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Things to do in Gettysburg

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Welcome to Gettysburg

Civil War battlefields, historic covered bridges, and outdoor excursions are just the start in this landmark central Pennsylvania town.

Top 3 attractions in Gettysburg

Gettysburg National Military Park

More than 50,000 soldiers died in the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil. Today, the Gettysburg National Military Park is a National Park Service–run memorial to the lives lost in the 3-day battle. You don't have to be a Civil War buff to learn from this American history landmark.More

Gettysburg Heritage Center

Travel back in time to the Battle of Gettysburg during a visit to the Gettysburg Heritage Center. Interactive exhibits, historic artifacts and technologically advanced displays bring history to life as much for adults as they do for children.Families will find engaging exhibits and 3-D productions that showcase stories and information about one of the nation’s most famous battles. Travelers will learn what Gettysburg was like before the battle, and how things changed once combat had ended. Tours include an informative movie that examines the three-day battle in-depth.It’s easy to explore the center solo and visitors who want to commemorate the trip can pick up an informative book, sweatshirt, mug or other Gettysburg-themed item at the lobby gift shop.More

Shriver House Museum

In 1860, the Civil War came to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The stories of its townspeople are told at the Shriver House Museum, a restored home occupied by the Shriver family during the Battle of Gettysburg. The house was occupied throughout the battle, and today, it has been restored to its original condition and is open to the public as a museum.More

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Civil War Ghosts of Gettysburg Tour

Civil War Ghosts of Gettysburg Tour

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All about Gettysburg

When to visit

Gettysburg gets busiest—and stickiest—in July and August. If you want to avoid the sweaty mid-Atlantic summer, then aim for spring or fall, when you’ll also have a bounty of fresh produce from local family-run farms, including crispy apples in autumn, to sample. Reenactment events are held year-round, with the mock Battle of Gettysburg taking place every July. The city and battlefields also have a special charm in the snow, if you can face the wintry chill.

Getting around

The city is flat and compact, with shop- and restaurant-lined streets spoking out from a historic square, making Gettysburg ideal for getting around on foot. But the battlefields and main monuments are spread out, meaning you’ll want to either drive (with the option to park and then walk) or join a bus or Segway tour. You can also follow a hiking or cycling trail for a more immersive experience, just bring plenty of water and sun protection in summer.

Traveler tips

Gettysburg is a tight-knit community with a cosmopolitan flair thanks to its ties to Gettysburg College. Spend time in town before rushing off to see the battlefields. Highlights include unique museums like Shriver House, a 19th-century family home visited with a costumed guide, and Farnsworth House Tavern, where you can get a taste of Civil War-era menu items like peanut soup. Antique-hunters should save suitcase space because specialized shops and street markets abound.

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What is Gettysburg known for?

Gettysburg is best known for National Military Park, otherwise known as Gettysburg Battlefields. This is where some of the fiercest fighting took place between the United States and the rebel Confederacy during the American Civil War. Today, you’ll find picturesque fields, bike paths, and military statues—plenty to keep you busy.

How can I spend a day in Gettysburg?

Any day trip to Gettysburg should include a walk, bike ride, or drive through the Gettysburg Battlefields, either self-guided or with a guide. Spend time in a museum—for example, the Civil War-era Shriver House—and browse the shops and galleries within the quaint and historic downtown area.

Does Gettysburg have a downtown?

Yes. Gettysburg is compact and walkable, home to a historic downtown area. The town’s main hub is Lincoln Square, filled with unique shops, cozy pubs, and restaurants, as well as the occasional antique market. Streets branch out in every direction, making it fun and easy to explore on foot.

Can you visit Gettysburg for free?

Yes, you can visit for free. There is no fee to see the Gettysburg Battlefields or the National Cemetery. However, for a guided tour—by bus, Segway, private car, or even horseback—expect to pay. You’ll also need an admission ticket to see the exhibits and Cyclorama at the Visitor Center.

How many days do you need to see Gettysburg?

Ideally, you’ll need two or three days in Gettysburg to make at least one trip to the Gettysburg Battlefields, visit a museum or two, and spend time enjoying the town’s unique and historical atmosphere. If you’re short on time, consider a guided tour to make the most of your visit.

Is Gettysburg worth visiting?

Yes, Gettysburg is worth visiting. Go, not only to see its most famous landmark—the Gettysburg battlefields—but also to experience its picturesque and community-oriented small town. The charming, walkable downtown is filled with first-rate historical museums, art galleries, antique markets, and many dining options—enough to spend days exploring.


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