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Winter Family Fun in Gettysburg

We know how stir crazy the kids, and the adults, can get during the wintertime. Pack the family up and head to Gettysburg for a long weekend!

Day 1

We know how stir crazy the kids, and the adults, can get during the wintertime. Pack the family up and head to Gettysburg for a long weekend!

Begin your day with some hands-on fun! Try out a kid-friendly art class at the Adams County Arts Council or Under the Horizon, or perhaps a cooking class at one of our farm markets. Learn something new and create memories together that you’ll cherish throughout the years. There’s also a great kid’s museum to check out, Explore & More Children’s Museum, with hands-on crafts, experiments, dress up and more.

Next, head to Liberty Mountain Resort just outside of Gettysburg for some outdoor fun. If you’re a family of adventurers, hit the mountain for some skiing or snowboarding. If snow tubing is more your speed, head up to Boulder Ridge to slide down the mountain. The kids will have a blast and dining options are conveniently located right on site, because you’re sure to work up an appetite.

End your day with a delicious dinner in historic Gettysburg and a fun game of bowling at Rockwell Lanes Bowling Center. Check in to one of our affordable accommodations – you’ll need your rest for tomorrow’s activities!

Day 2

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at your accommodation before heading to Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. You can check out the film, museum and cyclorama, or if you’re looking for something new, bring the kids to the Winter Reading Adventures program at the Visitor Center. They’re bound to fall in love with history. *Note: The Winter Reading Adventures program is cancelled until further notice due to the government shutdown.

Next, hit the town for some shopping. Two must-sees for the kids are Sweeet! THE Candy Store in Gettysburg, PA! and Nerd Herd Gifts & Games. What kid doesn’t love a store with tantalizing candy lining every shelf? And at Nerd Herd they can try out all the latest games, toys and gadgets. There are many amazing restaurants nearby to choose from when hunger strikes.

When you’re done exploring town, we recommend heading back to Liberty Mountain Resort for some more winter fun. Their ice-skating rink is absolutely beautiful in the evenings. And if you're up for a slight detour, don’t miss your chance to stop at Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium along the way!

Day 3

If you’re looking for one last stop to hit on the way home, head to Carlisle Sports Emporium about 35 miles north of Gettysburg in Carlisle, Pa. The family will be entertained for hours with laser tag, a virtual reality gaming system, indoor go-kart racing, an arcade, roller skating and batting cages. Good luck getting the kids to go home after this stop!

 

Check out this list for more family-friendly attractions in Gettysburg.

 

 

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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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You may not be an artist when you enter Under The Horizon, but you will be one when you leave. Pottery, Ceramics, drawing, painting and so much more! All ages and abilities welcomed with open arms. UTH is Faith-In-Action. We are here-to-serve!

717-752-4593

2650 Biglerville Road,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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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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Yes, we are open even in the winter! We still have apples in our bins, delicious baked goods, produce and wonderful gift items. And there is no prettier snow scene than the rows of trees dressed in snow. So come and get a cup of mulled hot cider to stay warm while you shop.

717-677-8412
717-677-9494

545 Carlisle Road,
Biglerville, PA 17307

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Shop for your local, organic produce, pastured raised meats, & more organic products at Oyler's. We're open year-round!

717-677-8411
717-321-4657

400 Pleasant Valley Road,
Biglerville, PA 17307

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Liberty Mountain Resort is a four season, full service resort featuring skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing, golf, extensive meeting a special event spaces, a salon & spa, restaurants and lodging. Hotel guests will enjoy our indoor salt water pool, fitness room and other amenities.

717-642-8282

78 Country Club Trail,
Carroll Valley, PA 17320

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A 17,000 sq. ft. social gathering place in Gettysburg, PA offering 18 Bowling Lanes featuring both Tenpins and Duckpins as well as a Cafe, an Arcade and a Pro Shop.

717-677-9542

2855 Biglerville Road,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Start your Gettysburg visit here. Familiarize yourself with the Battle of Gettysburg. See the film A New Birth of Freedom. Experience the historic Cyclorama painting with light and sound effects. Explore the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War. Visit the battlefield with a Licensed Guide.

717-338-1243
877-874-2478

1195 Baltimore Pike,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Everyone is a kid in our candy store. Stop in to discover over 2,000 items. Check out retro candies, old-fashioned glass bottled sodas, modern candies and more.

717-339-0039

100 Baltimore Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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"Because everyone's a nerd about something" - Mr. Jones

717-334-6373

10 York Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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See over 10,000 elephants. Home to one of the most unique gift shops with plush room, Pez & magnet room, & the largest candy display in the territory!

717-352-3792
717-873-5145

6019 Chambersburg Road,
Orrtanna, PA 17353

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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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