Stretch out on the Sand
It's about 90 miles from Valley Forge to Atlantic City, NJ, but there's a beach much closer. Check out the new Valley Beach Poolside Club at Valley Forge Casino Resort. Not only are the chairs plentiful, there's also a pristine pool, comfy cabanas, and plenty of drinks, music and food.
Spend Some Quarters at the Arcade
Boardwalks certainly have their appeal with the kids, who love the small rides and the video games. Arnold's Family Fun Center offers just as much pint-sized adventure, plus the added bonus of bowling, laser tag and go-karts. Dave & Busters - Plymouth Meeting also features a wide variety of popular arcade-style games, which can be enjoyed along with a pretty impressive variety of burgers.
Play a Round of Mini-Golf
It's not a shore vacation unless you, at some point, face a challenging green on the far side of a spinning windmill. But Montco has its share of engaging mini-golf options, including Waltz Golf Farm (part of Turtle Creek Golf Course) in Limerick, Manatawny Green in Pottstown and Freddy's Family Fun Center in Lansdale.
Savor Signature Sweets
Those waxy squares of chocolate that pass for fudge at the shore don't hold a candle to the rich treats available in Valley Forge and Montgomery County. For a real taste of vacation, try Bridge Street Chocolate's sea salt caramel fudge. If you're looking for salt water taffy, head to Stutz Candy Shop in Hatboro where they are also dipping it in chocolate.
Jump in the Water
Beachside water parks do a brisk business in the summer, attracting families looking for a little wild with their wet. The Hatfield Aquatic Center - where a day pass can be bought - has its own "lazy river" and array of water slides.
For an adventure on top of the water - as opposed to in it - set sail for Green Lane Park. Paddleboards, canoes, kayaks and even a pontoon boat are all options for cool, summertime aquatic exploration.
Dine on Fresh Seafood
You don't need a beach to enjoy fresh seafood. Stay local and enjoy seafood entrées served upscale style (at Creed's Seafood & Steaks in King of Prussia, for example, or Shell Fish Sue in Lansdale) or casually (at Joe's Crab Shack and Legal Sea Foods, both in King of Prussia).
Ride a Vintage Carousel
For an interesting, local "spin" on the classic merry-go-round, take your kids to the carousel at Willow Grove Park Mall. The Mall was built on the site of a bygone amusement park, and the carousel was built to mirror the popular ride in the park. The Plymouth Meeting Mall also boasts a unique version of the classic ride. It's double-decker, where riders can ride on either one of two levels.
Try Your Luck
Since its opening in 2012, the Valley Forge Casino Resort has eclipsed many of its New Jersey counterparts for style, amenities, entertainment, food and service. Find out why a night of excitement doesn't have to begin with a trek on the Atlantic City Expressway. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER.
Go Out For a Hot Breakfast
A true sign of being on vacation is the chance to sleep late, saunter into a local eatery and enjoy a heaping stack of pancakes or a fluffy omelet. Montco's breakfast nooks make this vacation treat possible any day of the week. Three local favorites are Annamarie's Place in Royersford, Jenkintown's West Avenue Grille, and the Village Diner in Glenside.