In Huntington, West Virginia, you can nuzzle up to a kissing llama. Celebrate Appalachian Heritage in a variety of historic museums. Tour a hand-blown glass factory. Ride a wooden coaster at a 100 year-old amusement park. Catch a show, have a great meal, and visit unique shops. Here you can soothe your soul and liberate your spirit in this Appalachian town, nestled along the magnificent Ohio River. Huntington is “Where Heritage Comes Alive!”
Huntington, the western gateway to West Virginia, has a rich history of river and rail. It was founded by railroad tycoon Collis P. Huntington and is known for having the largest inland port in the United States. Today it is a diverse city with wide appeal, recently named a Certified Arts Community.
Numerous museums are located here, including the Huntington Museum of Art, J. Taylor Auto Museum, Touma Medical Museum, Museum of Radio and Technology, Marshall University Special Collections Museum, and Heritage Farm Museum, which is the only Smithsonian Affiliate in West Virginia.
The only amusement park in the state is also located here. Camden Park is a throwback to fun days on the midway and is home to one of the few remaining wooden coasters in the country. The city also boasts the largest indoor mall in the state and one of the few remaining glass factories, Blenko Glass. Ritter Park, one of the city’s many parks, is home to an award-winning Rose Garden.
Huntington is also home to Marshall University. The film “We Are Marshall” was filmed here and relates the tragic story of the MU football team, killed in a plane crash in 1970. Visitors can view the Memorial Fountain on campus that stands as a reminder of the resilient University and community that had to rebuild their lives afterward.
For more information, visit www.VisitHuntingtonWV.org. Come see us!