4263). M-F, 9AM–5PM. WVU sports teams are undoubtedly Morgantown's highest-profile attraction. The Mountaineers field teams in seven men's sports, 10 women's sports, and one coeducational sport (rifle shooting), mostly as members of the Big 12 Conference. As at most other big schools, the football and men's basketball teams are the biggest draws. Notably, when WVU fills Milan Puskar Stadium for football games, the stadium becomes the largest "city" in the state by a healthy margin. While a small number of WVU fans aren't exactly friendly to opposing fans, violence is largely nonexistent, and neutral visitors should have no trouble. Like the WVU campus, the school's main athletic venues are disjointed—the football stadium is at the Health Sciences campus; the WVU Coliseum (several indoor sports, most notably basketball) and some other venues are at the Evansdale campus; and the baseball stadium is at University Town Centre in Granville.
  • 1 West Virginia Black Bears, Monongalia County Ballpark (University Town Centre, Granville), +1 304 293-7910, e-mail: . The Black Bears, which moved from Jamestown, New York, after the 2014 season, play in the New York–Penn League, a short-season Class A league, and share WVU's new baseball park. The season runs from mid-June to early September.

Movie theaters[edit]

Arts and entertainment[edit]

Outdoors[edit]

  • Boparc. Recreational activities. Includes parks, swimming, summer camps, trips, and other special events.
  • Cooper's Rock State Forest. A West Virginia State Forest Managed cooperatively by WV State Parks and the WV Division of Forestry. Just outside Morgantown on the border of Monongalia and Preston counties.
  • Dorsey's Knob. An excellent view of the Rolling Hills of West Virginia at no cost.

Night life[edit]

  • Karma Nightclub, 335 High Street, +1 304-292-9593. Tu, Th-Sa 9PM-3AM. Dance club with bar; must be 18 to enter, 21 to drink.
  • Lola's Cocktail Lounge, 491 High Street, +1 304-225-LOLA (5652). Tu-Sa 8PM-3AM. Upscale cocktail lounge
  • Bent Willey's, 471 Chestnut Street, +1 304-292-9590. Tu-Sa 8PM-3AM. Two-level night club with food, drinks, DJ, and deck. Nightly drink specials. Must be 21 years to enter.
  • de Lazy Lizard, 345 High Street, +1 304-296-0004. W-Sa 9PM-3AM. Two-level night club including eight bars, DJ, and dance floor. Weekly specials. Must be 21 years to enter.
  • The Cellar, 376 High Street, +1 304-284-9969. W-Sa 9PM-3AM. Drink specials until midnight. Dance floor and DJ. 18 to enter, 21 to drink.
  • Ky's Lounge, 491 High Street, +1 304-413-0214. Th, F 9PM-3AM; Sa 9PM-2:30AM; Su 10PM-2:30AM. No cover charge.
  • X-Hale Hookah Lounge, 218 Walnut Street, +1 304-241-1537. Daily from 9PM. Relaxing hookah lounge with more than 70 different flavors of shisha tobacco. Private parties available.

Buy[edit]

  • Appalachian Gallery, 44 High Street, +1 304 296-0163. Handcrafted works by artists and artisans in West Virginia and neighboring regions, including baskets, books, fabric art, folk toys, framed art, glass, jewellery, metal works, mosaics, music, pottery, thumb pianos, wildlife portraits and wooden items.

Glass[edit]

The Morgantown area has been home to over 30 glass factories over the past 100 years, including Seneca Glass, Monongahela Valley Cut Glass, Mississippi Glass, Pressed Prism Glass, Beaumont Glass, and others. Currently there are only two glass factories left in the area:

  • Davis-Lynch Glass, Boyers Avenue, +1 304-599-2244. Most of their output is sold to lamp distributors, but some is offered for sale to the public at the L & G Lamp Shop.
  • Gentile Glass, 425 Industrial Avenue, +1 304 599-2750. Glassworking hours M-F 8AM-3PM; shop hours M-F 8AM-4PM and Sa 8AM-noon. The only place in the Morgantown area where you can watch glass being worked.
  • Seneca Center, 709 Beechurst Avenue. Offers a collection of vintage Morgantown Glass, among other things.

Malls[edit]

  • Morgantown Mall, 9500 Mall Road, +1 304 983-6255. M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su noon-6PM. Over 80 shops and restaurants, including: Aeropostale, American Eagle, Bath & Body Works, Finishline, Forever 21, Gamestop, Gap, Hallmark, Hollister, JCPenney, Kay Jewelers, New York & Company, Pacific Sunwear, Payless, Radio Shack, Sears, Sepencer's, and Victoria's Secret.
  • University Town Centre, at Granville, 5001 University Towne Center Drive ((Located off I-79, Star City Exit)). Stores include: Sally’s Beauty Supply, Maurice’s, Petco, TJ Maxx, Old Navy, Target, Giant Eagle, Goody's, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Barnes & Noble, Sam's Club, Super Wal-Mart, Olive Garden, Cheddar's, Longhorn Steakhouse, Chili's, CiCi's Pizza, Evergreen Buffet. The development is also home to Monongalia County Ballpark, home to WVU baseball and the Black Bears.

Eat[edit]

  • Black Bear Burritos, 132 Pleasant Street, +1 304-296-8696. M-Sa 11:30AM-10PM. Burritos of all ethnic cuisines, served in a unique Appalachian atmosphere.
  • 1 Boston Beanery Restaurant, 321 High Street, +1 304-292-0165. Su-Th 11:00AM-midnight, F-Sa 11:00AM-1:00AM. Catch the spirit of Old Boston! Salads, entrées, clam chowder and more available.
  • Glasshouse Grille, 709 Beechurst Avenue, +1 304-296-8460. Lunch M-F 11-2, Dinner M-Sa beginning at 5PM. Fine dining located in the refurbished Seneca glass factory.
  • Oliverio's Ristorante, 52 Clay Street, +1 304-296-2565. M-Tu 4PM-10PM, W-F 11AM-10PM, Sa 3PM-10PM, Su 4PM-9PM. Tuscan-inspired cuisine Pasta dishes $13-15, mains $17-45.
  • Ali Baba (formerly Voyagers), Morgantown Airport (Hart Field), 110 Hart Field Road, +1 304-292-4701. M-Th 11AM-8PM; F-Sa 11AM-9PM; closed Su. Mediterranean and American menu, lunch buffet. Quiet atmosphere, ample free parking.
  • Yama Japanese Restaurant, 387½ High St, +1 304-291-2456. M-F 11:30AM-3PM, 5PM-8PM; Sa noon-3PM, 5PM-8PM. Authentic Japanese cuisine, including sushi. Noodles, bowls $8; mains $12.50.
  • Blue Moose Cafe, 248 Walnut Street, +1 304-292-8999. M-Th 7AM-10PM, F 7AM-11PM, Sa 8AM-11PM, Su 8AM-10PM. Breakfast, lunch, and live entertainment.
  • 3 Tin 202, 202 High St, +1 304-212-5863. Upscale restaurant and bar located in downtown, serving up tapas, prime beef and well-made cocktails.
  • Mountainlair Student Union, 1550 University Avenue, +1 304-293-2702. M-Th 7AM-midnight, F 7AM-2AM, Sa 9AM-2AM, Su 2PM-midnight. The Mountainlair, or "Lair", houses a convenience store and more than 10 eateries, some of which include: Burger King, Freshens, Quizno's, Hatfields, and Sbarro. The Mountainlair also has a bowling alley and billiard tables on the ground floor.

Drink[edit]

Because Morgantown is home to a major university, downtown Morgantown nightlife thrives for those in their twenties to early thirties. High Street is the main center for bar activity. Similar student activity can be found adjacent to the main WVU campus in "Sunnyside". Don't expect this to apply to the summer months, however.

  • Mario's Fishbowl, 704 Richwood Ave, +1 304 292-2511. M-W 11AM-midnight, Th-Sa 11AM-1AM, Su noon-10PM. Morgantown's best known bar among students and alumni.
  • West Virginia Brewing Company, 1291 University Avenue, +1 304-292-6959. Tu-Sa 11AM-2AM, Su 3PM-2AM. Brewing 24 beers, ales, stouts, bitters and lagers. Serves good pub food. Try Ned's Pale Ale and the Appalachian Ale. Catering and private parties available.
  • Richwood Grill, 318 Richwood Avenue, +1 304 292-1888. Local, organic dishes updated seasonally. Huge microbrew and liquor list. $20-30 per entree.

Bars and pubs[edit]

  • 1 4th & Goal, 234 Walnut Street, +1 304-225-2663. M-F 5PM-3AM, Sa-Su 11:30AM-3AM. Weekly drink specials. Food, pool table, darts, beer pong. Inquire for private parties.
  • 2 McClafferty's Irish Pub, 1301 University Ave, +1 304-292-1110. Daily 4PM-3AM. Weekly drink specials. Food, darts, pool table, trivia.
  • 3 The Backdoor Bar & Tavern, 485 High Street, +1 304-292-5936. M-Th, Sa 8PM-3AM; F 5PM-3AM. Weekly drink specials including a happy hour buffet and live entertainment with karaoke.
  • 4 The Sports Page, 325 High Street, +1 304-284-0996. M-F 5PM-3AM, Sa 11AM-3AM, Su noon-2AM. Happy hour everyday from 5PM-8PM. Weekly drink specials. Food, pool and foosball table, TV and dance floor.

Sleep[edit]

  • 1 Best Western Mountaineer Inn, 366 Boyers Ave (Located near I-79.), +1 304-599-5399. Indoor pool, continental breakfast, high speed internet, coffee maker, and iron.
  • 2 Clarion Hotel Morgan, 127 High St, +1 304-292-8200. Historic hotel in downtown Morgantown, directly beside the historic Warner Theatre.
  • 3 Euro-Suites Hotel, 501 Chestnut Ridge Road, +1 304 598-1000. Upscale "green" facility. Internet and breakfast are free.
  • 4 Hilton Garden Inn, 150 Suncrest Towne Center Drive, +1 304 225-9500. Affordable prices that include free Wi-Fi, workout facility, and indoor pool.
  • 6 Residence Inn Morgantown, 1046 Willowdale Rd. Full amenities directly across from Ruby Memorial Hospital and Milan Puskar Stadium.
  • 8 Quality Inn, 225 Comfort Inn Drive (Located off of 1-68 south of city, bus #3 stops nearby.), +1 304 296-9364. Free continental breakfast. Pets welcomed. Indoor hot tub and fitness center.

Learn[edit]

  • West Virginia University is home to more than 30,000 students. The annual tuition for residential students is about $5,500 versus an out-of-state student whose tuition is approximately $17,000. WVU has 13 colleges and schools offering over 190 degrees. There are three campuses within WVU: Downtown, Evansdale, and the Health Sciences. They also offer a study abroad program for students who are interested. The football and basketball teams promote a lot of school spirit to their fellow "mountaineers" when they are playing.

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