In The Midst Of Battlefields And Burial Grounds, Gettysburg, Offers Light-hearted Pursuits

There's so much to see and do in Gettysburg, your dilemma won't be what to put on your schedule but rather how to fit it all in. A good place to start and get your bearings is the Historic Train Station - it doubles as both an attraction and the Official Visitor Center of the Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. They'll help you with your trip planning and leave no stone unturned if that's what you desire. If you'd rather go at a more leisurely pace and put an itinerary together yourself, we've come up with a list of best attractions in Gettysburg for you as well.

One of the most visited National military parks in the country is also Gettysburg's main attraction. Visitors can tour the Gettysburg National Military Park and the Battlefield by car on their own or with a registered guide via bike, Segway, foot, or horseback. (We loved the Segway.)

Most of the town's attractions center around the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War but there are also plenty of things to do that don't involve a look back into history.  If you're traveling with kids in tow, be sure to break up the history lesson for them and go on the Gettysburg Scenic Railroad. They'll enjoy riding an 1884 Vintage rail coach through nearby towns. The Explore and More Children's Museum gives kids a chance to explore, play and build.

Lincoln Train Museum

The Lincoln Train museum is part multimedia experience, part museum, part miniature train display room. Outside the museum is a replica of a train car, similar to one from which President Lincoln would have probably greeted the town of...  Read More

National Apple Museum

The Biglerville Historical and Preservation Society opened this museum in 1990 as a tribute to the founders of the area's apple industry. Housed in a restored pre-Civil War bank barn, the museum showcases exhibits on the history and artifacts...  Read More

Mulligan MacDuffer Adventure Golf and Ice Cream Parlour
Photo courtesy of T. Browne Smith

This golf course is a fun family friendly activity away from history lessons. Open April through October, Mulligan MacDuffer Adventure Golf is the ultimate in adventure golf, a challenge for everyone in the family. Test your putting skills on...  Read More

Explore and More Children's Museum

At this museum made just for them, children will enjoy playing in an 1860's vintage house and shopping in a 19th century general store. Activities are fun and developmentally appropriate for children ages 3 to 8. There are five play rooms in the...  Read More

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Hall of Presidents

The Hall of Presidents allows visitors to view life-sized wax figures of each American President and to listen to taped segments of some of their speeches. The Hall is conveniently located right across the street from the Battlefield and the bus...  Read More

The Soldiers' National Cemetery - Gettysburg National Cemetery
Photo courtesy of Ken Lund

Soldier's National Cemetery was designed by William Saunders, the same architect of Washington, D.C. - it's arch like design being his signature. Local attorney David Willis was commissioned to find land in Gettysburg in the aftermath of the...  Read More

Gettysburg Scenic Railroad

Enjoy regional history aboard this 1884 vintage rail coach or double-decker open car. This nostalgic and relaxing train ride will first pass through the famous railroad cut and then pass through the First Day Battlefield of the Gettysburg...  Read More

Gettysburg Cyclorama
Photo courtesy of T. Browne Smith

Before the age of motion pictures and television, people went to cycloramas to bring images to life. Located across from the Gettysburg National Military Park, the Gettysburg Cyclorama is a large-scale circular mural that measures nearly 50 feet...  Read More

The Battle of Gettysburg was one of the most definitive of the Civil War, and this massive park serves as a memorial to the battle's significance in American history. The park surrounds the town, encompassing almost 6,000 acres and 35 miles of...  Read More


Meet Tawanna Browne Smith

Tawanna has had a wanderlust spirit since she was 13. A dozen or so addresses later, she now resides in Maryland with her husband and two sons.

Tawanna is the founder and creator of Mom's...  More About Tawanna

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