Two local attractions among most visited in Greater Philadelphia last year

The Valley Forge National Historical Park is cycled by thousands everyday but not many make it to Washington’s Winter Encampment. Image via the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board.

Valley Forge National Historical Park and Longwood Gardens were among the most-visited tourist attractions in Greater Philadelphia last year, writes Kenneth Hilario for the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Last year, more than 21 million people visited the Philadelphia region’s Top 25 tourist attractions. Valley Forge Park and Longwood Gardens both made it among the Top Five most-visited spots, which remained mostly unchanged from 2017.

Valley Forge Park came in fourth with 1,881,362 visitors. The site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War offers visitors 3,500 acres of monuments, meadows, and woodlands that commemorate the historic event.

Valley Forge slipped one place compared to 2017, when it ranked third in number of visitors.

Longwood Gardens ranked fifth with 1,439,497 visitors, maintaining the same spot as the previous year. The attraction features 1,100 acres of stunning gardens, woodlands, meadows, and fountains. Longwood also boasts a 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ and 4.5-acre conservatory.

According to a 2017 report by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, attractions’ performance represents a boon for the local economy. During that year alone, the industry has generated $4.1 billion in economic impact.

Read more about the region’s most-visited tourist attractions in the Philadelphia Business Journal here.

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