If you’re looking for something to do in the Philadelphia area Valley Forge is just a short drive away.
Valley Forge is the site of the winter encampment of the continental army, during the American Revolution. The army was camped here for about 6 months.
There are quite a few different things to do and see at Valley Forge. The best part, entrance to the park is FREE.
To start your visit, I recommend going to the visitor center. At the visitor center, there are displays with information about the army and encampment.
The visitor center also has a prop so you can take a photo as General or Mrs. Washington, a gift shop and a video about Valley Forge and Washington’s Army.
Before you leave the visitor center, be sure to talk to a Ranger. The Ranger will be able to tell you if there are any road closures or special events. They will also give you a map and information about the free audio tour you can access through your phone.
At the visitor center, you can also get information about ranger tours, we decided to do the free self-guided auto tour.
After the visitor center our first stop was the encampment. We got out and explored the cabins.
Then we continued our drive passing some beautiful monuments. When we arrived at Washington’s headquarters we decided to get out.
We toured Washington’s house and quickly walked through the train station. We also stopped to listen to a storyteller. The storyteller did an amazing job telling us the story of a spy!
The last stop on our tour of Valley Forge was the Washington Memorial Chapel. The chapel was my favorite stop, the building is privately owned, but open for visitors. The interior of the building is beautiful.
Now that you have an idea of what you can see at Valley Forge here are a few tips for your visit.
Tips for visiting Valley Forge:
Bring a Phone Charger – The free audio tour is accessed by calling in so make sure you have a phone charger.
Bring Food/Snacks – There are not any restaurants or stores that you pass while touring, so make sure you at least have a few small snacks.
Wear Good Shoes – There is not as much walking here as there is at Gettysburg, but you will still walk quite a bit.
Bring Your Camera – Don’t forget to document your trip!
Have you visited Valley Forge? What Tips would you add?