August is American Adventure Month, a 31-day opportunity to feel the wind in your hair, take a deep dive into our rich history, tempt your palate with a new taste or tackle a skill you never knew you could master.
With so many natural, historical, athletic and adrenaline-fueled experiences right here in Montgomery County, we can think of no better place to push your personal limits. Give one of these top-14 pulse-pounding experiences a shot.
RACE THE CLOCK
Work together to puzzle out a way out of one of four themed
rooms in the Escape
Room Mystery. But think fast. The clock is ticking, and those who take too
long run the risk of being entombed forever.
FLY, EAGLE, FLY
Experience the thrill of free-fall without that whole
jump-out-of-a-moving-plane piece. iFLY Indoor
Skydiving offers indoor flight, where adventurers from age eight to 80 can
soar on a column of air.
RACE FOR THE CHECKERED FLAG
Take those tight turns and jam the pedal to speed through
the straightaways. It's grand prix time at Arnold's
Family Fun Center, where racers can get behind the wheel of a go-kart for a
jolt of adrenaline.
HOOP IT UP
Playing "hoops" doesn't necessarily mean three pointers and
foul shots. Pennypacker
Mills' annual revival of "In the Good Old Summertime," August 6, includes
hoop-rolling, as well as a number of other nostalgic adventures in vintage
TAKE TO THE WATER
Montgomery County offers an array of opportunities for
boaters, kayakers and anyone who loves to get on the water. Rent a canoe or
kayak from Port
Providence Paddle to explore the Schuylkill River. Ride the pontoon boat at
Park. Take a guided canoe tour at the John
James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. Or explore our waterways on your own.
EXPLORE VALLEY FORGE
Discover the history of Valley
Forge National Historical Park as you walk, run or bike your way around
nearly 20 miles of interconnected trails. The 6.6-mile Joseph Plumb Martin
Trail passes many of the park's most iconic features, including the Muhlenberg
Brigade huts and United States National Memorial Arch.
LOG THE MILES
Nearly 90 miles of trails traverse Montgomery County,
offering extensive challenges for hikers and bikers. The Schuylkill River
Trail (SRT) connects Valley Forge Park
with Philadelphia, carving a path through Conshohocken
The 20-mile Perkiomen Trail connects Green Lane
Park to the SRT so that bikers can get even more cardio. And the Wissahickon
Trail connects Fort
Washington State Park to Philadelphia.
ZIP THE ZOO
Feel the rush of adrenaline as you fly through the treetops
on a ziplining adventure in Montgomery County. Get a birds-eye view of the Elmwood Park
Zoo at Treetop Adventure, a series of ziplines and rope challenges high
above the animals.
HAUL IN THE CATCH OF THE DAY
Wet a line and take aim for trout, catfish, walleye and more
in the rivers, streams and lakes of Montgomery County. Take your rod and reel
Forge National Historical Park for some of the best fishing in the area. Or
explore other fishing holes including Green Lane Reservoir, Deep Creek Lake,
Skippack Creek and the Perkiomen Creek.
Experience Montgomery County the same way George Washington
did more than 200 years ago: high in the saddle. Valley Forge
National Historical Park offers 17 miles of designated horse trails.
Another 15 miles of horse trails await at Evanburg
State Park, where the nearby guides at Red Buffalo Ranch offer seasonal
A MUNCHY LUNCH
Zoo is home to a pair of giraffes who, thanks to a new, heated barn, will
be living in Norristown year-round. Kids - and their parents - can have a
once-in-a-lifetime experience of hand feeding these gentle, impressive friends.
FIGHT YOUR WAY OUT OF A BUNKER
With more than 50
area courses, Montgomery County is a haven for golfers. Our courses have
gained national recognition in the pages of Golf Digest, and have hosted
some of golf's biggest events, including the 2013 U.S. Open (Merion Golf Club)
and the 2015 Professional National Championship (Philadelphia Cricket Club).
Grab your sticks and challenge a fine fairway.
TRAIN FOR EXPLORATION
Railroad sends passengers on a nine-mile rail excursion through some of the
most picturesque open space in all Montgomery County. This is a terrific summer
recommendable; once the cars get under the lush canopy of trees, the air
temperature drops to a noticeably cool level, even on the hottest of
ROCK YOUR WORLD
Philadelphia Rock Gym,
Oaks, invites climbers - both veteran and novice - to pit their strength and
nerve against a 33-foot-high wall studded with hand- and foot-holds. There are
multiple routes to the top, meaning there's plenty of challenge for every
Whew! All that adventure calls for a healthy dose of cool-down. Where better than in an area hotel or B&B, especially one with a pool. Visit our website and check out our recommended accommodations for a full weekend getaway.