Yes we have a famous battlefield to tour by car, bicycle, horseback, and even on foot but we boast a wealth of activities beyond those historic acres.
From historic taverns to ethnic cuisine, farm-to-table dining to unique edibles, the tastes of Gettysburg are sure to please every palate.
With adventures to suit every budget, Gettysburg and Adams County businesses offer plenty of packages to help visitors create their dream vacations.
Visit Gettysburg, learn some history and bring home memories with a horse-drawn carriage tour of Gettysburg. Witness the Battlefield at the speed of history and experience the Gettysburg Battlefield in the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage. The story of 3 days that changed history unfolds as you hear the clip-clop of the horse’s hooves. A most relaxing way to take in the now peaceful Gettysburg Battlefield that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Horse-drawn carriage tours of the Gettysburg Battlefield are given by Licensed Battlefield Guides or a recorded narrative by a Guide. In-town guided carriage tours are guided by our town historians, period musicians or living historians. Our Town Walking Tours are docented by historians, researched and based on firsthand accounts; a side trip off the battlefield that will only further help to interpret the Battle of Gettysburg. Tours last one to two hours and are offered throughout the day.
Licensed Battlefield Guided Carriage Tours
2 Hour Guided Battlefield Carriage Tour - $49.50
2 Hour Carriages are normally available every day except Thursday.
1 Hour Guided Battlefield Carriage Tour - $29.50
1 Hour Carriages are normally available Sunday and over holiday weekends.
These are adult prices. Children 3 and under are free as a lap Child. Child pricing tiers are individual to rides and can be found on our website. Not all tours are available every day.
On ‘Special Topic’ Carriage Tours the Guides do orient you to the Battle, but concentrate on the details of the Special Topic being discussed. We recommend the 2 Hour Licensed Battlefield Guided Carriage or the 1 Hour Battlefield North Carriage Tour for visitors looking for a general overview and discussion of the Gettysburg Battlefield. Special Topic Guided Carriage Tours are chosen and designed by our Licensed Battlefield Guides. Join our Licensed Battlefield Guides as they take over the carriage to give in-depth topic tours on the subjects and events that intrigue and fascinate them.
We also offer Historic Town Walking Tours through the town of Gettysburg! Join Historian Ken Rich for a tour in the town streets of Gettysburg. Tours range from serious history information to leisurely discussion of the actions and impact of the Battle to civilians and soldiers alike! Firsthand accounts are heavily used to weave together the story of the town, the people and the Battle. Ken’s tours are amazing additions to individual, family and group visits to Gettysburg. Tours can be tailored to groups of various age, level of study and type. Scout groups, military groups, family functions, bus tours and organized charters, or individuals planning your trip can contact us at 717-476-7428 to schedule tours not listed in our online availability calendar.
Walking Town Tour - “Fighting Retreat”, North areas of town of Gettysburg
Join Ken Rich for a walking tour of the northern portion of the town of Gettysburg. We will discuss the fighting in the town and examine this often-overlooked portion of the Battle on July 1st, 1863. Described as a meeting engagement, the Confederate Army had more men and artillery available; The Union army had held up the Confederate onslaught as long as they could, planning to fall back to a reserve position on Cemetery Hill. The retreat through town on July 1st is sometime described as a route, while walking these paths of the soldiers we will discuss what happened as the Union army made their way to Cemetery Hill. The tour will start outside the Railroad Station on Carlisle Street and move north on Stratton Street. We will proceed to the College, follow Washington St. to Chambersburg St. and then return to the Railroad Station. The walking tour will last two hours. This is a leisurely paced walk on paved roads. No hiking. Wheelchairs are manageable. There is Parking available at the RaceHorse Alley Parking Garage, and Street Parking in the Borough.
Walking Town Tour - “Fighting in the Streets” with Ken Rich
A phenomenally researched look at how and where major events affecting July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 1863 played out in the south of town. This is approximately a 2 hour walking tour beginning at the Gettysburg Heritage Center, 297 Steinwehr Avenue. Parking is behind the building, with frequent stops along the route for interactive discussions and questions. It is at a leisurely pace. All walks are paved roads. There is no hiking. There are no drastic elevation changes. Wheelchairs can take the route.
Walking Town Tour - “Reluctant Witness” by Ken Rich
Reluctant Witness is a 2 hour walking tour that showcases the civilians of Gettysburg who witnessed the horror of war, highlighting historic buildings and their importance. The research is about rediscovering firsthand accounts describing civilian life and the musings of soldiers who tactically and tragically occupied the streets of Gettysburg those three long days July 1863. Ken’s unparalleled knowledge and pure joy gained in finding these life lines connecting the present and the past is humbling and contagious! Like no other, Ken brings July 1863 in the small town of Gettysburg to life. The tour will start in Alumni Park, next to Mr G’s ice cream. It proceeds north on to Baltimore Street, highlighting areas on what was the main street through town in 1863. We will walk down historic High Street, talking about the then and now uses of these borough buildings and return to Alumni Park by way of Baltimore Street. This is a leisurely paced walk on paved roads. No hiking. Wheelchairs are manageable.