30+ Best Things to Do in Gettysburg – Tours, Sightseeing & Dining

Gettysburg is one of the most visited Civil War Battlefields and east coast travel destinations in the United States. Visitors from around the world come to learn about this pivotal country-dividing battle through its’ many things to do in Gettysburg; on and off the battlefield. Learn the many ways to explore as well as tours, shopping, dining, all while enjoying the grandeur of the Pennsylvania countryside. And when you leave Gettysburg, you will have a much deeper appreciation of our Country’s progression and changes for the better.

Did you know that Gettysburg National Military Park encompasses nearly 6,000 acres with over 26 miles of roads connecting major battlefield landmarks including Cemetery Hill and the High Water Mark? There are over 1,300 monuments, markers and memorials, 400 cannons and numerous historic houses. And they’re all waiting for you to come explore!

This Civil War town holds a plethora of history dating back to even before the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg.

In fact, each time we visit Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, we are already planning a trip to come back for more before we even leave! 

For that, this hallowed Pennsylvania town is not a one-and-done or even couple-day getaway. This is one of those travel destinations you need to spend a whole week or even two to get the full experience. And even then, you’ll yearn to come back again and again!

And for those with families, this is a fantastic educational vacation destination for younger generations to get an in-depth perspective of how the Battle of Gettysburg became a tipping point of America’s Civil War. They’ll learn the history that reshaped our Nation; starting with ridding our country of segregation and racism.

This comprehensive visitors’ guide is loaded with information that will help you plan your visit to Gettysburg from start to finish.

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30 Best Things to Do in Gettysburg – Tours, Sightseeing & Dining

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This travel guide is divided into sections highlighting amazing experiences and things to do in Gettysburg for your trip planning and travel itinerary:

      • When to visit

      • What to see and do

      • Must do tours

      • Ways to explore

      • Where to dine

      • Where to stay

When to Visit Gettysburg

While many think the summer is the best time to visit this iconic historic town, the other seasons offer equally amazing experiences. Whether you travel by air, car, motorcycle or even RV, Gettysburg is the perfect destination that offers everything you could wish for and more.

Gettysburg in the Spring

Gettysburg in the Spring

Springtime is an exceptional time to visit Gettysburg. April and early May are when the foliage starts to bud. And the outside temperatures are comfortably warming up. 

However, you may need to keep your umbrella, raincoat and light jacket handy as it is the rainy season and is seasonably cool.

However, don’t discount touring on rainy, dismal days as they present outstanding photographic opportunities because of lighting and ambiance.

Just a heads up though, if you do plan to visit Gettysburg in the Spring, it’s prime time for school class field trips. Also, Spring Break is oftentimes the time when families visit. So plan accordingly for large crowds of kids.

Gettysburg in the Summer

Gettysburg Civil War Reenactment

If you have the patience for sharing your experience with more visitors, the summer is an incredible time to visit Gettysburg! And the weather is incredible!

If you’re lucky to be visiting during the annual Battle of Gettysburg Reenactment in the first week of July, you’ll be treated to an up close and personal glimpse of unfolding events of 1863.

If you want a little more space to enjoy and take in a much quieter experience, we highly recommend avoiding weekends, school vacation weeks and holidays.

Also, big events such as the Gettysburg Reenactment as well as Gettysburg Bike Week do draw big crowds. So, last minute reservations are hard to come by. That said, if you are wanting to attend those two events, you’ll need to purchase tickets well in advance.

As far as the weather, Gettysburg can present some hot and humid days in the summer. So, make sure you pack a refillable water bottle in your daypack. Or, if you’re doing a lot of hiking or bicycle riding, we suggest bringing a hydration backpack.

If you’re going to hike in the woods, it’s a good idea to bring insect repellent. And, don’t forget a lightweight rain poncho for possible afternoon and evening thunderstorms.

Also, especially during those events and busier summer months, you’ll need to plan ahead and make reservations for lodging and camping well in advance; even up to a year.

Gettysburg in the Fall

Autumn in Gettysburg

The Autumn months of September to mid October are, in our opinion, one of the best times to visit Gettysburg. The Fall foliage is magnificent with hues of yellows, oranges of reds.

And, the cooler temperatures are the perfect invitation to enjoy a quiet tour of the battlefields in the mornings and evenings. So, be prepared to bring a light jacket and umbrella.

Also, the museums and attractions are less crowded in the Fall because the kids are back in school. We’ve found that it’s even easier to score a table at the popular restaurants without long waits too.

Also, camping at one of Gettysburg campgrounds simply can’t be beat.

Gettysburg in the Winter

Winter in Gettysburg

If you’re more of a cold weather tourist, then you’re in for an unusual and exceptional treat because that’s the least visited time of the year.

But, you’ll need to prepare to bundle up for the cold white stuff. Expect the mercury to dip into the 30’s and even 20’s with periodic snowfalls. But what better time than the winter to take in a holiday horse-drawn carriage ride through the town.

Decorated in holiday magic, the streets of Gettysburg come alive with the spirit of giving and holiday magic. The town square shop windows sparkle with lights, tinsel and glamour just waiting for you to pick out that perfect gift for someone special.

But, all the commercial scene aside, winter in Gettysburg is a photographer’s dream. The snow-covered monuments, worm fences, breastworks lie untouched with reverent silence. You just can’t imagine a more solemn place to take in the peaceful solstice.

And when your fingers and toes are telling you it’s time to head inside, you’ll want to check to see which lodging offers evening hot toddies to enjoy fireside.

As well, if you’re RV camping, call around to see which campgrounds listed further down will be open for winter camping.

Really, there is no bad time to visit Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. So, let’s get on with seeing all the amazing things to do in Gettysburg as well as where to dine and stay.

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Tours and Things to Do in Gettysburg

There’s so many tours and attractions that I guarantee that you’re going to end up making return trips.

So, to build your Gettysburg itinerary, you’ll want to read about everything there is to do there. Because trust me, it’s not possible to do everything in just a few days.

Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center

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We totally recommend starting your visit at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. This is also where you can pick up your free park map and guide. The Park Rangers are very knowledgeable and eager to help direct you to points of interest, great hikes, and bike trails. They’ll show you the layout of the battlefield and surrounding grounds. It’s also the best time to get your National Park Passport stamped at the Ranger information desk.

This is also the best starting-point of your Gettysburg experience; starting with an orientation to the battle of Gettysburg.

You’ll experience Pickett’s Charge coming to life in the massive circular Cyclorama painting through a spectacular sound and light show. Also, experience the Gettysburg Film and Museum’s video; A New Birth of Freedom. Those in your party will learn much about this pivotal battle of the Civil War.

The museum, film, and cyclorama painting are actually owned and operated by the Gettysburg Foundation. The Gettysburg Foundation is the non-profit philanthropic, educational organization operating in partnership with the National Park Service to preserve Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site, and to educate the public about their significance.

Although the building is free to enter, be aware there are fees for the museum, film, and cyclorama painting.

Then, step inside the amazing Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War that will bring the past to life with educational interactive exhibits, original artifacts, and short films.

Before heading out the door to begin your adventures, you’ll definitely want to check out the visitor center gift shop. It has everything you can think of pertaining to the Battle of Gettysburg. It has a fantastic collection of books, maps, guides and souvenirs for kids of all ages.

Once you step outside, there’s a great photography stop where you can set up your tripod and camera to get that great family photo at the sign and next to the Abraham Lincoln sculpture on the park bench.

Important to know the daily hours of operation are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Winter hours of operation are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. The building and services are closed on Thanksgiving Day (different each year), Christmas Day (December 25) and New Years Day (January 1).

♦ PRO TIP: While exploring the National Battlefield costs you nothing, there are commercial tours that are subject to fees.

Gettysburg Heritage Center and Museum

Discover the Battle of Gettysburg from the perspective of the people who lived there during the war at the Gettysburg Heritage Center and Museum.

See artifacts and historical documents, plus interactive and 3-D displays to learn about the events that took place in this historic town before, during, and after the battle.

Discover the town of Gettysburg at the Gettysburg Heritage Center Learn about the Battle of Gettysburg See a wide variety of artifacts, documents, and displays. Shop for souvenirs and more at the on-site gift shop Educational and entertaining for the entire family

Gettysburg National Military Park

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After our orientation at the Gettysburg Museum of History, we put on our walking shoes and day packs to trek off to the Gettysburg National Military Park.

Now, because the Gettysburg National Military Park is so spacious, it may take you a few days to experience all of the monuments and grounds. Trying to cram it all in one or even two days may become overwhelming and confusing, so we recommend spreading your tour out.

We also encourage visitors to tour the grounds at different parts of the day to get a true feel of Battle of Gettysburg. If you’re lucky to wake up to a foggy morning, head out to get some amazing photo graphs of some of the monuments amidst the rolling terrain where the bloody battles amongst men took place.

The view from the top of Little Round Top at sunset is absolutely magnificent as you get a scenic view of Devil’s Den and the distant valley below. And if you’re really quiet, you may even hear moans of the spirits who still remain.

Shriver House Museum

The Shriver House Museum is dedicated to the civilian experience. You’ll be able to tour one of the wealthiest families’ home and business in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. During those fateful days of the bloody war, it was occupied by Confederate Soldiers in which two Soldiers were killed in the house.

During their 1996 restoration project, live civil war bullets were recovered. Also, you’ll be able to see the Period Garden and several embedded bullet holes.

Lincoln Train Museum

Within walking distance of the site of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, the Lincoln Train Museum presents an interactive exploration of American History for visitors of all ages. Through a tour of the Lincoln Train Museum, America’s story is retraced from the days of our Founding Fathers through September 11, 2001.

In the museum, you’ll be able to view America from all facets of life; from how the west was won, the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln and military war history and artifacts. You’ll even get to ride on a recreated box car and learn from the spirit of Lincoln himself as he shares the story of America.

Seminary Ridge Museum

The Seminary Ridge Museum features three areas of emphasis not focused anywhere else in Gettysburg. It includes the First Day Battle, July 1, 1863 on the exact site where the battle took place. Also, the Civil War field medicine hospital and the Faith and Freedom. You will want to plan about two hours for this exhibit.

Eisenhower National Historic Site

At the Eisenhower National Historic Site, you’ll be able to see where the meetings of world leaders took place and home and farm of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This National Park Service Historic Site was the President’s weekend retreat and relaxation area but also, where he led efforts to reduce Cold War tensions.

Jennie Wade House Tour

Explore Downtown Gettysburg and discover what live was like here during the Civil War. Take a tour of Baltimore Street and the Jennie Wade House.

Jennie Wade at age 21 was the sole civilian casualty of the pivotal Civil War battle, and learn about her life. Uncover information about the Battle of Gettysburg from the perspective of the ordinary townspeople. Listen to stories about Jennie’s life as a local in Gettysburg and how she came to be the town’s most famous resident.

Interesting to note, the Jennie Wade House was actually owned by her sister, Georgia McClellan. It was central ground of the entire Battle.

Gettysburg Heritage Center

Through the eyes of civilians, you’ll get to experience what life was like in the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania before, during and after the battle.

At the Gettysburg Heritage Center, you’ll learn about ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things during this massive upset. This self-guided tour shows artifacts, 3D programming and interactive exhibits along with a movie that lasts about an hour.

Gettysburg Battle Theater

At the Gettysburg Battle Theater on Steinwehr Avenue, you’ll learn about how the Soldiers progressed from Fredericksburg, Virginia to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and the 3-day bloody Battle of Gettysburg in a 45-minute multi-media presentation.

Gettysburg Diorama

We highly encourage you to check out the fully-narrated Gettysburg Diorama presenting the Battle of Gettysburg. It’s the only place you will be able to get a complete visual overview of the 6000+ acre battlefield. The diorama alone, is a wonder in itself with it’s 20,000+ hand-painted soldiers, horses, buildings and cannons.

David Wills House

David Wills House, a part of the National Military Park, is located downtown. It offers visitors an incredible museum experience. The home of attorney David Wills was not just the center of the battle of Gettysburg.

The David Wills House was one of the sites of the massive post-battle cleanup effort. And, it was the place where Abraham Lincoln put his final edits on the Gettysburg Address.

Lincoln Cemetery

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The Lincoln Cemetery is one of the least-visited sites in Gettysburg. But we felt the need to put it on our list of must-sees and you should too. Though just a map dot on the Gettysburg map, it will put a lump in your throat as it is the resting place for some of the African American United States Colored Troops.

The larger, prestigious Soldiers’ National Cemetery was established in 1863. Sadly, due to segregation of that era, only white Soldiers were allowed to be buried there. As a result, African American community leaders established the Sons of Goodwill Cemetery four years later in 1867.  

Lincoln Cemetery is located in the heart of Gettysburg on Long Lane. It’s the final resting place of thirty African American soldiers of the United States Colored Troops who fought in the Civil War. Also, notable African-American citizens of the borough are buried there.

Unfortunately, we could not enter the gated and locked cemetery for closer views of the gravestones. But, you can walk the fence-line perimeter like we did to pay respects to the Fallen.

Street parking is available right across from the Lincoln Cemetery. Make sure you check out the Monumental Stories and placards also. It will put into perspective of the African American Soldiers of they endured during that era.

Gettysburg National Cemetery

Gettysburg National Cemetery

After the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, tens of thousands of war-tattered bodies peppered the farmlands. Work commenced quickly to bury the Fallen. They hurriedly buried the dead in shallow graves on the battlefield, crudely identified on makeshift wooden grave markers. Erosion from rain and wind exposed the graves.

Something needed to be done quickly. So, the town’s citizens called for the creation of a soldiers’ cemetery for the proper burial of the Union Fallen.

Notably, only a few Confederates remain interred at Gettysburg National Cemetery. In the 1870s by Southern veterans’ societies eventually relocated 3,200 Confederate remains to cemeteries in Virginia, Georgia, and the Carolinas.

Between 1898 and 1968, sections were added to for Fallen Veterans from the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The cemetery’s annex is located due north of the historic original 17-acre property.  Today, more than 6,000 veterans lay at rest in Gettysburg National Cemetery.

In my opinion, it’s best to visit the Gettysburg National Cemetery at the end of the day prior to them closing the gates. There’s just something about saving this as your finale to our Gettysburg experience.

This is a self-guided walking tour only. No bicycles or motorized vehicles are permitted inside the cemetery. Also, this is not the place to let your children run around, yell or scream. These hallowed grounds are to be respected and kept reverent and as quiet as possible.

Ways to Tour Gettysburg

Each time we’ve visited Gettysburg, we tried different ways to explore the grounds. Doing so, gives us many different perspectives whether touring via Segway, bicycle, hiking, horseback riding and even bus tours. And we encourage you to do the same.

But first, you’re going to read several times throughout this article my reference of Licensed Battlefield Guides.

Licensed Battlefield Guides are available for hire by calling 717-334-6245. They’re also available at the Heritage Center or through the Gettysburg Foundation at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on a first-come, first-served basis for same-day walk-in tours.

Or, you can also join in on a tour that includes them and their expertise of knowledge of the Battle of Gettysburg.

In my opinion, to get the best Gettysburg experience, we highly recommend hiring your own personal Licensed Battlefield Guide to go with you and your family in your own vehicle. Or, pay a little extra for tours that include them.

♦ PRO TIP: It’s best to leave your backpacks in the car as they are not permitted in the Museum and Visitor Center. Exceptions are medical and/or first-aid packs, camera bags, or baby essential bags. All visitors may be subject to a bag search.

Gettysburg Self-Guided Driving Tour

If you don’t have a lot of time, we highly recommend taking the Self-Guided Audio Auto Tour. This driving tour gives you a glimpse of the Battle of Gettysburg right from the seats of your own car. There are designated points of interest that you’ll want to get out of the car to explore and feel the hallowed ground beneath you.

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You can pick up an auto tour paper map at Destination Gettysburg.

Segway Tours of Gettysburg

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In our opinion, a Segway tour is one of the best ways to tour the Gettysburg and battlefields! While the Gettysburg bus tours are be nice on rainy or cold days, nothing compares to riding your own Segway. 

After a 20 minute video and Segway lesson at Gettysburg SegTours, you’ll venture out with an Escort Guide to tour the Battlefields and historic Gettysburg. Each rider is provided with intercom earpieces with audio narration that describes what what happened at certain points of interest.

We highly recommend at least taking the Western Tour. But once you get back, you’re sure to want to continue onto the Eastern Tour.

Be aware, SegTours escorts are not Licensed Battlefield Guides. They are not permitted to answer history questions or give any historical data. But, you do have the option of taking a separate tour that does include a Licensed Battlefield Guide.

Licensed Battlefield Guided Carriage Tour

You and your family can witness Gettysburg at the Speed of History! Horse Tours of Gettysburg has a great selection of historical tours and things to do in Gettysburg!!  They offer regular historic attraction packages and custom itineraries are available.

Licensed Battlefield Guided Tours, Evening Town Carriage Rides, Town Walking Tours and Special Event Carriage Tours; all from the comfort their horse-drawn carriages! You and your family can enjoy the timeless method of transportation that was key to the Civil War.

Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tour

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The Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tours have been providing quality tours to Gettysburg visitors for over 40 years.

Tour attendees will travel the historic fields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania aboard the famous double decker coach bus. A Licensed Battlefield Guide will give you a really unique perspective of the three day battle.

The great thing about the battlefield bus tour is it’s open year-round. Visitors can buy tickets at most of Gettysburg’s finest lodging establishments.

Bicycle Gettysburg

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During our last visit to Gettysburg, we took our own ebikes around the National Battlefield which allowed us to set our own pace. And it gave us a completely different experience. At the same time, it was a great way to get some exercise.

If you’d like to explore using your own bicycle, check out the Bicycling Gettysburg Guide Book for road and trail information, points of interest and monuments on the 23 mile loop.

PRO TIP: There’s more than just walking or driving your car in Gettysburg! Check out our 10 fun ways to explore Gettysburg.

Gettysburg Ghost Tours

There are other wonderful and fun means of entertainment and tours. Check out these amazingly unique ghost tours:

Groovy Gettysburg Scavenger Hunt

Groovy Gettysburg Scavenger Hunt is a very unique, immersive adventure that’s one of a kind. They provide your very own remote, interactive, live host to assist and encourage you along. Their specially hand-crafted adventures are equal parts tour, creative challenge, detective hunt, and social experiment!

Scavenger hunters will get to discover in an alternate reality, favorite hidden gems off the beaten trail and creatively interpret fun art, history, and culture clues; all for points! Enjoy fame and glory while appearing on their website’s international leaderboard; no matter what their score.

And scavenger hunters get to essentially race other teams in other cities, even if they don’t have competitors who have signed up in their city! Get ready to meet local authors, experience the favorite hangouts that are only known by locals, discover unusual oddities, and more!

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Where to Eat in Gettysburg

Gettysburg has plenty of dining establishments peppered throughout the city. Some of these pubs and grubs offer outdoor dining in the warmer months.

However, I must caution you that those located right on the street near and in the square are very loud due to the truck traffic. Also, from our experience, the exhaust can ruin your dining experience. So, I highly recommend eating indoors unless you’re bringing your pet.

Dobbin House Tavern

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One of our highest recommendations of places to eat is at the Dobbin House TavernBuilt in 1776, Dobbin House Tavern is the oldest building in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It overlooks the site where President Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address.

The Dobbin House was also a stop on the Underground Railroad. Today, it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Dobbins House Tavern serves authentic period meals in rooms in the main house and downstairs in the cellar by candlelight. The serving staff dresses in period clothing and serves meals on dinnerware replicating the Civil War era.

Be aware, this is a popular dining attraction. Depending on time of year, you may need to make a reservation for the evening meals; especially on weekends or holidays.

The Dobbin House also has an eclectic gift shop. So, make sure you stop in before you exit the Dobbin House.

One Lincoln Food & Spirits

One Lincoln Food and Spirits is one of our favorite summertime lunch spots in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Located right on the Lincoln Square with inside modern seating, we enjoy outdoor dining that looks out to the hustle and bustle of the square. We love their lighter-side salads that are fit for the hungry but are genuinely healthy.

It’s the perfect place to start your day with a good breakfast before setting out to tour the battlefields. Midday, you can take a break to return for lunch and some downtown shopping.

And if you’re not tired after your tours and visiting attractions, they have an amazing dinner menu before taking in a show next door at the Majestic Theater.

They also have some beautiful wall art pieces on display inside, so make sure you stop to look at them on the way to their restrooms.

Blue and Gray Bar and Grill

The Blue and Gray Bar and Grill is our ultimate favorite go-to place every time we visit Gettysburg. The pub is located on the square right next door to the One Lincoln. On Wednesday nights, they serve a great pairing; Wings and Yuenglings.

Be aware though, that’s their busy day and night. Not only for visitors but the local crowd as well. But it’s so worth the wait if you can score a bar stool or booth.

During the warm months, they offer do outdoor seating. However, as noted earlier, it’s located on the square. The truck traffic is loud, distracting and stinky.

So, if you’re looking for the bar scene, this quaint non-smoking pub is the place to unwind after a day of touring.

Gettysburg American Brew Tour

The Gettysburg American Brew Tour is a well-rounded view of the town is provided to visitors by this mile-long walking tour of some of Gettysburg’s most storied and up-and-coming breweries, wineries, and distilleries.

Drink a pint of “Acan’s Revenge” at Fourscore Beer Co. or a glass of strawberry wine at J&P Winery while learning about the three-day fight that changed Gettysburg forever.

You don’t drink? Not to worry! Craft root beer, birch beer, ginger beer, and orange cream soda are among the many tasty bar nibbles available at The Appalachian Brewing Co.

Savory Foodie Tour through Historic Downtown Gettysburg

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Gettysburg’s history is familiar to everyone who hears of it. From Pickett’s Charge to Cemetery Ridge, the Battle of Gettysburg was the high point of the Confederacy, and the town fully embraces its history today. But what about the culinary scene?

The area around Gettysburg is rich in agriculture. Dairy farms, breweries, fruit and vegetable farms are booming. Gettysburg’s lesser known food scene is worth exploring.

Local chefs, influenced by Amish culture and Philly flavors, have created a growing foodie scene in Historic Gettysburg. Set off on a scrumptious savory walking tour of Gettysburg’s best local haunts.

On the Savory Foodie Tour through Historic Downtown Gettysburg, you’ll sample local delicacies such as chocolates made from locally sourced ingredients and Pennsylvania Dutch pretzels. Investigate and sample why cheesesteaks are a favorite food among locals.

You’ll enjoy some of the region’s best foods on this tour sure to satisfy food lovers and history buffs alike.

Other Dining in and Around Gettysburg 

For a more comprehensive list of eating establishments in and around Gettysburg, check out Destination Gettysburg of Adams County listing of places to eat.

Where to Stay in Gettysburg

Gaslight Inn Bed and Breakfast

Gaslight Inn Bed and Breakfast - Gettysburg

On our motorcycle trips, we’d stay at quaint Bed and Breakfasts instead of hotels to get that true colonial era vibe. We love The Gaslight Inn Bed and Breakfast because  the innkeepers truly care about their guests. (We’ve stayed there twice!)

Built in 1872, during the age of the industrialization and reform, the Gaslight Inn Bed and Breakfast was part of the great economic boom that followed the Civil War. The architecture and style of the Inn are reminiscent of the era.

There’s plenty of parking behind the house. Their rooms are impeccable and decorated in vintage period style. We stayed in their beautifully decorated Violet Room on the second floor with a shared balcony. It even has its’ own private bathroom with shower.

Their hospitality and home-cooked breakfasts is exemplary. They do offer dinner at an extra cost but so worth not having to be far from your room.

And Gaslight’s porches are such inviting places to relax and enjoy your coffee or afternoon tea. While dining, the innkeepers are exceptional about sharing great tourism information and tips. Sometimes, either in the morning or evening, you may be able to sit in on a history lesson with a hired Licensed Battlefield Guide. Do appreciate though, they are providing a service, so please tip generously.

♦ PRO TIP: The Gaslight Inn Bed and Breakfast offers all Active and Former Military 25% off their stay during the month of November. Military ID required. (VA card or DD214 most likely accepted if no Military ID).


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Places to Camp in Gettysburg

Artillery Ridge Campground and Horse Park

In 2015, we camped with our fifth wheel toy hauler at Artillery Ridge Campground and Horse Park due to its’ close proximity of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. But also, because they could accommodate our big rig RV size.

Gettysburg Farm RV Campground – Thousand Trails

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In 2020, because we have a Thousand Trails Camping Membership, we stayed twice at Gettysburg Farm RV Campground in nearby Dover, Pennsylvania. Though a little over thirty minutes from downtown Gettysburg, the campground is a great place for the family to unwind and enjoy the working-farm atmosphere.

Unlike other campgrounds we’ve been to, this one has farm animals of all kinds! From chickens, goats, horses, alpacas, rabbits, turkeys, ducks, and even a small herd of sheep! Visitors are allowed to feed them but only with the feed they sell for a buck in the camp store. And since the campground is spacious, there’s lots of room for the kids to play, ride their bikes and enjoy the farm.

Other Campgrounds in Gettysburg

If you’re wanting to camp in or really close to Gettysburg, there’s plenty of other campgrounds in the area if you want to tent camp or bring your RV. With exception of Artillery Ridge Campground and Gettysburg Farm RV Campground, we really can’t give fair assessments as we’ve not camped there.
 

There are plenty of other campgrounds in and near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. We use RV Life’s Trip Wizard to find RV parks and Campgrounds that appeal to us.

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Wrapping up

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As you see, there’s a ton of things to do in Gettysburg. We hope this travel guide will help you plan your vacation or weekend getaway to one of the most interesting and historic destinations in the United States.

Coupled with learning about the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War, we hope your experience will make a great memories to be talked about for years to come.

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