Situated way up above the city on the banks of the upper Schuylkill sits Phoenixville, the once run-down mill town in the midst of a historic resurgence as a destination for all of Montgomery and Chester Counties. Spotted roughly twenty eight miles northwest of Philadelphia, Phoenixville boasts a strong urban core with walkable streets and many amenities among its blocks. The town sits right next to the expansive Valley Forge National Park, the site of many significant events in the American Revolution.
The area retains its historic charm while looking towards the next phase of the town, shedding its industrial past in favor of a future entertainment and dining destination. The Phoenixville borough is one of the more underrated spots in the area for going out and having a good time. With a strong culture of bars and breweries, it’s easy to find something to do in the borough.
We recommend checking out Stable 12 Brewing Company, Bluebird Distilling, and Root Down Brewing Company. Thinking of a more exciting night out? Stop in to Fenix Bar and Lounge, The Rec Room by Conshohocken Brewing, or GridIron Sports Bar. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, don’t miss Sedona Taphouse, Bistro on Bridge, Avlos Greek Cuisine, and Three Brothers Grill. The streets in Phoenixville are very walkable and offer complete access through the breadth of the town.
While you’re in the area, you must at least drive through (if not take a hike in) Valley Forge National Park to see the original structures from Washington’s stay in the area. With cabins to explore, visible hiking paths, and historical railroad stations, Valley Forge is ripe with opportunities to explore. The Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area has lots of information on the borough’s rich history as a former industrial center, and Reeves Park has fields and courts for sports of all kinds. Students in the area are zoned to the Phoenixville Area School District. If you’re looking for a small urban center away from the big city, Phoenixville is the place to be.