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Get Active in Gettysburg

Gettysburg is a destination for activity, so be sure to pack your running, walking, hiking, biking, golfing shoes. From touring the battlefield to the nature preserve, you will be on the move and keeping healthy while having fun.

Day 1

Gettysburg is a destination for activity, so be sure to pack your running, walking, hiking, biking, golfing shoes. From touring the battlefield to the nature preserve, you will be on the move and keeping healthy while having fun.

Bring your bike or rent one while you are here. A great way to see the battlefield is on a bike. Take an organized tour with GettysBike Tours to understand what happened here over 150 years ago. You can also spend time riding the 26-miles of paved road in the Gettysburg National Military Park. 

Grab some lunch to fuel up before heading out to Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve for an afternoon of hiking. With 10 miles of trails, you will discover wet and dry woodlands, mountain streams, ponds and a restored mineral quarry. You can check out amazing plants and wildlife – nothing ferocious though, just beautiful red-spotted newts, barred owls, pileated woodpeckers and maybe a wild turkey. 

On your way back to Gettysburg, stop for dinner at the Historic Fairfield Inn. President Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie, enjoyed eating at the Inn when they lived in Gettysburg. He enjoyed the chicken and biscuits; you may, too. 

If you aren’t too tired from your active day, consider a ghost tour. There are many to choose from – some in town and others that take you out of town. 

Day 2

The next day, spend the morning walking through town. You can either take a guided tour or a self-guided tour to learn the history. Maybe you just prefer to stretch your legs by wandering in and out of the shops… a great way to explore what’s new in historic Gettysburg. 

While you are exploring, you are sure to discover a variety of great local restaurants to choose from for lunch. You might want to grab a picnic lunch and head over to Gettysburg’s Rec Park. In the afternoon, take in a round of mini-golf or a quick 9 at one of our local courses. Either way, you will be sure to have a great time before heading home. 

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Experience ranger programs & walks, campfire programs, living history & events that assist in preserving & interpreting the Gettysburg Battle.

717-334-1124 ext. 80

1195 Baltimore Pike, Suite 100,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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10 miles of trails featuring woodlands, mountain streams, ponds, & a restored mineral quarry. Trails open daily; trail maps & birding lists at kiosks.

717-642-5840

1537 Mount Hope Road,
Fairfield, PA 17320

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Located on the Confederate Retreat from Gettysburg, July 4, 1863, enjoy fine food and spirits.

717-642-5410

15 West Main Street,
Fairfield, PA 17320

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The 1863 Gettysburg Civilians: Hear their stories! Experience their drama! Knowledgeable, period-attired guides bring Gettysburg's history alive.

717-624-8154

65 W. Middle Street,
Tour information available, Gettysburg, PA 17325

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A walking history tour that takes you back to the days after the battle, explaining how townspeople survived day to day.

717-334-8611

65 Steinwehr Avenue,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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A self-guided walking tour along the streets where soldiers fought, civilians lived and President Lincoln paraded to the National Cemetery in 1863.

717-334-6274
1-800-337-5015

571 W. Middle Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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A town changed forever! Dead and dying soldiers lying everywhere! Walk the streets of Gettysburg with a Licensed Town Historian and hear the civilians' experiences of life in Gettysburg before, during and after the Battle! Venture to Gettysburg's seldom seen places! Experience Lincoln's visit!

717-253-5737

11 Lincoln Square,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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We are a family-owned and operated bicycle touring business and are eager to share Gettysburg with you!

717-752-7752

1195 Baltimore Pike,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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