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Valley Forge National Historical Park
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Private Valley Forge National Historic Park Tour from Philadelphia
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Owner description: This is the unforgiving spot where George Washington's weary troops passed the brutal winter of 1777-78.
Reviewed December 6, 2013

My wife and I visited in November and by luck it was exceptionally warm that day so it was perfect to do the tour. Being Canadians we've heard of Valley Forge but that's about this size of it.

So we took the trolley tour (fee required) with a guide and she was so keen about the history that it was fascinating to listen to...and we did and we had loads of questions. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

We also liked the fact that the park is open for people to hike, walk their dogs etc... just like any other park. There were even those horseback riding while we were there. It is quite different from other national parks which can be somewhat porcelain - look but don't touch.

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Reviewed November 27, 2013

I am fortunate enough to live right next to VFNP. I go there almost every day of the year. A friend of mine who is not from the area went there one summer day and said to me, "There's nothing to do there, there were no battles fought there, it was really boring". Well, he missed it. No, there were no actual battles fought at Valley Forge, and no there are no battle 'sites' there. But there is history, but it's not an amusement park.

Valley Forge Park is an open style park with hundreds of acres of open land, forest, trails, and a few buildings. There are tours of the park showing the areas that thousands of men spent the winter encampment of 1777-78. There are great stories to be heard of how the surrounding communities figured in with this encampment and how the army endured the harsh winter. It is a great place to get an education about one of the most important parts of the Revolutionary War.

If you go in the summer there are tons of trails, some easy and some moderately more difficult. The trails run through open park land and through the wooded areas up and over the hills. They offer some great views and photo opportunities. If you have kids they should love all of the running around and the many cannon to play on and around. There is a great stream that runs through part of the park that feels terrific on a hot summer day.

If you should go during the winter and there's snow on the ground you can get a real feel for how it must of been during that fateful winter. I often tell visitors to take their shoes off and wander around the snow with only their socks on, after a few minutes they'll get an appreciation of what it might have been like to have no shoes as many of the soldiers did at that time.

All in all Valley Forge Park is place that let's the visitor find the history. If you give it a chance it is a truly wonderful place.

And hey after a day at the park there are many great restaurants and stores only a mile away in King of Prussia or Phoenixville. So go ahead use your brains, it's fun.

2  Thank snakespol
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Reviewed November 23, 2013 via mobile

We stopped by on a whim to break up a 6hr car trip. So glad we did! 11, 9, and 7 yr old all commented that it far exceeded their expectation. We opted not for trolley ($17pp). We did the great intro movie in the visitors center then drove the 10mi loop. We used the audio prompts available by mobile phone (free). Stopped by the soldiers huts, the national arch, and Washington's headquarters. We all got a good history lesson and a great boost of patriotic pride.

2  Thank 5fromPittsburgh
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

Me and my husband visited Valley Forge just a day before Veterans day. It was a chilly and windy day, but there were many people. Our first stop was on Theater where you can see a short historic film about the Valley Forge. Then we visited gift shop and museum and we understood that two times per day there is free walking tour with guide. But we did not use it. We went for a walk by ourselves. Is huge park with nice nature and it is very nice for walking. Specially for summer. Maybe in winter it is not the best choice but it is interesting.

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Reviewed November 11, 2013

Valley Forge National Park was not only historical, but very beautiful. We caught the end of the fall color and the views were lovely. The Visitors' Center and the orientation film gave us a good sense of the park, and the trolley tour we took was very comfortable and very informative. Would highly recommend the tour as the park is very large. Leaving the driving to someone who knew the roads, and having a knowledgeable guide to describe points of interest made our time in the park stress-free and informative.

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