Area Attractions

The University of Valley Forge campus is nestled in the heart of Phoenixville, PA and surrounded by beautiful farmland. Phoenixville is classic American in its setting and charm. The town offers a quaint downtown area and is the largest registered historic district in Chester County. But, the community with its small town atmosphere isn’t your only option. There is plenty to do within driving distance for people of all ages and varied interests.


King of Prussia Mall — Visit one of the largest upscale shopping and entertainment centers on the East Coast. Shop at over 200 stores only a 15-minute drive from UVF.

Philadelphia Premium Outlets — If you love high-end outlet shopping, then this is the place. More than 150 stores and only a 25-minute drive from UVF.

Exton Square Mall — Not a fan of large shopping complexes? Then try Exton Square Mall. They have over 100 stores that offer a shopping experience to fit every budget a short 15-minute drive from UVF.


Explore all the great places to eat right off campus. Whether it’s pizza, Chinese, Italian or fine dining you are hungry for, Phoenixville offers choices to please every palette.

Phoenixville Area Restaurants

  • Steel City Coffeehouse
  • Artisan’s Gallery & Cafe
  • Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant
  • Bella Napoli Pizzeria
  • TD Alfredo's Pizzeria
  • Pat's Pizza
  • And Many More...

City Life

Philadelphia — Famous for its unique place in American history, Philly offers much more than just cobblestone streets and historic landmarks. Cultural, culinary, artistic and ethnic treasures are found in this city and its surrounding countryside and is only 45 minutes from UVF.

Top Attractions

  • Independence Hall
  • Performing Arts Center
  • Philadelphia Art Museum
  • Philadelphia Zoo

New York City — There’s no place more diverse and exciting than New York City. Entertainment, the arts, museums, major-league baseball, shopping, festivals — whatever your interest, you will find it here. NYC is less than a 2 ½-hour drive from UVF.

Top Attractions

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Broadway Shows
  • Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty

Washington, D.C. and Baltimore — The Nation’s Capital with its museums and monuments, and the compact, seafood-loving city of Baltimore, are also within a 3-hour drive from UVF. There are plenty of options for weekend trips with family and friends.

Top Attractions

  • Inner Harbor
  • National Aquarium
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards
  • The National Mall
  • The Smithsonian
  • Washington Monument
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Georgetown


The Philadelphia area is known for having some of the most dedicated sports fans around. If you love sports then this is the place to get in the game.

  • The Phillies
  • The Eagles
  • The Flyers
  • The 76ers
  • The Union

Parks & Recreation

If you want to explore Pennsylvania's great outdoors, access to parks and gardens begin right next to campus. Stunning views, relaxing walking trails, concerts and a variety of flora and fauna are just a few of the things offered by local parks.

  • Valley Forge National Park
  • Marsh Creek Lake State Park
  • Hopewell National Historical Site
  • Longwood Gardens
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