Category: Family Fun
10 Safe Things to do With Your Kids in Gettysburg This Summer
July 23, 2020
2020 has thrown a lot of curve balls our way, and by now the kids are probably begging to get out and explore. Gettysburg has safety measures in place including a statewide mask mandate and social distancing protocols so you can safely bring your family for a visit. For the most up-to-date COVID-19 safety guidelines, head to our Safe Travel page. Check out this list of ten safe Gettysburg experiences to do with your kids this summer.1. Take a Walk in Nature Head to the Strawberry Hill nature preserve or one of our nearby state parks and follow the trails ... Read This Story
10 Things to do in Gettysburg this Winter
January 14, 2020
Gettysburg, Pa., is an incredible year-round travel destination. Not only is the area home to a premier ski resort, there is such a variety of things to choose from to create an amazing winter getaway. Whether you’re looking for active winter fun, a foodie getaway or just some great relaxation, make the Gettysburg area your winter getaway destination. Take a look at the list below for 10 amazing things to do this winter in Gettysburg.Get Adventurous at Liberty Mountain Ski Resort
No matter your winter sport of choice, you can do it all from Liberty Mountain Resort. Liberty Mountain offers both ... Read This Story
Twelve Ways to Get in the Holiday Spirit in Gettysburg
November 27, 2019
The holiday season is here, and if you are hoping to feel merry and bright, Gettysburg is the place to be. Gather your family and friends and plan a December getaway to Gettysburg to experience everything the holiday season has to offer. Here are 12 ways to get in the holiday spirit in Gettysburg!Visit Lincoln Square and Downtown Gettysburg
Gettysburg’s historic town center – Lincoln Square – is a must-see during the holiday season. Stroll the streets and take in all of the charm as you admire the brightly lit Christmas tree and holiday decor throughout town. Tackle your Christmas shopping list ... Read This Story
Gettysburg’s Historic Home Tours
August 14, 2019
If walls could talk, there are many homes in Gettysburg that would have captivating stories to tell. Thankfully, those stories from the past are being kept alive through the many historic home tours in the Gettysburg area. When you’re looking to dive deeper into Gettysburg’s history, here are 10 historic home tours to check out!
Note: Many of these historic home tours have hours that change seasonally. Be sure to check with the location on seasonal hours before visiting.Shriver House Museum – The Civilian Experience View this post on Instagram ... Read This Story
Li’l Lincoln in Gettysburg
July 12, 2019
He’s little, he’s fun… and oh so photogenic! Take Li’l Lincoln along with you on all of your Gettysburg adventures!
Be sure to post your Li’l Lincoln photos to social media and participate in our monthly #LilLincoln Instagram contest! All that you need to do to enter is take Li’l Lincoln with you on your trip to Gettysburg and snap some photos. Post your favorites to Instagram using the hashtag #LilLincoln. We’ll choose one #LilLincoln photo winner at the end of each month!
Visit our website to download and print your own Li’l Lincoln before your trip, or visit the ... Read This Story
10 Experiences To Have This Summer In Gettysburg
June 20, 2019
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 View this post on Instagram ... Read This Story
Can’t-Miss Summer Events in Gettysburg
June 13, 2019
Festival season is upon us, and the Gettysburg area is delivering this summer with so many festivals to enjoy. We’ve rounded up a list of ones that can’t be missed – there’s something for everyone on this list!
These summer festivals and events are listed in chronological order – pick your favorite and get ready to make your own history in Gettysburg this summer!American Odyssey Relay Race, April 24-25 View this post on Instagram
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Things To Do With Kids In Gettysburg
February 28, 2019
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is an excellent destination for families with kids. The area offers a small-town feel, yet boasts a large variety of experiences that both parents and kids can enjoy.
We wanted to provide you a guide that will help you plan your family’s getaway to Gettysburg. No matter the ages or interests of your kids, we know you’ll find something in the list below that will provide your family with those vacation memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you are a parent or a grandparent, grab a notebook and pen, take a look at the guide below and start ... Read This Story
Pizza Night in Gettysburg
February 21, 2019
What better way to spend the day than with a cheesy pizza pie shared with friends and family in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania? Gettysburg is quickly becoming known as a culinary destination – and whether you like a fancier pie, or something more traditional, we have you covered! Here are our recommendations for the best places for pizza night!Tommy’s Pizza
A favorite by many locals and visitors alike, Tommy’s Pizza has mastered the recipe for a perfect pizza. The dough is the best combination of crispy and doughy, the sauce is hearty and flavorful and the cheese bubbles over the crust in ... Read This Story
Things to Do for Under $20 in Gettysburg
January 30, 2019
We know that vacations can get expensive. After adding up all the costs, something that is supposed to be relaxing can turn into a stressor. The good news is, you don’t have to break your budget to vacation in Gettysburg. From history to the paranormal and family-friendly attractions to a trail of adult beverages, we’ve compiled a list of things to do for under $20 (per person) in Gettysburg!Museums
We have museums for all ages and interests here in Gettysburg – and the good news is that they won’t break the bank! Many people like to begin their trip with a ... Read This Story
Comfort Foods to Try in Gettysburg
December 20, 2018
Sometimes in life, you want fresh and healthy food, and sometimes you want straight up comfort. This list is for the latter, for when you are looking for an indulgent, warming and comforting bite to eat. From soups to sandwiches, from shareable appetizers to classic comfort dishes, check out the list below for some of the most delicious comfort foods in Gettysburg.Baked King’s Onion Soup at the Dobbin House Tavern
There’s nothing more comforting than a piping hot cup of soup. The Dobbin House Tavern’s baked king’s onion soup is a customer favorite, rightfully so. It’s made from scratch, with beef ... Read This Story
Take a Walk in President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Footsteps
October 25, 2018
On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a 272-word speech to dedicate a new National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the site of the three day Battle of Gettysburg. Although both his time in Gettysburg and the speech that he made were brief, his words have echoed throughout history and his Gettysburg Address has become one of the most recognized and well-known speeches in American history. Today, you can not only witness Lincoln’s impact throughout the town of Gettysburg, you can actually walk in his footsteps. Check out these five locations to walk in Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg footsteps!Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad ... Read This Story
Walk in General Eisenhower’s Footsteps – 5 Spots to Visit in Gettysburg
September 13, 2018
General Dwight D. Eisenhower was a resident of Gettysburg not only during his later years, but also early in his military career as the commander of Camp Colt, a tank training camp on the fields of Pickett’s Charge, during World War I. During both of those experiences, Eisenhower could be found throughout the town and the battlefields in service of his country as well as his family. The homes where he lived, buildings where he worked and battlefields he lead through can all be seen today across the town. Lace up your boots and visit these 5 places where you ... Read This Story
10 “Instagrammable” Spots in Gettysburg
August 22, 2018
With it’s remarkable history, gorgeous countryside views and spunky personality, the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is full of photo opportunities to remember your travels and make your friends jealous of the adventures you took! Take a look at our list of these perfect “Instagrammable” spots in Gettysburg.1. Little Round Top
Little Round Top offers a stunning view of a picturesque portion of Gettysburg National Military Park. It’s also the site of the General Warren monument, a favorite among many. Take a selfie with these breathtaking views in the background for a still capture of your Gettysburg memories or grab a shot ... Read This Story
What kind of traveler are you?
July 26, 2018
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania offers such diverse experiences that draw a variety of travelers to the area. From foodies to history buffs, from outdoor lovers to the family traveler… there is a little bit of something for everyone. With so many options on things to do, we thought we’d help you narrow it down based on how you prefer to travel. Take this quiz to find out what kind of traveler you are, and based on your results, we’ll give you some recommendations on things to do while visiting the Gettysburg area.
And share with us in the comments below – what kind ... Read This Story
Making the Most of Gettysburg in a Day
July 10, 2018
For most travelers, Gettysburg is a place that takes at least a few days to experience. Even then, it sometimes takes a trip back to fit in the rest. The historic town, the hallowed battlegrounds and scenic countryside all give visitors a unique look into this small Pennsylvania community.
But, sometimes, visitors can be short on time, and want to make the best of just a day in Gettysburg. It’s tough to determine what, however, to include in a day-trip. Check out the ideas below for how to spend one day in Gettysburg!A Day for History Lovers
If you’re traveling for Gettysburg’s ... Read This Story
Where to Find Living History in Gettysburg
May 24, 2018
One of the best ways to experience history is to watch it come alive right in front of you. Living historians, encampments and presentations are found throughout Gettysburg starting in spring and usually ending late fall. Dedicated re-enactors embody famous generals, common soldiers and civilians who will engage with spectators giving them a deeper understanding of history. We’ve put together a 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.Gettysburg National Military Park
Gettysburg National Military Park hosts ... Read This Story
May 3, 2018
Adams County, Pennsylvania is the fruit belt, technically we are part of it, but once you have made a trip here you will understand exactly what we mean. Our fresh fruit includes every berry imaginable – melons, 100 varieties of apples, 30 varieties of blueberries, peaches, apricots, plums, the list goes on and on! The best part of this, is that throughout the summer and early fall, several of our farms offer pick-your-own – talk about truly knowing where your food comes from!
June really kicks off the picking season with sweet and sour cherries at Boyer Nurseries & Orchards. These ... Read This Story
Eight Great Gettysburg Battlefield Hikes & Walks
April 5, 2018
There is an abundance of ways to tour Gettysburg National Military Park. Each place takes visitors to unique vantage points and provides different perspectives of the three-day battle throughout the 6,000-acre park.
But often it’s the pace that can make the biggest difference, and that’s no more noticeable than by tackling the hallowed grounds by foot. While there are trails at Gettysburg National Military Park that some would consider a good hike, much of the battlefield’s pedestrians pathways are more in line with walking than hiking.
Touring the battlefield by foot not only gives travelers an up-close look at where history happened, ... Read This Story
10 Travel Tips for Your Vacation to Gettysburg
January 25, 2018
Your first trip to Gettysburg can often be full of questions… Where do I start? How long should I stay? Where should I eat? Gettysburg has so much to offer, and it can often be difficult to plan your trip if you haven’t traveled here before, or you haven’t visited since that 7th grade field trip you took when you were in school.
Destination Gettysburg is here to help! We asked our veteran Gettysburg visitors for their best Gettysburg travel advice. Check out their travel tips and suggestions.
1. “Start at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Explore the ... Read This Story
The Magic of Snow Tubing at Liberty Mountain Resort
January 4, 2018
By Paige Neidig – Growing up, my family and some of our friends would go snow tubing every winter. My mom would tightly bundle me up in snow gear, layer after layer, until I could barely move, but that didn’t stop me from sprinting to the tubing area to pick out what I deemed to be the fastest tube. I remember racing down the hill in competition with my friends over and over again, making for one of the best nights I’d have all winter.
Fast forward many years to this winter. My friend, Kody, and I get stir crazy easily. We’re ... Read This Story
Homeschool Field Trip to Gettysburg: 7 Spots You Don’t Want to Miss
August 24, 2017
It’s that time of year again when school starts up for children around the country, including the estimated 1.5 million homeschool students that not only get their first glimpses of their curriculum and homework assignments, but to plan field trips that bring their studies to life.
Gettysburg and the surrounding countryside is an amazing outdoor classroom. With the iconic Civil War battlefield, hands-on museums and tours, as well as a unique farming community, homeschool field trips to the region are an amazing way to learn about a variety of subjects.
As always, it’s hard to narrow down our favorites, but we’ve selected ... Read This Story
Top Patriotic Experiences in Gettysburg
June 29, 2017
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania has often been described as one of the most patriotic places in the country. Throughout the year, there are attractions and events that celebrate and commemorate Gettysburg’s – and America’s – rich history. Patriotism is the pride and devotion to one’s country and Gettysburg gives visitors ample opportunities to feel just that. Here’s a list of places and events you can visit if you’re feeling patriotic in your travels to Gettysburg.Gettysburg National Military Park
The biggest draw to Gettysburg is the history and Gettysburg National Military Park is the heart of that rich history. Walk the same paths that ... Read This Story
Dog-tripping in Gettysburg, Pa.
November 3, 2016
By Nicole Absher – There are so many exciting ways to experience everything Gettysburg has to offer. One of my favorite ways to explore the destination is to take my dog, Payton, around town. Last week I decided to take Payton on another “paw-some” adventure in Gettysburg!
Tails on the Battlefield
The Gettysburg battlefield is an extraordinary experience for both visitors and residents alike, especially in the fall. Having been on several guided battlefield tours myself, I find that one of my favorite stops is the Pennsylvania State Memorial. Although Payton didn’t want to go to the very top of the monument, ... Read This Story
Top 10 Things to be Excited for in Gettysburg this Fall
September 22, 2016
By Paige Neidig – There is something about autumn that awakens the senses! We gaze upon the beauty of vibrant and colorful leaves falling from the trees, smell a campfire on a crisp fall night, hear leaves crunch beneath our feet as we walk, taste freshly baked pies of the apple and pumpkin variety and feel the warmth of a cozy sweater wrapped close around us during these fall days and nights. In Gettysburg, these 10 things will give you all of the fall feels!
1. Fall Foliage
Gettysburg is beautiful any time of year. However, take a carriage ride on the ... Read This Story
Four Unique Experiences Only Found in Adams County, Pa.
September 2, 2016
By Paige Neidig – Are you looking for something new to do during your next vacation to Gettysburg? Mix things up with one of these unique experiences right here in the Gettysburg area. I bet you didn’t know Gettysburg is the home to 12,000 elephants, cat soldiers, a piano-playing pig and the world’s largest ball of ties!
1. Civil War Tails at the Homestead Diorama MuseumBoth history buffs and cat lovers must check out Civil War Tails! Twin sisters Ruth and Rebecca Brown began making clay cat soldiers at 11 years old. Yes, the soldiers are actually miniature cats. They turned ... Read This Story
Nine Ways to Experience Gettysburg for Free
August 25, 2016
Gettysburg has always been known as an affordable destination. With inexpensive lodging, dining and attractions, it’s a great destination for a variety of travelers, especially families.
And there’s no price more affordable than free.
The region boasts a variety of free activities, museums and tours that make the trip enjoyable and give visitors some extra money for a nice dinner or souvenir.
We’ve compiled our list of free experiences in and around Gettysburg. Whether you are on a low budget or not, these free experiences in and around Gettysburg are worth discovering.
Gettysburg National Military Park
Gettysburg National Military Park draws nearly more than ... Read This Story
All Aboard in Gettysburg, Pa.
August 12, 2016
By Paige Neidig – The history of Gettysburg, Pa., runs deep through the town. Also running through this small historic town is a distinguished railroad story, dating back to just a few years prior to the epic Civil War battle that stormed Gettysburg in 1863.
Much of Abraham Lincoln’s story, in fact, centers around the railroad and his journey to deliver the Gettysburg Address. And while the tale of the 16th president writing the speech on the back on an envelope on the way to Gettysburg is not true, his train ride and arrival in Gettysburg to the sights and sounds ... Read This Story
Take a hike! Our Top 5 Favorites near Gettysburg, Pa.
March 2, 2016
By Carl Whitehill – As we transition from winter into the warmer spring months, there’s nothing that my family enjoys more than lacing up our hiking boots and hitting the trails. It’s our way, I suppose, of finally breaking free of a life indoors and stretching our legs with Mother Nature.
My sons, ages 5 and 6, still prefer a walk in the woods over television, computers and video games and I want to foster that interest as much as I can.
Gettysburg is uniquely positioned between three state parks, several wildlife preserves and a beautiful 6,000-acre battlefield that attracts history buffs ... Read This Story
A Guide to Connect with Gettysburg’s “Night Life”
October 13, 2015
By Lynneah Smith – In the depths of the shadowy streets of downtown, amid the treacherous grasslands of the bloodiest Civil War battle, a whisper in the dark or a remnant of an illuminating figure seizes the hearts of daring souls brave enough to search through the past of the haunted town of Gettysburg.
As the imminent dark nights hastily consume the sun-shining days of summer, fall eerily lurks around the corner and with it, Halloween. Ideal for this time of the year, Gettysburg offers ominous candlelight tours and paranormal investigations, in which visitors can experience the frightening mysteries and happenings ... Read This Story