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.
You packed the car, you drove an hour, maybe two or three, and you are here for your family getaway. The kids are hungry so you head to General Pickett’s Buffet where you know that they will definitely find something they like – and then there is the amazing dessert bar to top it off. Afterward, you take a drive through the battlefield just to see the landscape that saw three days of fighting. You make a stop at Devil’s Den and hike to the top for a look out, where they see Little Round Top and ask to check it out. You encourage them to take selfies so they remember the historic places they see. From there, they see so much of the field; they start to understand why the Union needed to hold the high ground in order to win the battle. Then off to the Pennsylvania Memorial where they climb to the top to look out and are amazed with the view. By then they want to head in town, you promised a ghost tour and they know of at least three they want to do.
After a quick breakfast at the hotel, you head over to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center for the film, cyclorama experience and museum. Along the way you explain that the cyclorama is the 1900s version of IMAX but they don’t really get it until they see it, and then they are impressed. When they get there, they see President Lincoln on a bench and declare it to be selfie time.
After the museum, you give them a few options of how they want to tour the battlefield – an iPad tour with InSite Gettysburg, a horseback tour, or maybe a Segway tour. They pick the horseback tour, how cool is it to ride the battlefield like the cavalry. After the tour, you grab some lunch because you’re famished. And then spend a little time hitting the shops you passed the night before during your ghost tour. You decide to check out the free Gettysburg Museum of History that you all saw on Pawn Stars. By now, it’s time to take a little break and hit the hotel pool before dinner. While the kids hit the pool, you two decide to check out one of the wine tasting rooms downtown, with the trolley system, the kids can get to the hotel on their own with no issues.
That evening, you grab a bite to eat at one of the historic taverns and enjoy being attended to by a period dressed server. After dinner, you pick a ghost tour that will take you outside of town. The kids are having a great time and only using their phones to post pics to Instagram, which you can live with.
The kids are actually bummed because it is almost time to head home. Before you do, you decide to take a tour of downtown with a guide to learn what happened before, during and after the battle. They also want to play a game of mini-golf before they go, so after the tour you head to Granite Hill Adventure Golf. They also want some ice cream before you leave town.
Driving home, instead of having their heads in their phones, they are actually talking about the trip – total success!