Due to the overwhelming amount of things to do in Charleston and the surrounding area, we want to offer you the option of selecting what you want to see and do. Below is a list of things, some within walking distance of the hotel and others a little further away. Please do not hesitate to ask us if you have any questions. Enjoy your time in West Virginia!
Tuesday, June 5th
Transportation will be included to and from the ACE Adventure Resort where you can participate in 1 of 4 options. Tuesday around 12:30pm participants will load onto buses from the Marriott hotel to travel down to ACE for the afternoon. Activities will finish up around 6:00pm. Participants may elect to drive down themselves and meet the bus group. Option prices include the chosen activity fee, resort fee, taxes, and transportation.
The deadline for reservations on these trips is March 30th. Depending on availability, additional reservations may be accepted after this initial deadline.
1. Half Day (4 hours) Whitewater Rafting – $85/person
The Lower New River is a whitewater roller coaster ride of towering, crashing waves. With rapids, including thumpers like The Keeney Brothers, Upper and Lower Railroad, Greyhound Bus-Stopper, and Double-Z, the Lower New offers enough thrills and adventure for any enthusiast. Known as “The Grand Canyon of the East”, the New River is of the oldest rivers in the world and winds through the 1,000-foot deep gorge at over a mile. With up to 6 people in a raft, plus a guide, you get to enjoy the scenery and all the rapids of a full day trip in half the time.
Minimum Age: 12 years old
2. Zip Lining / Air Obstacle Course – $75/person
Tour the treetops of West Virginia with a bird’s eye view of the New River Gorge. This course includes sky bridges and numerous zip lines to fly through the trees like superman throughout the course.
Minimum Weight Limit: 70 lbs Maximum Weight Limit: 250 lbs
3. Half Day Water Wonderland Park – $20/person
- 40′ tall Wet Willie Waterslide
- Tower Zip Line
- Two giant waterslides
- 50 Huge inflatable toys: 25′ Climbing Mountain, Giant Spinning Saturn Balls, SeeSaws, Obstacle Course
- Volleyball and Tetherball
- Giant chess board
- Hiking and biking trails
- “Dry” Climbing Tower
4. Bus Ride Ticket Only – $10/person
Participants can ride down to resort to just hang out, eat at the onsite restaurant, and/or choose other activities – Trail hiking and disc golf are free activities, bike rentals are available for trail riding, and other activities such as rock climbing would be additional fees paid directly to ACE. These additional fee activities should be set up in advance and booked through ACE Adventure (AFTE host committee will not be responsible for booking these extra activities).
As West Virginia’s capital city, Charleston’s biggest attraction is the state Capitol. The state Capitol was constructed in three stages, between 1924 - 1932, and dedicated on the state's 69th birthday on June 20, 1932. Its dome is modeled after the U.S. Capitol dome, though it’s actually five feet taller, and is gilded in 23½ carat gold.
Completed in 1925, this home has welcomed national and global dignitaries, ambassadors, public officials and corporate leaders. Notable features are the reception foyer's glistening checkerboard floor made with black Belgium and white Tennessee marble, the drawing room wall panels decoratively painted using a trompe l'oeil (literal translation is "trick of the eye") technique to create the illusion of raised center panels and panel gram molding, and the ballroom's classic white marble mantel, from an old Irish castle.
Culture Center and State Museum
Located on the state Capitol grounds, the Culture Center includes the interactive West Virginia State Museum, archives, two libraries and the state theater.
*Self guided tours can be taken at the State Capitol and State Museum.
*30 minute guided tours of the State Capitol and Governor’s Mansion are available by reservation. Please call 304-558-4839 to book your reservation. Tour hours are Monday through Friday 9:00am – 3:00pm. Tours are FREE of charge.
*Transportation Options: Hotel Shuttle (Free), Trolley ($1.50), or cab/Uber
Capitol Market is a charming, restored turn-of-the-century freight station from the 1800's. The Capitol Market promotes and sells the products from West Virginia farmers, growers, and specialty retailers. The indoor market features a variety of specialty shops, a tempting selection of lunch options, tasty treats and indulgences, literary delights, a healthy sampling of West Virginia specialties...everything from fresh simple food fare to gourmet pleasures and a fine Italian restaurant.
*Transportation Options: 15 minute walk, Hotel Shuttle (Free), Trolley ($1.50), or cab/Uber
The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, a 240,000 square foot structure, houses performing arts, visual arts and sciences under one roof – one of the few of its kind in the country. The facility is home to the Clay Center’s Avampato Discovery Museum, the Juliet Art Museum and the Maier Foundation Performance Hall, home of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
The Avampato Discovery Children’s Museum houses two floors of hands-on discovery exhibits featuring more than 12,000 square feet of non-stop fun. Exhibits include the Inventor’s Lab, WaterWorks, The Maier Foundation Music Studio, and Healthy Me.Check out real life exploration in My Town and climb to new heights on Ashton’s Climbing Sculpture!
The Digital Dome offers planetarium shows using state-of-the-art technology in the Clay Center's newly renovated Digital Dome. Watch the cosmos come to life with live looks at the night sky combined with new shows that will open your eyes to the science of the stars.
*Transportation Options: 13 minute walk, Hotel Shuttle (Free), Trolley ($1.50), or cab/Uber
Moses Live on the Levee is an outdoor concert series presented by the City of Charleston, WV located at the Haddad Riverfront Park. Live on the Levee will take place every Friday afternoon from May 26, 2017 – September 1, 2017. Music starts at 6:30pm with the headliner starting at 7:30pm. Entry starts at 5:00pm and will end around 9:30pm. Domestic Beer and Wine will be on sale as well as multiple food vendors.
Admission to this fantastic event is free of charge!
*Transportation Options: 10 minute walk, Hotel Shuttle (Free), or cab/Uber
Tour the underground mine, visit the Coal Camp, the Museum and the Gift Shop stocked with West Virginia items & freshly made fudge in a variety of flavors. The hands-on exhibitions and underground coal mining tour offer wonderful opportunities for our visitors to learn, explore, interact and share. At the Exhibition Coal Mine, one can ride through the dark passages of a vintage coal mine. The guides are veteran miners and provide firsthand accounts of the daily responsibilities and travail of past and present day miners. In addition to the Mine, one can tour the period coal camp buildings situated throughout the grounds. Lovingly restored, the Coal Company House, Superintendent’s Home, Pemberton Coal Camp Church, and the Helen Coal Camp School, give visitors a true representation of early 20th century coal camp life.