Top 10 Things to Do in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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Curator’s statement

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is a historically significant and culturally rich destination that attracts millions of visitors each year. Known primarily for its pivotal role in the American Civil War, Gettysburg offers a wide range of attractions, including historic sites, museums, natural beauty, and a charming downtown area. It is also where I grew up so it will always be "home" to me!

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Where to stay in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg Hotel

A historic, grand hotel steeped in American history, providing timeless elegance and modern amenities in the heart of downtown Gettysburg.

The Federal Pointe Inn

A charming historic boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Gettysburg, offering a blend of timeless elegance and modern amenities.

The Lodges at Gettysburg

Rustic, yet refined retreats nestled among 63 acres of stunning Pennsylvania vistas, offering a touch of historical charm with modern amenities.

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Things to do in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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Attractions

  • Gettysburg National Military Park: Start your trip by exploring the Gettysburg National Military Park, which encompasses the battlefield where the famous Battle of Gettysburg took place in 1863. The park offers guided tours, a museum, and a visitor center where you can learn about the battle and its significance.

  • Gettysburg National Cemetery: Located within the military park, the Gettysburg National Cemetery is the final resting place for thousands of Union soldiers who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. Visit the cemetery and the Soldiers' National Monument to pay your respects.

  • Eisenhower National Historic Site: Adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the Eisenhower National Historic Site was once the home of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Take a guided tour of the house and grounds to learn about Eisenhower's life and presidency.

Activities

  • Ghost Tours: Gettysburg is renowned for its ghostly legends and paranormal activity. Join a ghost tour to explore the town's haunted history and hear spooky tales from the past.

  • GettyPeds: Explore the battlefield and local area by bike or mini car! You will see these fun modes of transportation around Gettysburg, and they are easy to rent.

  • The Gettysburg Reenactment: This well-known event is a historical reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the most pivotal battles of the American Civil War. The event typically involves hundreds of reenactors dressed in period clothing, acting out battle scenes and living the daily lives of soldiers during the Civil War. It provides visitors with an opportunity to witness the scale and intensity of the battle and gain a deeper understanding of the historical events that unfolded. You can check out the 3-day schedule online.

Day Trips

  • Nature day trip: Gettysburg is surrounded by beautiful parks with excellent hiking options. Head either northwest to Michaux State Forest or southwest to Catoctin Mountain Park for some of the best options. Michaux features over 85,000 acres of land, with numerous trails for various skill levels. The Appalachian Trail also passes through this area, offering opportunities for longer hikes and backpacking adventures. Catoctin Mountain Park offers a network of trails that allow visitors to explore the park's diverse landscapes, including forests, streams, and mountain vistas. Some popular trails in the park include the Cunningham Falls Nature Trail, the Blue Ridge Summit Trail, and the Hog Rock Trail. Each trail offers a unique experience, ranging from easy walks to more challenging hikes.

  • Winery: Head south to Springfield Winery in Maryland, about 30 miles from Gettysburg, for a scenic winery experience in the countryside of Frederick County. Springfield hosts live music periodically, as well as tours and special wine-themed gatherings. Note: Please check the operating hours and availability of the parks and wineries before planning your day trip.

Places to eat & drink in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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Coffee and Breakfast

  • Ragged Edge Coffee House: Located on Chambersburg Street, Ragged Edge is a local favorite known for its specialty coffees, including pour-over and espresso-based beverages. They offer a cozy atmosphere to enjoy your coffee, smoothie, breakfast, or lunch.

  • Waldo's & Company: Head to the lower level of this local non-profit that celebrates art and community to find a quaint coffee shop. You won't be disappointed by the atmosphere, and this is one of my personal favorite hidden gems!

  • Lincoln Diner: If you are looking for a classic diner-style breakfast with a retro vibe, check out Lincoln Diner on Baltimore Street.

Lunch and Dinner

  • Dobbin House Tavern: Situated on Steinwehr Avenue, Dobbin House Tavern is one of the oldest buildings in Gettysburg. The restaurant offers a unique dining experience with its colonial-era atmosphere. They serve a range of traditional American dishes, including seafood, steaks, and chicken.

  • Farnsworth House Inn Restaurant: Another excellent local option for those looking for a historic setting for dinner, the Farnsworth House Inn is known for its historic charm and delicious cuisine.

  • One Lincoln: Located on Lincoln Square, One Lincoln is a contemporary restaurant with a modern and sophisticated ambiance. Their menu features a fusion of American and international flavors, with dishes like grilled salmon, pasta, steak, and creative appetizers.

  • The Blue & Gray Bar and Grill: Situated on Baltimore Street, The Blue & Gray Bar and Grill offers a casual and comfortable dining experience. They serve a variety of American classics, including burgers, sandwiches, salads, and seafood dishes.

Drinks

  • Appalachian Brewing Company: Known by locals as "ABC," this is a regional brewery with multiple locations, including Gettysburg. ABC offers a variety of craft beers, including their flagship styles and seasonal releases. They have an indoor dining area, as well as a beer garden.

  • Battlefield Brew Works: Located on Fairfield Road, Battlefield Brew Works is a microbrewery housed in a historic barn. They offer a variety of handcrafted beers, including traditional styles and seasonal brews. The brewery also has a tasting room where you can sample their beers and learn about the brewing process.

  • Mason Dixon Distillery: Mason Dixon Distillery is known for its commitment to producing high-quality craft spirits while offering an enjoyable and educational experience for visitors. They offer a range of distilled spirits, including vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, and specialty spirits.

  • Adams County Winery: Located on Orrtanna Road, Adams County Winery is one of the oldest wineries in Pennsylvania. They produce a wide variety of wines, including reds, whites, rosés, and fruit wines. The winery offers tastings, tours, and a scenic outdoor patio area for visitors to enjoy.

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