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.
By Carl Whitehill – So you think you know Gettysburg, do you? This is our challenge to you – to experience Gettysburg in a brand new way in 2016. Create some new memories this year with a getaway that brings you closer to not only our iconic history, but with the food, the culture and the people that make this town such an amazing place. We encourage you to try something new, bring someone new and leave with something new. Let this be your year in Gettysburg!
1. Try Something New
We know that many of Gettysburg’s visitors love their traditions, but 2016 is the year to venture out and try something you’ve never done before in Gettysburg. Eat at a new restaurant, tour the battlefield in a new way – hop on a horse, a Segway or bicycle, or lace up your hiking boots and learn about history and nature by foot. Over the past several years, so much has changed throughout the region and this is a great time to check it all out and create new traditions.
2. Bring Your Buds
Yes, Gettysburg is one of America’s most family-friendly destinations, but in 2016 – invite your pals, invite your girlfriends and enjoy a getaway in a whole new way. Hit the ski slopes, tee off at the golf course, enjoy a wine or beer tasting, or go shopping downtown or at the outlets. Cap off every evening with dinner and drinks at one of our renowned taverns or craft kitchens.
3. Take Home an Edible Souvenir
The Gettysburg region of Adams County, Pa., is filled with great restaurants, wineries, breweries, orchards and farm markets. Take a taste of Gettysburg home with you this year, and enjoy Gettysburg long after you leave. Before you depart, buy a bottle of wine, a growler of craft beer, fresh fruit and vegetables from the farm market or a freshly baked apple pie.
4. Add Some “Seasoning” to Your Gettysburg Getaway
Gettysburg isn’t just for summer vacations. This year-round destination is attracting visitors during the Spring, Fall and Winter more than ever before. If you liked our battlefield or countryside on a warm summer evening as the sun goes down, you’ll love a drive through the orchards while 20,000 acres of apple trees are in bloom, or a hike in Michaux State Forest under colorful fall foliage.
5. Grab a Cold One
Gettysburg is home to many wineries, breweries and cideries. Try our unique varieties right downtown or with a quick drive into the heart of the Pennsylvania Fruit Belt to get a taste of Gettysburg in a whole new way. Before you leave, buy a bottle, buy a case of your favorite flavor. (See No. 3)
6. Go Camping
We know that everyone isn’t into tents, but campgrounds in Gettysburg have you covered – literally. Cozy up at night in a variety of cabins and cottages – ranging from rustic to luxury. During the day, enjoy a variety of activities including swimming, miniature golf, arcades, playgrounds and fishing. Camping is a great way to turn your Gettysburg getaway some quality family time – especially with s’mores around the fire.
7. Get Out and About
We love our town. We love the battlefield. But the Gettysburg region boasts some of our favorite travel experiences that range from beautiful fruit farms to outdoor recreation to nearby antique shopping, restaurants and wineries. Follow our Scenic Valley Driving Tour or Historic Conewago Tour and discover a whole new world surrounding Gettysburg. (See No. 1)
8. Get Spooked
Visitors from around the world have taken a peek inside Gettysburg’s night life with ghost tours, paranormal investigations or are simply daring enough to stay overnight in one of Gettysburg’s purported haunted inns or hotels. And don’t worry, skeptics are as welcome as believers – tours are great ways to walk off your evening dinner and hear tales of both history and paranormal activity.
9. Find Your Inner Child
Gettysburg is known for history, but it’s a place for families, couples and friends that is filled with fun experiences for all ages. We invite you to find your inner child in 2016 and enjoy something for the young-at-heart. Maybe an afternoon at Land of Little Horses, a trip down candy’s memory lane at Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum, or through the corn maze at Fields of Adventure. And if you have kids, spending a few hours at Explore & More Children’s Museum is a great way to unwind, get creative and get some of that energy out.
10. Attend an Event
The Gettysburg region is home to a variety of nationally renowned events, and there’s no better way to create new memories of our great destination than by having a blast at such events as the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, the National Apple Harvest Festival, 19th Century Base Ball Festival, Wine & Music Festival, among many others.
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About the Author
A resident of Adams County, Pa., for eight years, Carl Whitehill is still finding nooks and crannies of the Gettysburg countryside to tire out his two young – and energetic – boys. Always on the search for ways to keep his crazy family active and adventurous, Carl prefers to lace up his hiking boots over firing up the car for a ride, but opts for going out for ice cream over a cold beer (almost) any day. He lives in Littlestown, Pa., with his wife, Kim, and sons – Colin and Christian.
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