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Things to Do in Gettysburg

Known for its historic role in the Civil War, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is a historic destination, filled with interesting history, fascinating culture and plenty of family friendly fun. From Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park and the thrill of nighttime ghost walks to fun kids' activities, shopping, and nightlife, Gettysburg offers visitors a unique vacation experience no matter what your age or interest.

HISTORICAL

American Civil War Museum
This unique wax museum brings history to life through exhibits of life-sized wax figures displayed in 34 separate dioramas open for exploration. Visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour of the exhibits highlighted by a re-creation of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Camp David Museum
This quaint museum highlights the rich history of Camp David through a collection of photos, artifacts and memorabilia from sitting American Presidents, all donated to the museum by Presidential staff, foreign dignitaries and members of the media.

David Wills House
Once home to a lawyer and Soldiers National Cemetery founder, David Wills, this historic home played host to President Lincoln the night before he delivered his famous Gettysburg Address.

Eisenhower National Historic Site
Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, this former home and arm of President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a favorite as a weekend retreat for the President and a sacred meeting place for world leaders. Visitors can tour the house, explore the farm and grounds, and enjoy ranger-guided programs.

Farnsworth House Civil War Mourning Theater
Visitors will see a classic 19th-century Victorian viewing parlor and enjoy stories of Gettysburg Battlefield hauntings by candlelight at this unique attraction where period-dressed guides transport visitors though the parlor by lantern light.

General Lee's Headquarters
This historic Headquarters of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is now a museum where visitors can tour exhibits highlighting Lee's military planning sessions, collections of artifacts from the Battle of Gettysburg and items from the Civil War.

Gettysburg Diorama at Artillery Ridge
This popular attraction highlights the Gettysburg Battlefield in three-dimensional miniature. Visitors can listen to the story of the historic, three-day battle and see how it progressed through docent narration, lights and sound effects.

Gettysburg Ghost Tours
Explore historic Gettysburg by candlelight on a guided evening walking tour ghost hunt that takes guests on a journey through the dark alleys, through locations known for paranormal activity and past reportedly haunted ares of the city.

Gettysburg National Military Park
Tour the historic battlefield that was the site of the infamous Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War. Guided walks are offered on the battlefield and through Soldiers National Cemetery, and visitors can enjoy a full calendar of summer events including Civil War reenactments, artillery firing demonstrations, concerts and more. Open daily from 6am. Admission to the park is free.

Jennie Wade House Museum
Built more than 100 years ago, this historic house was once home to Jennie Wade, the only civilian killed during the Battle of Gettysburg, who died while baking bread for the Union soldiers. Battered and bruised during the three-day battle, the home survived and now features authentic period furnishings and serves a museum highlighting life during the Civil War.

National Civil War Museum
This enlightening museum depicts the emotion and struggles Americans faced during the Civil War and features a complete time line of the Civil War, beginning from the complex issues straining the nation to the battles at Bull Run and Gettysburg through the war's final days at the Appomattox Court House.

National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Visit this unique shrine that pays homage to the very first American saint. The shrine museum highlights the life and accomplishments of Elizabeth Seton and includes artifacts, history and details about her canonization.

Shriver House Museum
Once home to George and Hettie Shriver, this historic 1860's house features knowledgeable guess dressed in period costumes who recount the history of the Shrivers, their roles during the Civil War, and the seizure and use of their home by Confederate soldiers during the Battle of Gettysburg.

FAMILY FUN

Gettysburg Family Amusement
Located adjacent to the Eisenhower Hotel, the Gettysburg Family Amusement Complex is home to expositions, tradeshows, group picnics, birthday parties and more. The Allstar Events Complex features 50,000 square feet of indoor facilities.

Activities such as arcade games, billiards, an indoor soccer & volleyball arena, and a basketball court, are all available at the Allstar Events Complex. Enjoy the perfect event or party.

Land of Little Horses Farm Park
Enjoy horse races, performances and entertaining shows featuring miniature horses at this fun, family friendly attraction.

The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg
Shop till you drop at a host of top brand name outlet stores, including Brooks Brothers, Gap, Dress Barn, Jones New York and Adidas. The center also features a 10-screen movie theater and a food court. Open Mon.-Sat., 10am-9pm; Sun., 10am-6pm.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

The Links at Gettysburg
Play a round of golf at this fantastic course which is rated one of the "best places to play" by Golf Digest. It has an 18-hole course featuring fabulous views, elevated tee boxes, natural rock formations, and sloping greens which add up to a fun day of world-class golf for golfers of every skill level.

CULTURAL

Adams County Winery
This award-winning winery is the country's oldest continuously operating winery and offers complimentary wine tasting, free winery tours, live concerts and wine-related gifts.

Majestic Theater
This landmark theater features a range of live music and theatrical performances and a full schedule of independent and popular films throughout the year.

 

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