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Things to Do in Gettysburg, PA

Gettysburg, PA, is known around the world for the Civil War battle that took place in July 1863. For over 150 years, visitors have stopped to see the landscape and walk in history's footsteps. Today, we invite you to discover all that Gettysburg has to offer including the engaging and tasty experiences in the countryside of Adams County.

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Planning a Gettysburg history adventure? Look no further. Be sure to take in a battlefield orientation program before heading out on one of ten different ways to learn about the 3-day Civil War battle including horse tours, Segway tours, bicycle tours and more. Be sure to include a walking tour of the town of Gettysburg where the civilians hid as the battle raged through the streets and the wounded soldiers were cared for in homes and churches. Let a period guide lead you through personal stories in restored house museums. Engage with the history first-hand each weekend in season during Living History encampments. 

Take in another era of Gettysburg at the Eisenhower National Historic Site, the only home that the President and his wife, Mamie, ever owned. 

Beyond the history, you will be entertained with two new escape rooms, food tours, and theater. Take in a concert or country event. Spend your late evening chasing tales of the supernatural, or hunt for a ghost with actual equipment. 

Don't forget to save time for shopping in Gettysburg. The downtown offers a variety of boutique shops and galleries, while surrounding towns like New Oxford provide an antique shoppers paradise. Don't miss the savings at the outlets. You may want to consider an extra suitcase.

And don't forget your cooler for all the farm fresh produce from the markets. Known for our apples, the Adams County area also grows delicious veggies, peaches, blueberries, strawberries and more! Don't forget our dairy industry for amazing fresh milk and cheeses. We also like to convert our homegrown fruits and grains into craft cider, spirits and wine. 

If you are looking to explore our outdoors, be sure to pack your hiking boots. Discover a variety of nature with hike through the battlefield, a local preserve or the nearby State Parks. If you enjoy a round of golf, you can select from several courses, all open to the public. In the winter, strap on your skis or snowboard for a mountain adventure! You will quickly discover that Gettysburg is your year-round destination of choice!

Hiking History: Exploring Big Round Top

Hiking History: Exploring Big Round Top

By Cory Runk –  When spring hits, my body tells me it’s time to get outside and be active. Spring can often be a big tease when it hits 70 degrees one day and then snows the next morning. Despite the ever-changing “mood” of the spring weather, you can’t help but get excited because you … Continue reading Hiking History: Exploring Big Round Top

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Creating family memories around the campfire

Creating family memories around the campfire

By Carl Whitehill – Decades ago, the word “camping” had a much different meaning to me than it does today. As a 12-year-old Boy Scout, camping was a weekend of bottomless canvas tents, under-cooked food prepared over an open fire and cold, wet socks. It was fun, you could say, but not as satisfying as my nice … Continue reading Creating family memories around the campfire

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A Guide to Connect with Gettysburg’s “Night Life”

A Guide to Connect with Gettysburg’s “Night Life”

By Lynneah Smith – In the depths of the shadowy streets of downtown, amid the treacherous grasslands of the bloodiest Civil War battle, a whisper in the dark or a remnant of an illuminating figure seizes the hearts of daring souls brave enough to search through the past of the haunted town of Gettysburg. As … Continue reading A Guide to Connect with Gettysburg’s “Night Life”

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