FAQ

Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, contain a wealth of treasures to open up to you, whether you're here for a family vacation, a heartfelt reunion, a joyous celebration or a business trip or conference.

We at the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board are here to make your time as pleasant as possible. The following information will help you navigate your way from each of our outstanding intra-county destinations to the next. It will also provide some "insider" background, to ensure you're as comfortable with our area as the locals are.

Enjoy exploring your freedom here.

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Location and Logistics

• Montgomery County is in the southeast part of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. The county seat, Norristown, is 20 miles west of the City of Philadelphia. The county covers a total of 487sqmi (1,261km2).

• The exact source of its name has been lost to history. The most common explanations cite:

• A Revolutionary War hero, Richard Montgomery

• The Welsh county of Montgomeryshire (named after one of William the Conqueror's main counselors, Roger de Montgomerie)

• Montgomery County, affectionately known as "Montco," is the third most densely populated county in the state, behind Philadelphia and Allegheny Counties.

• According to a 2010 nationwide measure of median household income, it is the 51st wealthiest U.S. county. In 2008, it was named the 9th Best Place to Raise a Family by Forbes Magazine.

• Montgomery County is in the Eastern Time zone.

• The average temperature of Montgomery County is 51.97°F, which is higher than the Pennsylvania average temperature of 49.80°F and is lower than the national average temperature of 54.45°F.

• Montgomery County experiences a typical Northeast climate. Summers are hot, with highs averaging in the mid- to high-80sF and occasional spikes warmer than that. Spring and fall are pleasant, with highs usually hovering around 60°F, and lows being in the high 40sF. Winters are cold, with highs averaging in the mid-30sF and lows in the high teens. Cold snaps below that are rare but do occur.

• The area is well served by major transportation routes: highway (Pennsylvania Turnpike), rail (Amtrak 30th Street Station), bus and public transportation (The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority [SEPTA]) and air (Philadelphia International Airport). For directions to our various locations, click here .

• More information about Montgomery County is available here.

King of Prussia Mall

Location and Logistics

King of Prussia Mall, the largest retail space in the U.S., had its humble beginnings as an outdoor shopping center with supermarket as an anchor. Since that 1963 debut, the mall has grown in scope and size, now serving as a destination for 25 million visitors per year, four million of them arriving in the November-December timeframe alone. They come to enjoy the experience of shopping for fashion's most famous designers and established brands, all under one roof.

• The address of King of Prussia Mall is 160 N Gulph Road, King of Prussia, Pa. 19406-2937

• King of Prussia Mall is about 25 miles northwest of Philadelphia.At the junction of Routes 202, 76, 422 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, King of Prussia is easilyaccessible.

• A SEPTA Transit Station is located at the Plaza at King of Prussia next to JCPenney, serving Bus routes 92, 99,123, 124, 125, & 139. Transit passes for Zone 3 and Independence Passes may be purchased at Guest Services. Public transportation is available to the mall, including rail service from Philadelphia, ending at the Norristown Transportation Center and transferring to a new shuttle, The Connector.

• The mall features more than 400 stores and dining options spread across three separate food courts, offering the full range of menu options, from sit down to quick service.

• Who was the King of Prussia? He was Frederick the Great, who reigned in Prussia, a former Germanic state, from 1740-1746. The King of Prussia area was originally called "Reeseville," after a prominent family who operated a tavern. The tavern began to be known as the King of Prussia Inn (perhaps in recognition of Frederick's honor of General Washington during the Revolutionary War, perhaps as an enticement for Washington's Prussian troops to visit frequently), and the town's name soon followed.

• A mall map is available here

Other Options

• The money-saving headquarters that is Philadelphia Premium Outlets is a collection of designer retailers in an outdoor (but weather-protected) setting. Designer clothing, jewelry, shoes, accessories and personal-care products are 25-65percent off every day. Combine those bargains with Pennsylvania's tax-free shopping on shoes and clothing, and the potential for savings becomes significant.

• A map is available here.

• Montgomery County has a number of interesting main streets and other shopping venues:

Suburban Square

Skippack Village

Plymouth Meeting Mall

Montgomery Mall

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Location and Logistics

• The address of Valley Forge National Historical Park is 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, PA 19406

• The exit from the Pennsylvania Turnpike is 326. Public transportation is available to the park, including rail service from Philadelphia, ending at the Norristown Transportation Center and transferring to a new shuttle, The Connector.

• There is no admission charged for enjoying Valley Forge National Historical Park.

• Because entry to the grounds of Valley Forge is free, the federal program associated with the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series is not applicable. Therefore, these passes are not available for sale at Valley Forge.

• You are welcome to experience the natural beauty and historical significance of the park on your own. If, however, you desire a guided tour (walking, driving, trolley, bicycle, etc.), fees are associated these options.

• The park hours are generally 7 a.m. to one half hour after sunset. The Visitor Center is open 9 a.m to 5 p.m., with a closure of 6 p.m. from late June to late August. The Visitor Center is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Tour Options

• There are many different ways to explore the park:

• Self-guided driving tour CD: $14.95

• Ranger-led walking tours (seasonal). No charge.

• Storytelling benches, led by Historic Philadelphia's Once upon a Nation (Visitor Center and Washington's Headquarters; May-October; times and days vary). No charge.

• Tours at Washington's Headquarters. No charge

• 90-minute trolley tours (seasonal). Adults: $16.50; seniors, students and active military (with valid identification): $13.50, children 11 and under: $8.50

• Cell phone tours. No charge

• Bicycle tours each summer. $10 per person, bike rental $15 per person

• Begin your Park visit in The Encampment Store within the Visitor Center to discover all touring options.

Public Events

• The calendar of Valley Forge National Historical Park offers numerous opportunities to experience its history first-hand. With equal doses of engagement and information, its significance is underscored for visitors whether they're coming for the first time or the one-hundredth.

• Yearly events include:

• Opportunities for kids to "join" the Continental Army 

• Friends of Valley Forge Speaker Series

• Martin Luther King Day of Service

• Washington's Birthday

• National Junior Ranger Day

• Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run®

• March In/March Out of the Continental Army

• July 4 Community Picnic in the Park

• Veterans Day Celebration

Private Events

• The vast space of Valley Forge National Historical Park can provide a one-of-a-kind experience for special, private gatherings such as weddings, reunions or picnics.

• A special-use permit (SUP) is required, even for individual activities such as private photo shoots. Requests are requested at least 30 days in advance to allow for processing.

• More information on reserving park assets for private use is available here.

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

Location and Logistics

• The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, which runs a robust series of yearly consumer-oriented shows festivals and sports tournaments, is located at 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA 19456

• Please note: Some GPS positioning systems struggle with the locale. While the center tries to resolve the issue with the U.S. Postal Service and various map-guidance software providers, GPS users can use an alternate address - 1601 Egypt Road, Phoenixville, Pa. 19460 (Upper Providence Township) - to get within a close proximity of the Expo Center and follow the signs from there.

• Using public transportation, the SEPTA bus line 99 stops in the Expo parking lot.

Valley Forge Casino Resort

Location and Logistics

• Area nightlife was kicked up a notch in March 2012 with the opening of the Valley Forge Casino Resort, which brought with it numerous options for dining, entertainment, concert appearances and events, as well as the excitement of gaming.

• The casino's address is 1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia, Pa. 19406

• The casino's floor is alive with 600 slot machines and 50 table games: 23 blackjack tables, four craps tables, four roulette tables and other assorted carnival games. Hotel options include The Casino Tower and the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge.

• Exhibit space of more than 100,000 square feet (300m2) is available the site (combination of the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge and the Convention Center at Valley Forge Casino Resort). For a full list of events, see the casino calendar.

• The casino is open to the public; however, access to the gaming floor has the following requirements:

• Daily visitors to the resort can access the casino floor after spending $10 or more at any of the seven exciting new restaurants, five new bars, two retail outlets or various other locations throughout the property. 

• Patrons can gain access to the casino floor while they are attending a meeting, convention, banquet, conference, wedding or other event at the resort, and for a 24-hour period after the event ends.

• Registered overnight guests can access the casino during their stay at one of Valley Forge Casino Resort's two hotels and until 11:59 p.m. on the day they check out.  

• Guests also may purchase a dining or entertainment membership. Membership benefits include free dining, discount entertainment tickets and invitations to exclusive events. Seasonal memberships can be purchased for shorter terms.

Additional Highlights

Hotels and Accommodations

• Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, has 8,400 hotel rooms to serve you, offering the full range of experiences from intimate B&Bs to luxury suites. The friendly professionals who staff them will treat you royally, whether you're staying one night or an entire month. See our list of recommended accommodations here

• Hotel reservations countywide can be made here.

• For visitors needing accommodations for the full extended family, several sites are pet-friendly:

Hyatt House Plymouth Meeting

Hyatt House King of Prussia

Hyatt Place

• Motel 6

Homewood Suites Valley Forge

Sheraton Valley Forge

• Staybridge Suites Royersford

Staybridge Suites Montgomeryville

Sheraton Great Valley

Comfort Inn & Suites Pottstown

• Quality Inn - Pottstown

• Holiday Inn - Lansdale

Desmond Hotel

History, beyond Valley Forge Park

• We are extremely fond of our national historical park and the role it played in our formation as a country, but it is not our only claim to fame as far as lasting legacies go:

John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove

Pennypacker Mills

Peter Wentz Farmstead

Pottsgrove Manor

American Treasure Tour

Joseph Ambler Inn

• Morgan Log House

• Selma Mansion

• Highlands Mansion and Gardens

Chanticleer Estate and Gardens

• Historic Waynesboro House

Fort Washington State Park

• William Penn Inn

• Elkins Estate

• Beth Sholom Synagogue

Mennonite Heritage Center

• Sunnybrook Ballroom

• The Antes Plantation

Bryn Athyn Historic District

Harold F. Pitcairn Wings of Freedom Museum

Kid-Friendly

• Sure, our destination - with its mall and casino - sound appealing to adults. But are there things to keep the youngsters engaged? Absolutely:

The Franklin Institute

Constitutional Walking Tour

Dave and Busters

National Constitution Center

The Stoogeum

Spring Mountain Adventures

Sky Zone

BounceU

Arnold's Family Fun Center

Other Helpful Details

The following table can help you find a medical facility near some of our most visited locations:

Site

Hospital

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Paoli Hospital, 255 W Lancaster Ave., Paoli, Pa
(484) 565-1000

King of Prussia Mall

Mercy Suburban Hospital, 2701 Dekalb Pike
Norristown, Pa
(610) 272-0190

Plymouth Meeting Mall, Peter Wentz Farmstead, Skippack Village

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, 559 W Germantown Pike, Norristown, Pa

(800) 346-7834

Ambler, Jenkintown, Bryn Athyn Historical District

Abington Memorial Hospital, 250 N Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, Pa

(215) 643-6333

Pottsgrove Manor, Schwenksville, Spring Mountain, Pennypacker Mills

Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, 1600 East High St., Pottstown, Pa 19464

(610) 327-7000

Lansdale, Souderton, Harleysville, Green Lane

Abington Health-Lansdale Hospital, 902 N Broad St Lansdale, Pa

(215) 647-9690

Nearby postal facilities include:

King of Prussia  620 Allendale Rd, Ste 125, King of Prussia

Abington  1925 Keith Rd, Abington

Skippack  3801 Skippack Pike, Skippack

Spring Mount  1204 N Gravel Pike, Zieglerville

Willow Grove  611 Easton Rd, Willow Grove

Horsham  600 Enterprise Rd, Horsham

Plymouth Meeting  26 E Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

Pottstown  770 E High St, Pottstown

Lansdale  20 Vine St, Lansdale

Norristown 28 E Airy St. Norristown

Bryn Athyn 999 Fetters Mill Rd, Bryn Athyn

The Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Visitor Center is located within Valley Forge National Historical Park

• Address: 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, Pa. 19406

• Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

• Summer hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from mid-June to late-August

• Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day

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610.834.1550
info@valleyforge.org

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866.838.4748

Conventions & Group Tours

800.441.3549

Membership Services

610.834.7961

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