Home to rich history, outdoor activities, world-class shopping, lush countryside and exciting cultural venues, Valley Forge is a wonderful place for a leisure visit. But don't let its visitor-friendly atmosphere fool you – Valley Forge is also a fantastic meeting and convention locale. Valley Forge is located just 18 miles west of downtown Philadelphia and sits at the crossroads of four major interstate highways. Valley Forge, set in the midst of natural beauty, as well as a heavily corporate area, bursts with a variety of unique meeting and event facilities, and is home to the Valley Forge Convention Center and Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.
Getting to Valley Forge is easy, as its located just 30 minutes outside of Philadelphia International Airport. In operation since 1940, Philadelphia International has been ranked the 9th-busiest airport in the world, providing daily departures to more than 120 domestic and international destinations. The airport serves as the international hub for US Airways, providing nonstop flights to Canada, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. Valley Forge is also served by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) bus system, providing direct access to King of Prussia and Center City Philadelphia.
Featuring more than 100,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space, the Valley Forge Convention Center, soon to be the Valley Forge Casino resort, offers 488 newly renovated guest rooms, as well as three on-site restaurants, a nightclub and a 3,000-square-foot health and fitness center. The Valley Forge Casino resort will feature a 40,000-square-foot gaming floor with 50 table games and 600 slot machines.
One of the most popular Valley Forge attractions, the Valley Forge National Historical Park, is the historic site of the Continental Army's pivotal 1777-1778 winter encampment. Today, it features replica soldier huts, monuments, a visitor center and an educational theater. Other unique venues include the 1,300-seat Keswick Theatre, a renovated 1928 Vaudeville house; as well as the Abington Art Center, home to contemporary galleries and a nationally recognized sculpture garden.
In between meetings and group events, business travelers can visit the expansive King of Prussia Mall, located less than a mile from the Valley Forge Convention Center. The three-million-square-foot King of Prussia Mall is the nation's largest shopping complex, large enough to accommodate five of the Great Pyramids.
A fantastic destination for both vacation and business travel, Valley Forge offers the very best in outdoor recreation, history, retail and the arts. While Valley Forge is a corporate region, it's also one full of natural beauty. In fact, the Valley Forge area is home to the largest concentration of public gardens and arboreta in North America. Valley Forge also boasts 40 public golf courses, plenty of opportunities for kayaking, boating and fishing and 55 miles of biking trails; in fact, Valley Forge is connected to Center City Philadelphia via the Schuylkill River Trail.
Recreational attractions in the Valley Forge region include Spring Mountain Adventures, a year-round outdoor center offering skiing, snowboarding, zipline canopy tours, rock climbing and geo-caching. For a more relaxing outdoor experience, visitors flock to the internationally recognized Longwood Gardens, located just 30 miles outside of Valley Forge. Longwood Gardens is a 1,050-acre oasis of gardens, woodlands and meadows, as well as four-acre main conservatory. Visitors can also stroll through the 16-acre Elmwood Park Zoo, home to one of the largest open-air bald eagle exhibits in the country. The zoo features more than 300 North and South American animals in a park-like setting, and features a new indoor butterfly garden.
Valley Forge's foundation is set upon its rich history. The area is the site of George Washington's 1777-1778 winter encampment and many of the region's attractions celebrate its Revolutionary significance. Valley Forge also recognizes its rich artistic heritage through such attractions as the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. The center, located at the former home of the famous French artist and naturalist, known for his revolutionary painting style and lifelike depiction of wildlife. Another Valley Forge artistic site, the Wharton Esherick Museum, is the hilltop studio and residence of the craftsman artist, known for his non-traditional designs.
Dining venues in Valley Forge include the cozy Creed's Seafood & Steaks, serving delicious American fare and an extensive wine list in an elegant interior. The Valley Forge area also serves as a location for several high-end restaurant chains that include Seasons 52 and its seasonally inspired cuisine. Morton's Steakhouse and The Capital Grille specialize in USDA prime-aged beef and the freshest seafood.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Summers tend to be hot and humid, particularly during July and August; fall and spring bring mild temperatures; and winters are fairly cold. The coldest month is January, when the overnight average temperature hovers around 25°F, while the warmest month is July, with an average daytime temperature of 85°F.
Winters bring varying amounts of snow, with an average annual snowfall of around 21 inches. Precipitation is generally evenly spread throughout the year, with an annual average of 41 inches. September is the wettest month with an average of four inches of rain. February is the driest month with an average of two inches of rain. The spring months of April and May, as well as the fall months of September and October, all have average temperatures in the 60s and 70s, ideal weather for visiting.
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, in Oaks, is one of the largest suburban exhibition centers on the East Coast with up to 220,000 square feet of contiguous exhibition space. Wi-Fi is available and more than 5,000 free parking spaces are on site. Cooperative media and pr services are offered to all Expo Center events by "15 Minutes" Inc., the region's top event marketing agency.
Valley Forge Casino Resort
Nestled in the heart of Valley Forge and only 18 miles outside of Philadelphia, the Valley Forge Convention Center features more than 100,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space. The facility features 488 newly renovated guest rooms in the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge and Scanticon Hotel and Conference Center, three on-site restaurants, a nightclub and a 3,000-square-foot health and fitness center. The new Valley Forge Casino Resort will feature a 40,000-square-foot gaming floor with 50 table games and 600 slot machines. The convention center overlooks the rolling hillsides of the historic and beautiful 3,500-acre Valley Forge National Historical Park. Additional amenities include audio-visual and catering services, as well as 2,500 free parking spaces, onsite Budget car rental and airport shuttle service.
Visitors to Valley Forge can utilize the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) bus system. As the nation's fifth-largest public transportation system, SEPTA offers bus, subway and trolley services throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding region. Valley Forge is serviced by Septa's bus system, including routes 123, 124 and 125, providing access to King of Prussia and Center City Philadelphia. SEPTA offers a number of fare options by transportation zone.
Visitors to Valley Forge can access Amtrak service at Philadelphia's historic 30th Street Station, located 17 miles outside of Valley Forge. As the second busiest train station in the northeastern United States and host to more than 25,000 commuters daily, the 30th Street Station services nine major routes, including the Pennsylvanian, Acela Express, Cardinal/Hoosier State, Keystone, Northeast Regional, Carolinian/Piedmont, Crescent, Silver Service/Palmetto and Vermonter. The station is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Many major rental car companies service Philadelphia: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National rental car companies are represented at Philadelphia International Airport. Information phones are available at all airport baggage claim areas for each of the on-site rental car companies. The Valley Forge Convention Center also features Budget car rental service.
Visitors to Valley Forge can access taxi service outside of the baggage claim area at the Philadelphia International Airport. Taxi fare from the airport to Valley Forge is approximately $42.
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