The second-highest concentration of Democratic National Convention delegates is in historic, scenic and shop-tastic Montgomery County, Pa. In addition to the not-to-be-missed icons of Philadelphia, the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board is recommending a few treasures of its own:
Valley Forge National Historical Park
1000 North Outer Line Drive
King of Prussia
In December 1777, General George Washington led a weary Continental Army into winter quarters at the “forge in the valley,” now known as Valley Forge. Park personnel today preserve that history, as well as position the park as an oasis for nature lovers, fitness buffs (20 miles of trails), photographers and families. Valley Forge is celebrating dual honorifics in 2016: the centennial of the founding of the National Park Service and the 40th anniversary of its elevation from a state park to a federal one.
King of Prussia Mall
160 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia
Montgomery County is home to the largest shopping mall on the east coast, the King of Prussia Mall. With more than 400 stores, restaurants and kiosks spread across 2.3 million square feet of retail space, the Mall conveniently nestles many New York-level brands under one accessible roof. King of Prussia Mall is currently undergoing its eighth major expansion, adding another 50 stores and restaurants. Delegates can plan a return visit to see it in all its glitz and glory.
Throughout Montgomery County
Discover history like never before as you explore Patriot Trails, web-based Revolutionary War tours that take history buffs from Valley Forge to historic sites throughout Montgomery County. These customizable itineraries fit explorers who only have a half-day, as well as those interested in a deeper dive. The information is especially kid-friendly, with plenty of age-appropriate side trips along the way.
Elmwood Park Zoo
1661 Harding Boulevard
Get an up-close look at some of nature’s most curious creatures in the giraffe-feeding area, an unforgettable experience for children and parents, alike. The Zoo isn’t just for kids, either. The TreeTop Adventure Course is a challenging series of zipline and obstacles incorporated into the topography of the animal enclosures themselves. Yes, you will soar over a bison or two!
Bryn Athyn Historic District
1001 Cathedral Road
Bryn Athyn, PA
The three buildings that make up this National Historic Landmark feature some of the most beautiful architecture in the county. Glencairn Museum houses a global collection of religious artwork. Cairnwood Estate is the palatial mansion of John Pitcairn and is open for tours. The stunning Bryn Athyn Cathedral is the cornerstone of the New Church, an international Christian denomination.
United States Hot Air Balloon Team
1149 Glasgow Street
Stay an extra day and explore Montgomery County from high above on a ride with the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Company. Rides begin at the Pottstown Municipal Airport and the one-hour flights offer picturesque views of the Schulykill River, the Philadelphia skyline and Montgomery County’s towns and villages. Flights are offered early morning and late afternoon, making for spectacular sunrise/sunset pictures.
Spring Mountain Adventures
757 Spring Mount Rd
Spring Mountain Adventures is truly a year-round destination for family fun in Montgomery County. In summer adventure-seekers can take to the sky on Spring Mountain’s canopy tour, a zipline challenge course for adults and children age 10 and up.
Valley Forge Casino Resort
1160 First Ave
King of Prussia
Valley Forge Casino Resort is Montgomery County’s premier entertainment destination. Grab dinner and drinks at the Valley Tavern. Try your luck on the slot machines. Catch a show at the Music Fair. Or relax poolside at Valley Beach.
Philadelphia Premium Outlets
18 West Lightcap Road
The Philadelphia Premium Outlets open a door to a whole new shopping experience. The open-air mall features more than 150 of the top brands, all at discount prices up to 65 percent off every day. The daily savings are augmented by Pennsylvania’s absence of sales tax on clothing and shoes.
Montgomery County is gaining notoriety as a destination for food lovers of all cuisines and ethnic cooking styles. The popular farm-to-table trend, for example, is deep in our DNA; given the vitality of its agribusiness tradition, locals have been eating that way for centuries.
The following towns and boroughs are conveniently accessed, inviting for pedestrians and chock full of talented chefs presenting top-notch menus.
Conshohocken (a short drive between Valley Forge and Center City)
The name may look like a mouthful (Con-shi-HOCK-en), but as one of Montgomery County’s premier dining destination, it’s worth learning how to pronounce it for your cabbie, Lyft or Uber driver.
- Lucky Dog Saloon & Grille, 16 East 1st Avenue (American/Bar)
- Blackfish, 119 Fayette Street (Seafood)
- El Limon, 103 Fayette Street (Mexican)
- The StoneRose Restaurant, 822 Fayette Street (American/Bar)
- Bar Lucca, 729 East Hector Street (Italian)
If the name Ambler makes visitors think it’s inviting and walkable then this quaint borough is well-named.
- Bridget’s Steakhouse, 8 West Butler Avenue
- Dettera Wine Restaurant and Bar, 129 East Butler Avenue
- The Lucky Well, 111 East Butler Avenue
King of Prussia
Recommendable dining options in King of Prussia range from five-star sit-down to excellent counter-serve.
- Creed’s Seafood and Steaks, 499 N Gulph Road (Steaks/Seafood)
- Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, 180 E Dekalb Pike (Sushi)
- Ollo Fresh, 160 N Gulph Rd (Greek)
- Maggiano’s Little Italy, 205 Mall Boulevard (Italian)
Home to Hollywood’s Bradley Cooper and Adam Goldberg, Jenkintown’s restaurant scene reflects a broad palate.
- Argana Tree Restaurant, 620 Greenwood Ave (Moroccan, Mediterranean, Greek)
- Marzano Resturante, 309 York Rd (Italian)
- Flora, 307 York Rd (Vegan/Vegetarian)
- King’s Corner, 603 Summit Ave (British-style pub)
An eclectic Montgomery County community, Lansdale boasts both the peace and quiet of its bucolic setting with a welcoming and talented culinary scene.
- Stove and Tap, 329 West Main Street (American)
- Yanni’s Gyro, 213 West Main Street (Greek)
- Round Guys Brewing Company, 324 West Main Street (Brewery)
- Asian Legend, 844 West Main Street (Vietnamese)
This information was provided by Montgomery County tourism, see more related information here: valleyforge.org.