It is never too early to bring the kids to Gettysburg – give them a taste of history, mix in some other fun, and you have a recipe for the perfect family vacation!
Arrive Friday evening, grab a bite to eat at one of our outside dining options – Farnsworth House has a great garden or grab a slice of pizza at Tommy’s Pizza, Inc. Afterward, stroll the streets and check out a few shops. The kids will love Sweeet! THE Candy Store in Gettysburg, PA! and Nerd Herd Gifts & Games with a giant chess board outside. Head back to the campground for s’mores by the campfire – don’t worry, all of our campgrounds have cabins, too, no need to rough it if you aren’t into that.
Grab a bite to eat and head out for a little history. Depending on the age of your kids, you need to ease them into things, but still find an interesting story for yourself to enjoy, too. The Shriver House Museum is a guided tour of the home of the Shrivers, who actually lived in the house during the battle. They, too, had kids – two young girls. Hear their story, and think about what your family would have seen and done.
Also great for kids is Civil War Tails at the Homestead Diorama Museum, LLC. They’ll be fascinated by the battle scenes depicted by little cat soldiers!
Grab a bite to eat and then some ice cream to cool down before you hit the double decker bus tour. Even if the kids aren’t into the battlefield tour, they will think it is super cool to sit on top of the bus as they cross the scenic battlefield. After all that sightseeing, it is time to hit the pool before dinner.
After dinner, grab a ghost tour. Don’t worry, they really aren’t too scary, unless your kids are into that sort of thing, then you can find one that takes it up a notch. The really scary part is that our ghost tours highlight the historical happenings that brought about the spirits, so the kids may learn something along the way.
Your trip isn’t over after breakfast – you have at least two more stops before you head home. Make plans to see the countryside. Top two options for your family fun are Land of Little Horses or pick-your-own at one of our fruit farms. Adams County is not only home to Gettysburg, but amazing farm country and you have to see it – and taste it – to really enjoy it. Whether you want to see a show and feed the animals or head out into the berry patches or orchards to bring home our local fruit of the season, you will definitely enjoy your time with nature make family memories.
For more ideas, check out these 12 Family-Friendly Attractions in Gettysburg.