Rightfully so, touring Gettysburg National Military Park is high on the to-do list of most people traveling to Gettysburg, Pa. The 6,000-acre Civil War military park is steeped in history and holds the stories and legacies of the thousands of soldiers who fought here during the Battle of Gettysburg. Because there is so much history to discover, and so many ways in which to discover it, we’ve broken down the options of touring the battlefield for you.
Whether you’ve never toured the Gettysburg battlefield and need a place to start, or if you’ve toured it many times and are just looking for a new perspective, check out our list of ways to tour the battlefield in Gettysburg!
Experience the Gettysburg battlefield from a higher perspective while riding a horse. Gettysburg has many horse tour companies to choose from, all offering memorable experiences, and most offering Licensed Battlefield Guide tours. You don’t have to be experienced to take a horse tour in Gettysburg – your guides will be sure to acquaint you with your horse and make sure you are comfortable before you depart. If you have a horse of your own, the Gettysburg battlefield is a great place to visit for a day of riding. Just grab a map of the horse trails on the battlefield before you begin.
If you’re looking for an in-depth and personalized tour of the battlefield, hire a Licensed Battlefield Guide to show you the way. A Licensed Battlefield Guide will find what interests your group the most and provide a tour of the battlefield designed specifically for you. You can sit back and take it all in, as they drive your car for you, telling stories of the battle and answering any and all questions that you may have.
Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tours offers several options for those looking to tour the battlefield on a bus. Take a dramatized audio bus tour, where the sound of a Hollywood cast of actors and technicians recreate the Battle of Gettysburg throughout the tour. Or, hear the stories and insights of the battle on a tour with a Licensed Battlefield Guide. If you want to feel the wind blowing through your hair, be sure to book a spot on the double decker bus!
If relaxing in a horse-drawn carriage sounds more appealing to you, you can do that in Gettysburg, too. Take a step back in time and take in the sights of the battlefield at a leisurely pace with a horse-drawn carriage tour of the battlefield. Horse Tours of Gettysburg offers a variety of horse-drawn Licensed Battlefield Guide tours – some offering an overview of the Battle of Gettysburg as well as more in-depth special topic tours. Once you’ve done the battlefield, be sure to check out their horse-drawn carriage town tours as well!
Lace up your walking shoes and explore Gettysburg National Military Park on foot! Choose a section of the battlefield and walk in the footsteps of soldiers. Try one of these eight great battlefield walks and hikes. Or make your way through these seven secrets of the Gettysburg battlefield. For more of a guided walking experience, Gettysburg National Military Park offers free Park Ranger-led battlefield walks throughout the year that help to tell the many stories of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Sometimes, getting a little help navigating the battlegrounds at Gettysburg can go a long way. Many of our visitors love the luxury of touring Gettysburg National Military Park at their own pace with the help of a guided program – a CD for their car or a downloadable app. You can take your time, or fast-forward for a quicker tour, all with the help of Gettysburg Battlefield Self-Guided Tour by Action Tour Guide and Battlefield Driving Tours.
There are several options for self-guided tours of the Gettysburg battlefield which enable you to tour in your own time and in your own way. Stop by the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center or Destination Gettysburg to pick up an auto-tour map. These maps highlight key locations on the battlefield with brief descriptions of each stop. Or download an app that takes you through an auto tour of the park.
With 6,000 acres of park and many ways to explore it, touring the battlefield is something that you can do again and again while continuing to experience something new. What ways will you tour the battlefield?