10 Things to Do in Gettysburg That You Shouldn't Miss

March 3, 2018 Janean Rudisill

Gettysburg is steeped in the history of the Civil War. In 1863, it was the site of the epic Battle of Gettysburg, in which some 50,000 soldiers were killed. It is also, of course, the place where Abraham Lincoln delivered the immortal Gettysburg Address. The town itself is made up of houses, hotels and taverns dating back several centuries, but Gettysburg offers more modern travel and leisure activities, as well, like wine tastings, orchard tours, shopping and golfing.
Restaurants in Gettysburg

1. Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides

Gettysburg, PA +1 717-337-1709
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Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides

Reviewed By karenveebanks - Danbury, Connecticut

You really need to have a private tour to appreciate the intense battles that took place on these hallowed grounds. Howard Wallace was our guide and he was wonderful. He gave so much detail about the sections of the battlefield that we visited. We never would have known some of the stories had we toured on our own.
We plan to return for another visit and another guided tour.

2. Gettysburg National Military Park

1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325-7034 +1 717-334-1124
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Gettysburg National Military Park

The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee's second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the "High Water Mark of the Rebellion", Gettysburg was the Civil War's bloodiest battle and was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln's immortal "Gettysburg Address".

Reviewed By Lisa H - Brisbane, Australia

You really appreciate the care and maintenance that goes into this special place.

It has monuments that memorialise sacrifices made by soldiers from the North & the South- it doesn’t matter what rank they were.

Our tour guide asked us to be respectful of the monuments & the location - which we understood & respected.

Sadly there were families with kids running around, sitting on rock monuments, taking photos, & talking loudly (yelling and playing).

The information signs were very helpful. Thank you to everyone involved in looking after this site, it’s obviously a labour of love.

3. Little Round Top

Gettysburg, PA +1 717-334-2436
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Little Round Top

Reviewed By DiscountKing - Seneca, Pennsylvania, United States

Little Round Top provides visitors with a spectacular view for miles around. The Union soldiers; even though smaller in number, had advanced warning as the Confederate soldiers approached. I was able to visualize the fighting on the hillside.

You can drive or take the tour bus to the top of the hill and walk the paths and even climb up the tower.

Free Parking. Free for self-guided tour.

4. Devils Den

Gettysburg, PA 17325 +1 866-889-1243
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Devils Den

Devils Den is a rock formation that can be explored by the whole family. Located in the middle of Gettysburg National Military Park below Little Round Top. The rock formation is interesting enough to warrant a 2 hour excursion and is a great place for children to get some energy out.

Reviewed By jlantern3 - Columbia, South Carolina

located down below from little round top- one can easily park and explore the rock formations. Take care when climbing. I was brace and crawl underneath the rocks- powerful experience

5. Gettysburg National Cemetery

97 Taneytown Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2804 +1 717-334-1124
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Gettysburg National Cemetery

Reviewed By History-Nerd-Jim - Amenia, New York

The Gettysburg National Cemetery is a place of historical significance that allows people to reflect on the sacrifices of our servicemen who answered the call to preserve our country. You can stand near the site where President Lincoln gave his now famous speech on November 19th, 1863 when the ground was dedicated. The cemetery also contains the first memorial placed on the field. It honors the members of the 1st Minnesota Infantry who fell at Gettysburg.

6. Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center

1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325-7034 +1 717-338-1243
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Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center

"A New Birth of Freedom," narrated by Morgan Freeman, orients you to the battle; then see the sights and hear the sounds of the battle in the historic Cyclorama Painting Experience. Finally, tour the museum, packed with original artifacts and interactive exhibits. Tickets and shuttle bus to Eisenhower National Historic Site and seasonal programs at Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital from Visitor Center. Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, USA Today Top 10 Places to Visit, AAA Gem. Purchase tickets prior to your arrival online and reserve a Battlefield Guide (licensed through the National Park Service) through the Gettysburg Foundation, non-profit partner to the National Park Service at Gettysburg. Admission fee for Cyclorama, Film and Museum. Entry to Visitor Center, Museum Bookstore and Refreshment Saloon is free.

Reviewed By Viajante-gigante - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The museum should be your first stop on a visit to Gettysburg. Lots of interesting exhibits, programs, films, and books to provide context for your visit. What's more, the cafeteria isn't bad. Parking can be tight on the weekends if you arrive too late in...MoreHi, Viajante-gigante. Yes, we agree the Museum & Visitor Center should be your first stop when you arrive in town. Then, you'll be prepared for your battlefield tour.

7. Shriver House Museum

309 Baltimore St, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2602 +1 717-337-2800
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Shriver House Museum

You may know what happened on battlefield...but do you know what happened to the families and their homes in town? The Shriver House Museum is an award-winning Civil War museum dedicated to the civilian experience during the Battle of Gettysburg. The story is told through the eyes of the Shriver family, whose ancestors settled in the area in the 1700s. While George Shriver served in the Union army, his wife, Hettie, was worried about the safety of their daughters, Mollie (5) and Sadie (7), as well as their home. When soldiers filled the streets of Gettysburg, Hettie (27) chose to take her children back to her family's farm three miles south of town, by Big Round Top; where she thought they would be out of harm's way. Hettie could not know she jumped from the frying pan into the fire or that her unoccupied home would offer the Rebels an outstanding view of Union ground. It was quickly commandeered by Confederates to set up a sharpshooters' nest in the attic. Today the Shrivers' home appears much the same way it did when it was built in 1860, just a few months before the Civil War began. Guides in period dress recount the harrowing story of the Shriver family's experiences as you walk through their home - from the Confederate sharpshooters' nest in the attic, through their finely-appointed home, to Shriver's Saloon in the cellar. The story of George Shriver was not well-known until 1996 when his house, which sat abandoned for nearly 30 years, was painstakingly restored to its original appearance. Today the Shrivers' story is one of the most intriguing stories told when it comes to the civilian aspect of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Reviewed By USFFrank - Orlando, FL

Took the Candlelight Christmas tour which is offered at the Shriver House on selected Friday & Saturday evenings during the Holiday season. The house is decorated for Christmas as it would have been in the 1860's. Very nice tour that goes through out the house and tells the tale of the Shriver's 5 Christmases' spent there.

65 Steinwehr Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2811 +1 717-337-9393
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Gibson's Photographic Gallery

Reviewed By Arch L

We had the pleasure of being photographed by Mr Gibson. He was very patient with us and my little one. He explained the process and gave us options. He went through the costumes with us and helped us get dressed. We had the options of confederate or Union or civilian. I had an option of day dress or ball gown. He gave the boys weapons and me a shawl. He gave us our positions as we started the shoot. We had to stay still for 18 sec. I think my little one may have moved so he took another one just to make sure we were completely satisfied. He let us understand and watch the wet plate process. He loves his job and is very knowledgeable. Its $85 for the tin plate, $10 for a little card, $25 for a cd. It's worth a souvenir. It's such a great experience!

9. Gettysburg Museum of History

219 Baltimore St, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2315 +1 717-337-2035
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Gettysburg Museum of History

The Museum that was featured on History's "American Picker's" The Gettysburg Museum Of History has over 4,000 artifacts on display. The Museum is FREE TO THE PUBLIC! The Museum covers all areas of American History. Military and Political History are the focus with some pop culture covered. Some highlights include: A lock of George and Martha Washington's hair, Abraham Lincoln's wallet and opera glasses,John Wilkes Booth's splint relic, the largest collection of Gettysburg battlefield relics on display in Gettysburg, an autograph or manuscript from each president, Harry Truman's hat, Dwight D. Eisenhower's golf clubs, JFK's rocking chair, suit, and bloodstained limousine upholstery from the assassination, the flag that flew during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Shell casing from Ruby's gun that Killed Oswald, Hitler's silver that was captured by U.S. forces at his home. The Fredrick G. Pfeffer collection of relics from Pickett's Charge. The Robert L. White collection of JFK, The Captain Good collection (wounded in action at Gettysburg) includes the items he used during the battle and the bullet that wounded him! Uniforms,flags, accoutrements, weapons, documents, photos, much much more!The Gettysburg Museum Of History also buys artifacts as well as sells them. Please stop by and see the most amazing collection in Gettysburg at no charge!

Reviewed By Manda1803 - Saint Louis, Missouri

Probably the most amazing museum I’ve ever been in. I could spend hours looking at all of the amazing artifacts the owner has collected through the years. There are things you won’t see in a typical museum such as locks of hair, articles with blood, presidential belongings. Honestly this is a DO NOT MISS!

10. Eisenhower National Historic Site

250 Eisenhower Farm Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325-7108 +1 717-338-9114
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Eisenhower National Historic Site

President Eisenhower used this farm as a retreat from the White House, then retired here.

Reviewed By Reingding13

The only thing that stopped me from giving this a five star review is that you have to pay to get there, even if you have a National Parks Pass. You must take their bus, but the bus costs $9 a person. Our guides were very good and aware of how cold it was. The most memorable moment for me was definitely when I tripped the alarm after accidentally opening President Eisenhower's trinket display. The putting green was also very cool. If you're at Gettysburg, definitely worth it to check it out.

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