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Valley Forge

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Valley Forge is a historic site near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that was used as a military camp by the American Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. In 1976, the site became Valley Forge National Historical Park, which features historic structures, a visitor center, and original artifacts from the war that help to teach the public about the importance of Valley Forge. Other activities available within the park include hiking and cycling trails, bird watching, tours, and special activities for children and scouts.

Things to Do

  • Go for a family hike along the 19.5 miles of trails throughout the park! If you want to learn about history while you walk, consider the Joseph Plumb Martin Trail, which connects the park's most important historic sites.
  • If you're visiting with a little one who quickly tires of walking, consider taking the 90-minute guided trolley tour of Valley Forge.
  • Take your child to the Story Telling Benches, where they can learn about Valley Forge's role in the war while listening to exciting tales.

Valley Forge Insider Tips

  • Make sure to stop by the visitor center when you arrive in order to pick up a Junior Ranger Activity Booklet, which your child can complete during your visit in order to earn a badge.
  • If you prefer to explore historic sites at your own pace, consider doing the self-guided Encampment Tour Route, which allows you to enjoy the park's most exciting monuments and beautiful views.
  • Check out the National Park's calendar to learn about family-friendly events taking place during your visit.

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