Valley Forge National Historical Park

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The history of the American Revolution is highlighted in textbooks throughout the world, but American history truly comes alive at Valley Forge National Historical Park. As the winter encampment of George Washington's Continental Army, the valley is filled with historical artifacts and relics. Within the park, a vast wealth of archeological and natural resources evoke the spirit of independence essential to American history. A visit to Valley Forge is a step back in time, and visitors will leave inspired.

More information on Valley Forge National Historical Park can be found at www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
Visitor center hours vary by season. Visit the park's website to see current operating hours.
  • Valley Forge Visitor Center: Hours vary seasonally. Open year round. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.
  • Washington's Headquarters: Hours vary seasonally. Open year round. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.
  • Train Station: Open 9 am to 5 pm daily March-December, weekends January-March. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.
  • Washington Memorial Chapel: Open 11 am to 5 pm Monday- Saturday and 12 pm to 5 pm Sunday. Open year round. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.
  • Varnum's Quarters: Open 12 pm to 4 pm on weekends, April through October.

Visiting Tips

Valley Forge National Historical Park is open 365 days a year, from 7 am until dark (1/2 hour after sunset). Please be aware that some services may be limited during the winter season. See the park's website for information on seasonal closures.

Fees & Passes:
There are no entrance fees for Valley Forge Historical Park. Annual National Parks passes can not be purchased at the park.

Camping & Lodging

There are no campgrounds or hotels within Valley Forge Historical Park, however, a Visitor Service Liaison is available to assist with making reservations in the Montgomery County area. Please call 610-783-1031 for more information.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Guided Tours:
There are a variety of tours available for visitors to partake in while visiting the park including ranger-led walking tours, Living History programs, bicycle tours, and private tours. These educational programs explore and expose the secrets and history of the area. Be sure to check the events calendar for current schedules and for more information on special events. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free and open to the public.

More information on all of the programs offered at Valley Forge National Historical Park can be found here.

Food & Drink

Dining in Valley Forge National Historic Park is available. There are various picnic areas that provide pleasant places to dine on packed lunches or snacks, and two snack shops provide local treats. The Encampment Store provides light refreshments and snacks, while the Cabin Shop specializes in homemade baked goods, treats, and gift baskets. In addition to the dining options within the park, greater Montgomery County has diverse dining options to choose from. More information about restaurants in the area can be found here.

After the Run: Local Favorites

Aroma Mediterranean and American Cuisine One of the best Arabic restaurants in USA
Black Powder Tavern Beer selection, convenient to VF Park. Solid American fare
Diane's Sidewalk Deli Great deli. Had the corned beef special and it was fabulous. Meat piled high on fresh rye bread with thousand island dressing and cole slaw. Mmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmm mmmmmmmm
Kabab Cafe Try the Koobideh platter! Very good.
267 E Swedesford Rd, Wayne PA — (610) 975-5850
Five Guys love ummmm
Panera Bread Love Panera, but this one was very dirty and disorganized :(
267 E Swedesford Rd, Wayne PA — (610) 688-4978
MOD Pizza Try to arrive a little early for lunch because it will fill up quickly. I've been at 1145 and that was perfect, and then at 130, perfect also.
289 E Swedesford Rd, Wayne PA — (484) 581-1235
Dunkin Doughnuts New, Friendly, clean
Uno Pizzeria & Grill Love the half off appetizers. All of them are really good! The whole place is nice and new. Make sure you get Stacey either as your server or bartender!!
106 Black Rock Rd, Oaks PA — (610) 539-8300
Oaks Italian Pizzeria & Deli Love their slices! Many different options!
Wawa Wawa rules. Period.
Buffalo Wild Wings Best place for wings. Hands down
Moe's Southwest Grill Burritos are excellent... and large. Nice choice at the salsa bar.
Chadwicks Kiss the mayor when you see her!
2750 Egypt Rd, Audubon PA — (610) 382-9300
G Lodge Restaurants The G Buster ROCKS!
Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar Been here several times. The first time was excellent. Inconsistent afterwards.The mojitos and chips/salsa are good. Same fish tacos prepped differently​ each visit. Not sure if we'll be back..
Mission BBQ Arrive early or late but it tends to get crowded. Lots of space and it moves fast, fortunately. The brisket is awesome, and the Mac and cheese is soooo good
honeygrow Healthy options. Good food. Be prepared to wait during workweek lunch due to popularity

Other Activities

Visitors to the Valley Forge National Historical Park can enjoy many of the activities that the park has to offer. Take your time on the various trails as they weave from one historical site to the next, and stop to listen to rangers giving talks about the Winter of 1777. Along the way, visitors may even have a chance to speak with a Continental Soldier to learn what life was like at the birth of the nation. With so many ways to experience the past, visitors will leave with a broadened perspective. For those looking for other ways to explore the park and surrounding area, check out MTB Project for some of the best rides in the area.
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