The Countryside of Philadelphia – Brandywine Valley and Valley Forge

Battle of Brandywine re-enactment

Within the storybook setting of the Countryside of Philadelphia unfolds the Continental saga of the Battle of Brandywine and the Valley Forge winter encampment. Adventure blooms here year-round, beside stunning Longwood Gardens in the Brandywine Valley and world class shopping in Valley Forge at King of Prussia Mall. The arts, recreation, nightlife, delectable menus and welcoming accommodation await in the Countryside of Philadelphia, visit

2017 Brandywine Valley Highlights:

The Brandywine Valley is home to Longwood Gardens, the world’s premier horticultural display garden. Situated on 1,050 acres, Longwood features 20 indoor gardens as well as 20 outdoor gardens and a breathtaking conservatory. Built in 1919, the conservatory is one of the world’s great greenhouse structures. In addition, Longwood is home to the most significant fountain collection in North America and the crown jewel of that collection, the Main Fountain Garden debuts May 27, 2017 after a 2-year, $90 million revitalization. 2017 will be A Summer of Spectacle; featuring this amazing new garden as well as six select Fireworks and Fountains shows illuminating the night sky throughout the season.

The Brandywine River Museum of Art, houses three generations of the famed Wyeth family of artists and in 2017 Andrew Wyeth takes centre stage on the centennial of his birth. The museum honours his legacy with an exhibition Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, from June 24 to September 17, 2017, featuring over 100 of his works.

On Hallowed Ground: Brandywine 2017 will mark the 240th Anniversary of the Battle of Brandywine. The event, held on September 16 & 17, 2017, will include battle scenes with muskets, horses charging, fife and drum corps, encampments and more. Come explore this amazing time in American history and stand on hallowed ground that once held patriots, presidents and heroes.

A truly revolutionary destination

Convenient, accessible and friendly Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pa., caters to travellers’ multifaceted interests, including history, shopping, golf, dining, adventure and the arts.

Located only 18 miles from Philadelphia, Valley Forge and Montgomery County is a destination of natural beauty, small-town charm, big-city dining and deep historical significance.

Valley Forge was the site of the 1777–1778 winter encampment of General Washington and the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Today, guided tours at Valley Forge National Historical Park include walking, cycling and riding in a festive trolley. Yearly programming periodically includes the pulse-quickening boom of live artillery fire.

Shoppers flock to King of Prussia Mall, the largest retail destination in the country. Its 450 stores present fashions from such designers as Gucci, Diane von Furstenberg, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Cartier. Nearby is Philadelphia Premium Outlets, where name brands are 25-65 percent off retail prices. Both shopping experiences, created by Simon Properties, are enriched by Pennsylvania’s absence of sales tax on clothing and shoes.

We put the “great” in the great outdoors. The county boasts more than 50 golf courses, and over 90 miles of connected trails welcome hikers, bikers, runners, horseback riders, bird watchers and cross-country skiers. Take a hot-air balloon ride or glide along our waterways in a canoe or kayak. For something more adrenaline-driven, streak across the sky on a zipline; we’ve got two!

Speaking of liveliness, Valley Forge Casino Resort provides not only plenty of gaming action but also several concert venues – as well as a raucous rotation of stand-up comedians.

Glencairn Museum, part of the Bryn Athyn Historic District, showcases 8,000 pieces of stunning art from across the world’s faith traditions, displayed in the Romanesque former home of a billionaire industrialist. Tours also permit access to the nine-story tower, where views are spectacular.

With more than 600 restaurants in the area, it’s not hard to find culinary excellence across all flavor profiles. Our deep agricultural roots give local chefs much to work with in the farm-to-table movement; in essence, we have been eating that way for centuries. Ready access to locally sourced ingredients has also led to great distinction for our local brewers, distillers and wineries. One sip will tell you all you need to know.

Valley Forge National Historical Park

New in Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pa.

Although Valley Forge is proud of its history, the past doesn’t stop us from constantly reinventing ourselves.

New in the area are:

  • LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, where finding a full day of creative fun for the whole family is a snap.
  • Trail of the Jaguar at Elmwood Park Zoo, a 5,000 square-foot big cat encounter designed by architects from Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
  • The John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, now reopened after extensive renovation, was the 1803–1805 home to Audubon, the French artist and naturalist.
  • iFLY King of Prussia, which offers a skydiving experience that is unique for being wholly indoors but no less thrilling.
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