Montgomery County

Welcome to Montgomery County

Sprawling tranquility found northwest of Philadelphia
 
Reclining gently beyond the northwest of Philadelphia, this large and charming suburb stretches its tree-lined and softly twisting streets throughout the residential communities of Philadelphia. The third-most populous suburb in Pennsylvania, Montgomery County appeals to families and young professionals alike due to its quiet, serene lifestyle that still contains contemporary luxuries and city amenities. 

Originally inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, Montgomery County was settled by William Penn in the late 1600s, after he earned a charter for the land from King Charles the II. A devout Quaker who had been persecuted for his beliefs time and time again, William Penn ensured that Montgomery County was founded with the tenant of religious freedom at the forefront. A major location during the Revolutionary War and a constantly evolving modern locale, Montgomery County enjoy a seat at the table of historically vital American towns.

Now, Montgomery County displays its connection to history through its stunning and varied architecture. As the United States developed, the architectural styles typically ranged from  Georgian and Federal, eventually switching to Classical, Greek, Roman, and Early Gothic Revival styles, and then again to more contemporary Tudor Revival, American Craftsman, and more. Ranked number one county to live in Pennsylvania, Montgomery County is home to families, young professionals, couples, and even retirees who fall for its suburban, small-town charm.

Things to Love

  • Dozens of nationally protected historic museums and sites
  • Numerous green spaces and parks
  • King of Prussia Mall and other deluxe shopping centers

People and Lifestyle

Known for its varied lifestyle due to the near one million people found within its borders, Montgomery County has enough neighborhoods to appeal to any preferences. Regardless, the county is home to a peaceful, family-friendly vibe that threads its way through the whole community. A majority of its residents hold jobs located in the city of Philadelphia, and a majority of its population owns their homes. Highly educated, most of the population holds a college degree. This county is perfectly poised to become an ideal destination for anyone seeking a more charming and serene lifestyle.

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment

Montgomery County is home to several neighborhoods and downtowns, all replete with their own walkable streets. Those downtowns are dotted with boutiques, eateries, and excellent cuisine, all enough to sway anyone away from making the — albeit short — trip into Philadelphia.

While Montgomery does enjoy prime downtown shopping, no one can deny the draw of the bustling Montgomery Mall. A deluxe shopping center complete with central air and countless brands, both familiar and local, the mall is a one-stop shop for your wardrobe, entertainment, and gift-shopping needs. As if that weren’t enticing enough, Montgomery is also home to the luxurious and massive King of Prussia Center Shopping, an experimental “downtown walkway” of a shopping experience that offers designer brands, car dealerships, and more. 

After shopping to your heart’s content, put your feet up and have a filling meal at Ye Olde Ale House, a quintessentially American eatery. Or, grab a bite at the premier William Penn Inn, which takes the dining experience a step further with its rich history. Stop by Bocelli Gwynedd Valley for a taste of their delicious and fresh Italian-American blended cuisine. Afterward, be sure to partake in a refreshing beverage at Flanigan’s Boathouse, an exciting and friendly sports bar. For a more elevated, chic dining experience, make reservations or hire catering from Coyote Crossing or Arugula Ristorante.

Things to Do

Discover American history, explore all the best of Pennsylvania's natural world and embed yourself in Montgomery by checking out the countless activities available for the whole family in the county.

Breath deeply to get the full experience of Floral and Hardy of Skippack Lavender Day, or get out and partake in all the nature to be found at Schuylkill River Sojourn by joining the dozens of people each year who kayak all the way through the city for as many as five days.

Check out any number of public parks, such as Montgomery Parks and Trails, Miles Park, East Plymouth Valley Park, and even Conshohocken Riverside Dog Park, a popular and extremely cute dog park. Elmwood Park Zoo is sure to be a hit as well, and if you’re still looking for things to do, Greater Plymouth Community Center will offer many options to both adults and kids.

Schools

Montgomery County is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:

  • Plymouth Meeting Friends School
  • Plymouth Whitemarsh High School
  • Plymouth Elementary School
  • Colonial Elementary School
  • Colonial Middle School
 

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