Best Montgomery County Sites to Pass a Rainy, Gray Spring Afternoon with the Kids

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Drone footage of feeding the Elmwood Park Zoo giraffes.

Weather-wise, Spring 2023 has been somewhat disappointing, leaving many Montgomery County parents struggling to find things to do with their kids. Philadelphia Inquirer reporters Nick Vadala and Michelle Reese offer worthwhile, in-county, two-part suggestions (close-proximity side trips from the main attraction).

Elmwood Park Zoo

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

The Philadelphia Zoo may be the first in the nation, but it can be overwhelming. The Norristown edition — a staple since the 1920s, when it housed only deer — may be smaller, but it’s nonetheless engaging.

Along with the animals is a zipline course, an energy-burning playground, and up-close-and-personal giraffe feedings.

LEGOLAND, Plymouth Meeting

The plus-one to Elmwood Park Zoo is LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Plymouth Meeting, about four miles away.

Valley Forge National Historical Park

1400 N. Outer Line Dr., King of Prussia

Steeped in history, Valley Forge may seem like a place for grown-ups. But it caters to kids as well. There’s a Junior Ranger program, onsite reenactors, and frequent demonstrations of period crafts, all designed to make the American Revolution accessible.

iFLY, King of Prussia

A true adrenaline jolt is mere minutes away at iFLY, King of Prussia’s indoor skydiving experience. It works even for kids as young as three.

More on local day trips is at The Philadelphia Inquirer.


A video blog entry profiling Valley Forge National Historical Park for families.

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