FREE THINGS TO DO
Montgomery County, Where Freedom Means Free
They say the best things in life are free, and we agree. There are plenty of things to do, see, experience and discover in Valley Forge and Montgomery County that require no payment at all. Here are a few of our favorites:
VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
Valley Forge National Historical Park is one of the few destinations within the National Park Service that, on a year-round basis, charge no admission fee at all. Visit the park's icons (the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts, Washington Memorial Arch and Washington's Headquarters), walk its picturesque trails and interact with its steady rotation of reenactors without ever reaching for your wallet.
PERSONAL SHOPPER SERVICE
Whether you're looking for a style overhaul or just searching for something new, the King of Prussia Mall's Personal Shopper Service is perfect for you, and it's absolutely free. The Mall's style expert will hand-select outfits for you and help you craft a new look.
ABINGTON ART CENTER
Abington Art Center makes the arts accessible to Montgomery County residents and visitors by offering free admission to both the sculpture park and its four gallery spaces.
Asher's Chocolates makes a free show out of its candy-making process. Visitors can press their noses against the glass and watch the conveyor belts transport pretzels into a curtain of falling chocolate, from which they emerge as sweet-and-salty morsels. The retail store sells candy and gifts but also includes broken chocolate pieces that can be sampled for free.
The threads of historic German culture, still woven deeply into our Montgomery County fabric, are displayed in interactive and engaging ways at The Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center. The center charges no admission (but free-will offerings are welcome), making its ongoing presentation of art, literature, science, architecture and faith-based expression a non-budget busting visit.
MEDAL OF HONOR GROVE
While Valley Forge National Historical Park is dedicated to the story of the American Revolution, another nearby attraction honors all of our nation's heroes. The Medal of Honor Grove, on the grounds of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, memorializes Medal of Honor recipients from throughout American military history. Admission to the 52-acre site is always free.
SLY FOX BREWERY TOURS
Sly Fox Brewing Company is one of the area's top microbreweries, and they open the doors to the public every Sunday for free brewery tours. See how the barley and hops are transformed into Sly Fox's signature brews. Reservations are required. Tours begin at 2 and 4 p.m.
Nearly 60 miles of trails traverse Montgomery County, offering endless challenges for hikers and bikers to explore the Philadelphia suburbs and countryside. The Schuylkill River Trail connects Valley Forge Park with Philadelphia, carving a path through Conshohocken and Norristown. The 20-mile Perkiomen Trail connects Green Lane Park to the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. And the Wissahickon Trail connects Fort Washington State Park to Philadelphia.
An added bonus when travelling around Montgomery County is the abundance of free parking. All of our hotels offer complimentary overnight parking on their lots.
In addition, you can find free parking in many of our downtown areas:
Ambler - Free parking weekdays from 12 noon to 2 p.m.; daily after 6 p.m.; and all day Sunday.
Ardmore - Free parking weekdays and Saturdays after 6 p.m. and all-day Sunday.
Jenkintown - Free parking at the public library with no time limit.
Skippack - Always free.