The rose gardens and the stone architecture of the fountain and walls are one of the main attractions at the Ritter Park Gardens. The gardens have been continuously maintained for the last 70 years or so. Parts of the garden have rose beds that have many generations of history while others are research beds for the improvement of the rose hardiness or beauty.
From the ads:
"The Rose Garden features many different types and colors of roses with names such as, "Queen Elisabeth," "Moonstone," and "St. Patrick" and the caretaker applies his specific care to all using mushroom compost soil, which helps hold the water best.
There are presntly over 2000 varieties of roses seen at the gardens."
Often there are wedding parties in the gardens having professional pictures taken so please do not disturb them.
There are trains running from Huntington to the New River Gorge area and Hinton, West Virginia two weekends each October to coincide with the fall foliage in the area, and also the New River Gorge Bridge Day. In 2009, the train will operate on October 17th and 18th, and again on October 24th and 25th. These trains are operated by the C.P. Huntington Railway Historical Society. The train departs the Huntington C&O Depot located at 935 7th Avenue , at 8:30 A.M. . You can now also board the train in St. Albans, and Montgomery. The train will return to Huntington sometime after 8:00 P.M.. There is no smoking or alcohol allowed on the train. Due to the lack of ramps at some of the trains stops, it is not easy for some disabled persons to take this tour. There are several pricing options available on the tour. In Coach. you do have access to concession areas aboard the train. Premium service is in a different type of train car. You have access to concession areas, plus have a continental breakfast available, and are served dinner on the return trip in a dining car. By the way, only service animals for the disabled are allowed on the train.
Ritter Park is a large park on the edge of Huntington whose most beautiful feature is its rose garden, which features dozens of varieties of beautiful rose bushes. It is open to the public and admission is free. The rose garden is a very pleasant place to spend a few minutes while in Huntington.
For a small city, Huntington has a very good art museum. The Huntington Museum of Art features a collection that was built up through donations of collections from area residents. As such, it is a bit eclectic, but of high quality. Highlights include collections of English silver, English paintings, American paintings, antique firearms, Middle Eastern ceramics, and decorative glassware. The museum also features traveling exhibits, which change throughout the year. In addition, a wing of the museum features a conservatory full of tropical plants, highlighted by numerous varieties of orchids.
Camden Park has 18 major rides. Traditional favorites; the Scrambler, the Tilt-A-Whirl, the Spider, Bumper Cars and the Paratrooper, a water ride; the West Virginia Logging Company Log Flume Ride, and two wooden roller coasters the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper. Our Haunted House is one of the last of its kind.
Children (48" & under)
Seniors (55 & older)
*Starlight (when park closes at 10:00pm)
Starlight (closes at 7:30pm)
Swan Lake (for 2 people for 20 min.)
I took my dau. Noel and my niece Tiffany during the easter break at school. We went because they had on exhibit some Egyptian artifacts and a real Mummy on loan from the NY Metropolitan Museum.
It was a great exhibit. We enjoyed the museum collections and the conservatory.
The Huntington Museum of Art is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed to the public Monday. Call (304) 529-2701 for more information.
The beginnings of the art collection at the Huntington Museum of Art occurred nearly fifty years ago with the substantial gift of Herbert Fitzpatrick, a prominent Huntington citizen who also donated the fifty acres of land upon which the Museum was built. His outstanding collection of paintings, prints, English silver and Islamic prayer rugs was soon augmented by other gifts of individual art collections, disparate in nature, but uniform in their high standards of quality. The Museum has continued to build upon the collecting blueprint that was established in its beginning stages, adding objects of comparable quality which enhance its ability to serve its audience.
Camden Park is small amusement park located just outside of Huntington, West Virginia. It is over 100 years old, and has about 25-30 rides, many of which are suitable for small children.