Valley Forge, Pennsylvania at a Glance
Location: 18 miles west of Philadelphia
Access: Philadelphia International Airport; interstates 95 and 76
Major Meeting Spaces: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center; The Alloy King of Prussia; Crowne Plaza Valley Forge/Liberty Conference Center; DoubleTree Suites by Hilton – Philadelphia West; Valley Forge Casino Resort
Hotel Rooms: 9,403
Off-Site Venues: Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College; John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove; Villanova University Office of Conference Services
Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board
There’s more to Valley Forge than what you learned in history class.
Yes, this Pennsylvania destination is famous as the place where George Washington and his army spent the winter of 1777–78 during the Revolutionary War. But the area has come a long way since then.
Located 18 miles west of Philadelphia, Valley Forge serves as a convenient halfway point between New York City and Washington, D.C., making it an attractive meetings destination featuring affordable rates surrounded by rich history.
“We have the access of a tier 1 destination, with Philadelphia’s airport just a short drive away, but we have the space for groups to spread out and relax a bit more,” said Scott Higgins, director of sales at the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board. “We offer groups modern amenities, historic sites and major shopping all within two miles of one another. We don’t have the traffic and rush of the big city here in Valley Forge.”
The Valley Forge Casino Resort offers planners a destination with everything under one roof, including 100,000 square feet of recently renovated meeting facilities, 445 guest rooms, six on-site restaurants and a variety of nightlife options. The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center is suburban Philadelphia’s most popular meeting space serving the tri-state region, with 220,000 square feet of uninterrupted display space — all on the same floor.
Groups meeting in the area can relive some of its history at Valley Forge National Historical Park or enjoy shopping at the nation’s fifth-largest shopping mall — King of Prussia, home to 450 retailers.
Here’s a look at what to expect for meetings in southeast Pennsylvania and the Valley Forge area.
With 81 hotels in Montgomery County, there are 9,403 rooms available within the region. Choose from the historic and quaint Joseph Ambler Inn, with 50 rooms spread across five buildings dating back to 1734, or experience the Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center, a full-service resort with 28 guest suites, a championship golf course and farm-to-table dining experiences.
If you’d rather keep everything under the same roof, the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel has 180 rooms with 25,000 square feet of meeting space. The Alloy King of Prussia, a DoubleTree Hotel, features meeting facilities, on-site dining options and 327 guest rooms.
Located on the campus of Ursinus College, the Berman Museum of Art has three rotating exhibits and weekly activities including yoga in the galleries and musical performances on the front lawn. At the Adventure Aquarium, guests can visit the 550,000-gallon Shark Realm exhibit and gather with colleagues inside the Currents Ballroom, which has more than 6,000 square feet of event space. At the American Treasure Tour Museum, groups can enjoy a guided tram tour of Americana memorabilia, such as muscle cars, pop culture collectibles, musical keepsakes and more. The Elmwood Park Zoo offers teambuilding experiences like scavenger hunts, animal encounters and photo opportunities with giraffes and more.
Room for More Rewards
Incentives and rewards are available for planners interested in bringing their next event to the Valley Forge/Montgomery County area. With the Room for More Rewards program, planners can receive $5 per room when booking 25-499 contracted room nights. Additional incentives are available for groups with more than 500 contracted room nights. On top of the financial savings, Valley Forge offers affordable room rates, low taxes and free parking throughout the year.
George Washington spent a winter at Valley Forge with the Continental Army, and today’s visitors can see the winter home that served as his headquarters. The building dates back to 1777. The property is home to 20 walking trails and 3,500 acres of rolling hills ready for exploring. At Pennypacker Mills, guests can tour a 1900s Colonial Revival country estate to learn about Pennsylvania’s deep history.
For a bit of nightlife and networking with colleagues, go to Philadelphia’s Xfinity Live!, a premier dining and entertainment district, to enjoy beer halls, dining, dancing and excitement. In King of Prussia, try your luck at the Valley Forge Casino Resort, home to 800 slot machines and 50 table games, including blackjack and poker, inside the 40,000-square-foot casino.