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A Rainy Day in Gettysburg

Everybody hopes for sunshine and clear skies on their vacation, but sometimes the weather has other plans. Don’t worry – in Gettysburg, there’s still plenty to keep you busy if it rains!

Day 1

Everybody hopes for sunshine and clear skies on their vacation, but sometimes the weather has other plans. Don’t worry – in Gettysburg, there’s still plenty to keep you busy if it rains!

You’re here in Gettysburg, and one thing you know for sure is that you want to tour the battlefield. Don’t let a little rain deter you! You can stay dry and still tour the battlegrounds by bus, horse drawn carriage or in the comfort of your own car. We also recommend touring Eisenhower National Historic Site – President Eisenhower’s Gettysburg retirement home.

You’ve finished up your tour and the rain hasn’t let up? Check out some of our local art galleries or have some hands on fun and create your own masterpiece at Board & Brush Creative Studio, Under the Horizon or the Adams County Arts Council. We have something for all ages and experience levels.

Don’t get discouraged if it’s still downpouring. Instead, get poured on the Adams County Pour Tour! Taste your way through the county with craft wine, cider, beer and spirits. Pick up a free passport at any participating location and collect prizes as you taste your way through the trail. Many stops also have delicious food if you’re getting hungry.

Or perhaps the paranormal intrigues you. End your evening with Dinner with a Ghost on select weekends in Gettysburg. Enjoy a fine dinner, history and a paranormal investigation to see who has joined you for dinner.

Day 2

Stay indoors and deepen your understanding on Gettysburg history at our educational museums. If you’re looking for something other than Civil War history, you can learn about a variety of other topics including racecars, trains, apples and the history of firefighting. If you’re traveling with small kids, a stop at Explore & More Children’s Museum will keep them entertained for hours!

You can also head to The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg for some fun when it rains. Shopping usually works up an appetite, so next, we recommend diving into Gettysburg’s foodie scene. From Irish to Italian fare, there’s something for everyone. And you can top it all of with a sweet treat from a local ice cream shop or bakery.

End your evening by taking in a theatrical production at the Majestic Theater or the Gettysburg Community Theater. If you prefer to be in on the action, you can also test your wits at an escape room.

Day 3

For some, the sound of rain is relaxing. Relax further with a spa treatment or with a yoga class at Down Dog Gettysburg. Depending on which way home is for you, you can tack on some more indoor fun in nearby Hanover with the Utz Quality Foods Factory Tour or a stop at The Markets at Hanover. Or take a detour to Carlisle Sports Emporium – a one stop shop for go-karts (there is an indoor course), arcade games, batting cages, virtual reality and more!

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Adjacent to the Battlefield, President Eisenhower's home & farm served as a weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders.

717-338-9114 x4411

1195 Baltimore Pike. Suite 100,
Shuttle Service Only, Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Discover the amazing artwork of local artist, Bobbi Becker, at her beautiful gallery tucked just outside of Gettysburg in New Oxford, Pennsylvania.

717-624-4953

230 Group Mill Road,
New Oxford, PA 17350

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Art gallery specializing in historical art as well as patriotic works. Custom frame shop. Open daily. Affordable prices.

717-398-2034
855-855-1863

15 Baltimore Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Just 1/2 block west of Lincoln Square in Gettysburg. Wildlife & nostalgic fine art, handcrafted gifts, contemporary Eastern Indian & Frontier Art.

1-800-664-9797
717-334-7950

27 Chambersburg Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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For more than 38 years we have offered beautifully handcrafted products that are designed to inspire you and those you love. We have something to appeal to every taste and sensibility in our remarkable collection of art and artisan crafts.

717-334-0335

26 York Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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The Original & Fastest-Growing DIY Wood Sign Workshop Chain in the U.S. right here in Gettysburg.

717-658-8133

100 Buford Avenue,
Suite E, Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Under The Horizon (UTH) outreach based studio. We use our creative talents to serve our community. Offering walk-in art activities, pottery lessons, summer camps, parties, field trips and fundraisers. Enjoy our in-house pottery shoppe and online Etsy store at YouHadMeAtThumbprint.

717-752-4593

2650 Biglerville Road,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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A 500-member non-profit agency supporting artistic efforts throughout the county's schools and communities.

717-334-5006

125 S. Washington Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Discover the unique tastes of Adams County, Pennsylvania's craft beverages with a self-guided journey along the Adams County Pour Tour.

717-334-6274

Around Adams County,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Enjoy a gourmet meal, history presentation and a paranormal investigation in one sitting with Dinner With A Ghost!

503-569-4753
276 920 9037

945 West Washington Street #C,
Wytheville, VA 24382

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View a collection of vintage racecars, artifacts, research library of rare books, and sport of auto racing documents & photos, plus a gift shop.

717-528-8279

100 Baltimore Road,
York Springs, PA 17372

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Experience the spirit of the men and women who achieved American independence and freedoms as you journey through time with President Abraham Lincoln. Enjoy American history presentations and collections, interactive train layouts, President Lincoln's Funeral journey, hands on activities and more!

717-334-5678

425 Steinwehr Avenue,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Learn about the history of the apple and fruit tree industry in Adams County, Pennsylvania through exciting exhibits and historic artifacts. Also make your own apple crate as a souvenir of your visit to Apple Country!

717-677-4556

154 West Hanover Street,
Biglerville, PA 17307

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Preserving the heritage of over 200 years of firefighting from the Greater Hanover Area, this museum showcases historic memorabilia and equipment explaining the progression of firefighting throughout the years.

717-637-6674

134 East Hanover Street,
Hanover, PA 17331

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Created by pre-school teachers. Seven rooms of activities allow children to explore new ideas through play. Especially for children 3 to 8 years old.

717-337-9151

20 East High Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Shop, stay, play!

717-337-9705
800-868-7553

1863 Gettysburg Village Drive,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Celebrating its 15th season in 2019-2020, Gettysburg College's Majestic Theater keeps audiences applauding year round!

717-337-8200

25 Carlisle Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Gettysburg Community Theatre is a not-for-profit community theatre organization offering performances and classes year-round in musical theatre.

717-334-2692

49 York Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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The Center presents various performances from pop to bluegrass, Motown to gospel, orchestras to bands, Broadway to dance & children's shows.

717-477-SHOW(7469)

Shippensburg University,
1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257

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Totem Pole always promises a star or two on the stage. You never know who will appear on our stage. In 2016, Loretta Swit of TV's Mash appeared in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks and in 2015 Melissa Gilbert of Little House on the Prairie appeared in Steel Magnolias.

717-352-2164
1-888-805-7056

9555 Golf Course Road,
Fayetteville, PA 17222

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1863 Escape Room gives its participants the opportunity to solve a Civil War mystery within one hour. As the suspense, excitement, and intrigue build, you will work as a team using your best intuition, instinct, and logic to become a "hero" before time runs out. Proudly located in historic downtown!

717-420-2409

344 Baltimore Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Make history with Gettysburg's first live Escape Room. Looking for something fun and different to do while in Gettysburg? You have exactly one hour to escape a fun themed room full of clues and puzzles with a team. Will you escape in time?

717-769-5397
717 420-2481

59 North Fifth Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Do you have what it takes to Escape Confusion? Work together as a team to solve puzzles and escape from one of our unique rooms in 60 minutes or less!

717-698-3088

12 Carlisle Street,
3rd Floor, Hanover, PA 17331

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We invite you to our high-end salon and spa for the Lush experience. We offer services including nails, hair, brows, make-up, lashes and waxing. You'll leave feeling beautiful, inside and out.

717-797-6910

117 Frederick Street (rear),
Hanover, PA 17331

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THE source for therapeutic massage in the Gettysburg area.

717-253-0836

153 Carlisle Street,
Second Floor, Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Gettysburg Day Spa is a full-service salon and spa offering touch, rest, relief from stress and improvement of health and well being.

717-334-8423

730 Chambersburg Road,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Stop by for yoga classes, Reiki services and wellness programs or reach out to us about our professional and organizational development events. We are proud to be a part of Gettysburg and want to give back to you.

717-420-5877

48 York Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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UTZ snacks deliver freshness you can taste in every satisfying crunch. See how we create the taste through a factory tour.

717-637-6644

900 High Street,
Hanover, PA 17331

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Now open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, featuring over 50,000 square feet of entertaining sights and smells you can only find at an authentic market.

717-646-1649

1649 Broadway ,
(Rt.194), Hanover, PA 17331

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Looking for a little extra fun - you've found it at the Carlisle Sports Emporium, a mega entertainment complex with over 75,000 sq.ft. of indoor and outdoor fun. Located just north of Gettysburg, we offer fun for all ages.

717-258-4741

29 S. Middlesex Road,
Carlisle, PA 17015

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