• Log huts are coated in a fresh layer of snow

    Valley Forge

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

Things To Do

Summer Programs and Events

Ranger Programs & Guided Tours
All programs are weather and staff dependent.

Ranger-led Walks
Daily from June 14 - September 1 at 10:20 AM, 12:20 PM, & 2:20 PM
40-minute interpretive walks depart from the Park Theater and follows the Joseph Plumb Martin Trail 1/4 mile to the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts. FREE.

Living History
Daily from June 14 - September 1 from 10 AM - 4 PM
Experience Soldier Life at the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts. Talk to a Continental Soldier or camp follower and learn about life at camp during the American Revolution. FREE.

Trolley Tours
Daily from June 9 - September 1 View tour times and fees >>
90-minute guided tour makes extended stops at the Muhlenberg Brigade huts and Washington's Headquarters. FEE CHARGED.

Bicycle Tours
Saturdays from May 3 - October 25
View tour times, fees, and bicycle rental information >>
2-hour guided bicycle tours follow a 5-mile route, passing a number of the park's significant sites. Participants can use their own equipment or rent a bike at a discounted rate of $15. FEE CHARGED.

Bird Walks
2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, May - October Details and Tour Times >>
See or hear different species in a variety of seasons and habitats such as meadow, edge, and woods. FREE.

Washington's Leadership Program
Daily from June 14 - September 1 at 11 am and 2 pm.
15-minute ranger talks meet outside of Washington's Headquarters. FREE.

Children's Exploration Station
Daily from June 14 - September 1 at 10 am – 11 am & 1:30 pm – 3 pm.
Participate in hands on activities at the tabletop station in the Visitor Center. Explore history with 18th century games, toys, and try on continental clothing. Programs may vary. FREE.
Special Events & Programs
Search additional special events by date on our Schedule of Events page.

Annual March Out of the Continental Army
Saturday, June 14 | 11 am - 1 pm
Walk in the footsteps of the Continental Army along the historic trace road used by the army as they marched out of Valley Forge on June 19, 1778 in pursuit of the British Army. More >>

July 4th Community Picnic in the Park
Friday, July 4 | 11 am - 3 pm
Celebrate our nation's independence with artillery demonstrations, historical games, an All-American cook-out, music, and more. More >>

BioBlitz with the Summer of Bugs
August 23-24
Contribute to the ongoing research about bugs in the park and sign up as a volunteer during the park's second 24-hour BioBlitz event. Help researchers trap and identify bugs in the park. More >>

Muhlenberg Days
June 21, July 5, August 9 & 30 | 10 am – 3 pm.
Living history volunteers from The Friends of Valley Forge Park will showcase special demonstrations including cooking and bread baking to give park visitors an up-close and personal understanding about the experiences and hardships of the encampment. More >>

Lunch and Learn Series
Wednesdays from June 18 - July 23 | 12 pm - 1 pm
Bring a bag lunch and enjoy a presentation about a topic relating to the American Revolution or Valley Forge. Hear from a different speaker each week. Programs are located in the Education Center, adjacent to the Visitor Center. FREE. Lemonade is provided. View the series schedule >>

Storytelling Benches
Weekends May 24 – June 8 & August 18 - October 26
Daily June 9 – August 17
Ongoing stories from 11 am – 4 pm
Listen as Once Upon A Nation storytellers share riveting stories of the Valley Forge encampment and how it became a turning point in the Revolutionary War. Benches are located on the Train Station platform at Washington's Headquarters and in front of the Visitor Center. FREE.

Secrets and Spies
Saturdays from June 14 – August 16 | 1 pm - 2 pm
George Washington needs help! There's rumor of a plot to have him kidnapped at Valley Forge. Be the first to enlist and join a spy network to uncover the traitors involved. Learn 18th-century spy techniques including invisible ink, counterespionage, and looking for secret messages as young guests work with operatives to foil the plot. Tours depart from the Train Station at Washington's Headquarters. FREE.

Voices of Valley Forge Workshop Series
June 26 & 28, July 12, 17, 26, & 31, & August 2 | 1 pm - 3 pm
Uncover stories not often present in the traditional historical narrative about women, children and diversity through place-based workshops in literature, music, drama and art. FREE. All programs take place in the Education Center except July 31 which will take place at the Philander Chase Knox Estate. More >>

Public Archeology Program
June 9 - July 18 | Monday through Friday from 8:30 am - 11:00 am & 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Archeologists will excavate the site of the 3rd Virginia (Woodford's) Brigade. The public is invited to volunteer on the dig or simply stop by to watch the live excavation and talk to the archeologists. FREE. Learn more about the excavation and how you can sign up as a volunteer.

Evening Carillon Concerts
Wednesdays in July and August | 7:30 pm
The Washington Memorial Chapel presents their annual summer carillon concert series. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, snacks or dinner. The Chapel Cabin Shop will be open for refreshments. Concerts from the 58-bell carillon tower will go on rain or shine. FREE. View the concert series schedule >>

Student and Teacher Camps

Discovery Camp with the Franklin Institute

August 11 - 15
Campers from grades 3 to 8 will learn about science and history while exploring the lush environment of the Park and enjoying the wide range of natural and cultural resources the park has to offer. A majority of the camp time will be spent outdoors, learning about ecosystems, natural resources, weather, and the history of the park itself, as well as the science behind historical battles, the lives of Revolutionary War soldiers, and more! FEE CHARGED. Details and registration information >>

The Pennsylvania Writing & Literature Project
For Students: July 21 - August 1 | 9:00 am – 12 pm
Intended for students who love to read and write in grades 3 – 4. This program teaches writing as a process in a relaxed, camp environment, at Valley Forge. All classes are small, averaging 13-15 students. All instructors are experienced teachers and Fellows of the National Writing Project. FEE CHARGED. Details and registration information >>

For Teachers: July 29-30 | 8:45 am – 4:00 pm
Through a variety of experiential learning activities highlighting history and literacy, children and adults meet with content experts, research primary source documents, and craft creative compositions for a Young Writers/Young Readers anthology. 1-3 credit courses. FEE CHARGED. Details and registration information >>

Did You Know?

Camp follower and continental soldier presenting program

Valley Forge contains a complete educational and recreational experience including 26 miles of trails and a variety of programs from engaging stories of history to the annual Presidents’ Day Weekend events and the March Out Commemoration in June.