Valley Forge

We live less than 4 hours from Phili these days, so we decided to take advantage of a long weekend and see the sites for the first time. We started just outside the city at Valley Forge.

 

Valley Forge is a great place to spend the day.
Start at the visitors center and bookstore to learn about the area and history. You can tour the 10-mile Encampment by car like we did but, if you have the time and your group can handle it, I suggest seeing the sites by bike. There are plenty of walking and biking trails and the area is a gorgeous place explore.There is even a bike rental stall on-site that offers a two-hour guided tour of the park. Check the website for details.
Washington’s Headquarters
There are buildings and monuments to see throughout the encampment but some attractions, such as; Washington’s Headquarters and memorial chapel have operating hours. We were too late to tour the interiors of any of the buildings, so plan accordingly. Most are open daily into the evening and the park itself is open until sunset.

We loved exploring Valley Forge. These types of historical sites are great for squirrelly kids. We can spend time in the visitors center learning the history of the site and then spend time going at our own pace. Plus, the kids can be outdoors where they’re able to be active and maybe even a little loud.We only spent an afternoon at Valley Forge and we really wished we had more time to spend.Maybe it’s because we’re westerners but it is very cool to wander the same hills as our founding fathers and mothers did. History really does come alive.

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