Welcome to Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, where history meets excitement and adventure for visitors of every age. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or a foodie looking for a new culinary experience, Valley Forge and Montgomery County offer something special for everyone. 

 

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For Fun Summer Activities Go Outdoors

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The exterior of the National Memorial Arch

Valley Forge is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, making it an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Start your day with a hike along the scenic trails of Valley Forge National Historical Park, where lush forests and meandering paths lead to historic landmarks such as Washington's Headquarters and the iconic National Memorial Arch. For a more adrenaline-pumping experience, try mountain biking at nearby parks like Evansburg State Park or trails like the Schuylkill River Trail.

 

Cool off from the summer heat with a refreshing kayak or canoe trip along the serene waters of the Schuylkill River. Paddle past picturesque landscapes and keep an eye out for wildlife such as herons, turtles, and maybe even a bald eagle soaring above. Fishing enthusiasts will also find plenty of opportunities to cast their lines and reel in a big catch at one of the many local lakes and streams.

Valley Forge Summer Events and Festivals

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american revolutionary show

Summer in Valley Forge is known for vibrant festivals and events that showcase the region's rich culture and heritage. Don't miss out on opportunities like the American Revolution Show at the King of Prussia Town Center, where history comes alive with tongue-in-cheek laughs and daring performances. Held outdoors on May 18 and June 1, this engaging production follows the journey from Lexington to Yorktown, offering a family-friendly portrayal of America's founding. Plus, don't miss the opportunity to catch one of the three free special performances presented by the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board, including a bonus theater workshop led by Director Marc Frost and company on June 1.

 

Immerse yourself in the local arts scene at the Art in the Park Meet-Up series, held at Valley Forge National Historical Park once a month until November. Bring your own equipment and supplies and let your inner artist loose as you draw, sketch, paint, or snap photos with other artists.

 

Visit a local gallery to browse through a diverse selection of paintings, sculptures, and crafts created by talented local artists, or unleash your own creativity with hands-on workshops and interactive exhibits.

 

Or why not spend an evening taking in a carillon concert? The bells of the Washington Memorial Chapel fill the air with music every Wednesday in July and August. Starting at 7:30 p.m., the weekly carillon concerts feature musicians from around the world including the Netherlands, Belgium, and Australia.

Find Extreme Fun in Montgomery County

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For adrenaline junkies seeking an extra dose of excitement, the Norristown area offers a plethora of adventure sports activities to get your heart racing. Strap on a harness and conquer the treetop obstacle courses at Elmwood Park Zoo's Treetop Adventures, where ziplines, rope bridges, and Tarzan swings provide a thrilling aerial challenge for adventurers of all ages.

 

Experience the thrill of rock climbing at the Philadelphia Rock Gym Oaks, where indoor climbing walls offer a safe and exhilarating environment for climbers of all skill levels. If you prefer to stay closer to the ground, test your agility and balance on the ropes courses and bouldering walls at Reach Climbing and Fitness.

Discover New Galleries, Theaters, and Museums with the Montco Arts Pass

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Delve into Montgomery County's vibrant arts and culture scene with a visit to one of the region's many galleries and museums. Explore the rich history of the American Revolution at the museum at the Montgomery County Visitor Center located within Valley Forge National Historical Park, where immersive exhibits and interactive displays bring the past to life in vivid detail.

 

Discover the works of renowned local artists at the Exhibit B Gallery, where rotating exhibitions showcase a diverse range of artistic styles and mediums. Attend a live performance at the historic Keswick Theatre, where world-class musicians, comedians, and theatrical productions entertain audiences year-round.

 

The free mobile-friendly Arts Montco Pass will take you on a self-guided journey to more than 30 arts and culture locations throughout Montgomery County, including galleries and museums, music and theater venues, artist workshops, and more! Simply check in at each location to earn points and win prizes.

Affordable Fun Summer Activities for the Whole Family

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In Valley Forge and Montgomery County, families can delight in affordable summer fun with complimentary breakfasts, free parking, and an abundance of wallet-friendly activities, making sure your visit is a memorable and budget-conscious getaway.

 

Spend a day at Arnold's in Oaks. Try your hand at Go-kart racing, laser tag, and mini-golf. Or for a more educational experience, visit the Elmwood Park Zoo and experience wildlife conservation from around the world, zip lines and life-size lego models.

Indulge Your Inner Foodie

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Food at Farmer's Daughter

After all of that adventure, exploration and excitement, satisfy your appetite with a delicious meal at one of Montco’s top dining destinations. Indulge yourself in farm-to-table cuisine at The Farmer's Daughter, the freshest seasonal ingredients and locally sourced produce take center stage in mouthwatering dishes like grilled salmon with kale sprouts.

 

Treat yourself to a taste of Italy at Radice, they specialize in homemade pasta, wood-fired pizzas, and decadent desserts transporting diners to the heart of rustic Tuscany.

 

For a more laid-back dining experience, head to Flanigan’s Boathouse in Conshohocken, where hearty burgers, wings, and 30+ draft beers are served in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

Summer in Valley Forge is an Experience Like No Other

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From outdoor adventures and cultural experiences to family-friendly fun and culinary treats for every pallet, it’s not hard to find fun stuff to do in summer in Valley Forge and Montco. Steeped in our nation's proud history, blessed with natural beauty and friendly locals, Montgomery County is the ideal summer destination.