Things to do in Gettysburg
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
Gettysburg Heritage Center
Shriver House Museum
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Top activities in Gettysburg
Civil War Ghosts of Gettysburg Tour
Gettysburg Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour
One Hour Gettysburg Walking Tour with Licensed Guide
Devil’s Den, Gettysburg Self-Guided Walking Tour
Mysteries on the Move: Scavenger Hunt in Gettysburg
Ghosts of the Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour
Gettysburg American Brew Tour By Junket
Devil's Hour Investigation - Small Group Gettysburg
The Historic Welty House Ghost Hunt
Fright Nite Investigation - Small Group Gettysburg
Wonder Women of Gettysburg Hidden Valor By Junket
Evening Investigation - Small Group Gettysburg
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Gettysburg Battlefield Auto Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour
- 2 hours 30 minutes
- Free Cancellation
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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.
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.
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.