Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is best known for its Civil War history, but the town and surrounding countryside are filled with a variety of authentic, unique experiences. From orchard-covered hills and tasty craft beverages to gorgeous sunsets and epic festivals, Adams County is a place you must experience this summer.
Make this summer the summer of new experiences. Use our list below to create your own Gettysburg summer bucket-list, and let us know which experiences you include in your summer plans!
Pick your own fruit
If you’ve ever wanted to taste a piece of fruit straight from the tree, Gettysburg is the place to be this summer! You won’t taste anything as good as the cherries, blueberries and apples that you can pick on your own at Adams County’s fruit farms. If you aren’t up for collecting your own fruits, don’t worry – you can simply browse the already harvested fruits at the many countryside markets in the Gettysburg area.
Tour a historic home
History abounds in Gettysburg, and that history exists not only at Gettysburg National Military Park, but throughout the entire town. Step inside Gettysburg’s Civil War era homes and learn the stories of what happened to the citizens of Gettysburg during the three-day battle in 1863. Gettysburg’s historic home tours offer a glimpse of what it was like to be a civilian when war came to town.
Watch the sun rise or set
We have yet to find someone who disagrees – Gettysburg has the best sunrises and sunsets, and summer is a fantastic time to enjoy Mother Nature’s beauty. Watching the sun come up is an amazing way to greet a vacation day in Gettysburg. Follow the sunrise with an amazing hike or walk on the battlefield. And after a day of exploring, watching the sun go down (especially at one of these 10 amazing sunset views!) is the perfect way to wind down and reflect on a fun day.
Cool off with a sweet treat
There’s no better way to cool off from summer’s heat than with a sweet, creamy cone from one of Gettysburg’s ice cream shops. Whether you’re into classic vanilla or an epic sundae, you’ll find something to satisfy your sweet tooth in Gettysburg!
Travel the Adams County Pour Tour
Discovering Adams County’s craft beverage scene has never been easier, or more fun! Grab an Adams County Pour Tour trail map and plan your route. Taste the craft beer, wine, spirits, cider and mead along the trail, and be sure to get your passport stamped for each new beverage you try, as you earn prizes for filling your passport!
Attend a festival
Summer is not complete without attending a festival, and Gettysburg is delivering this year with an abundance of summer festivals and events to choose from! From music and food, to history and heritage, Gettysburg’s summer festivals cover a variety of interests.
Get spooked on a ghost tour
If you’ve never been on a ghost tour, add it to your bucket list this summer. Whether you believe in the paranormal or not, a ghost tour in Gettysburg is a fun way to experience another part of the local culture. Explore the streets, homes, taverns and fields around town, hearing spooky tales of the paranormal along the way.
Kick back while camping
Bring the entire family – and perhaps the four-legged members, too – and connect with nature with a camping trip to Gettysburg this summer. There are so many campgrounds to choose from in the area, and some offer cabins if you’d prefer to reside indoors. Don’t forget the graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows!
Dive into living history
One of the best ways to experience history is to watch it come alive right in front of you. Living historians, encampments and presentations can be found throughout Gettysburg all summer long. Check out this list of living history hot spots where there’s a good chance you’ll find your favorite Civil War general leading drills or a platoon winding down after a days battle in an encampment.
Listen to live music
After a day exploring the town and battlefield, kick back and enjoy some local tunes and perhaps a beverage or two at one of the many Gettysburg area restaurants, breweries and wineries that feature live, local musicians throughout the week. The Adams County Pour Tour’s Summer Concert Series makes finding that live music even easier – follow their event calendar to see what bands are playing during your vacation.
Here’s to the summer of 2019! We hope to see you in Gettysburg!