There is no entrance fee for the Gettysburg National Military Park. You will be able to explore the 30 miles of roads and 6000 acres of parkland at your leisure.
Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
The new National Park Visitor Center museum houses an enormous collection of artifacts from the Battle of Gettysburg displayed in a very informative way. There is an entrance fee to the museum. You can buy a one day pass, or a pass for two or several days. Plan on spending several hours here. You will want to see the film, the Cyclorama, and all the museum exhibits. This is also where you can arrange for a personal tour of the Battlefield with a Licensed Battlefield Guide. If you contact the guides directly, you may let your guide know about special interests that you have.
Eisenhower Historic Site
This is President Eisenhower's Home... The tour leaves from the National Park Visitor Center and takes about an hour.
David Wills House
This brand new museum is dedicated to Lincoln's visit to Gettysburg and to the Gettysburg Address.
The Shriver House Museum
This historic home is downtown Gettysburg is focused on interpreting the civilian experience. The home is furnished as if the Shriver family still lived there. The home was occupied by the Confederates during the battle. You can even see the holes where the sharpshooters knocked out bricks to shoot onto the street below. This museum is very well done and is well worth seeing.
The American Civil War Museum
This museum features a wax museum with life-size dioramas of the Civil War.
National Apple Museum
For a change of pace, wander north of Gettysburg into Adams County apple country. This museum in Biglerville explores the agricultural side of the Gettysburg Area.
General Lee's Headquarters Museum
This small museum is located in one of Lee's headquarters buildings on Seminary Ridge.
Gettysburg Battlefield Tours
Gettysburg Battlefield Tours is a company that offers several entertaining museums as well as Battlefield bus tours. This company offers package plans including tickets to their museums and tours. This is not the Gettysburg National Military Park. These packages are designed for attractions owned by Gettysburg Battlefield Tours including bus tours, the Hall of Presidents, the Soldiers National Museum, the Jennie Wade House Museum, the Lincoln Train Museum, and Ghostly Images. Museums are focused on entertainment. The Bus Tours are the standard bus tours offered at the National Park Visitor Center. It is not necessary to buy tickets in advance, although it might be convenient if these museums and tours appeal to your group.
Underground Railroad Tours
This summer, the Historic Preservation Society of Gettysburg – Adams County (HGAC) will once again lead Underground Railroad tours every week at the site of McAllister’s Mill, adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park along the Baltimore Pike. The site, now a ruin with foundations and waterways still visible, was most probably one of the first stops made in Adams County by people seeking freedom on their flight north from slavery. Tours will leave from the south end of the Mulligan MacDuffer Adventure Golf parking lot at 1360 Baltimore Pike every Saturday at 11 a.m. from May through August.
Gettysburg is an artist colony. There are a myriad of galleries displaying historical art and the art of local craftsfolks and artists. We have a number of art and craft festivals that bring in the artists to meet with visitors.
Antiques, Artifacts, Reproductions, Books, and Outlet Shopping
Gettysburg has a large selection of boutique shops specializing in art and history. There is also an outlet mall on the edge of town.
Horseback Riding, Bicycling, Trains, and Carriage Rides
You can bring your own horse and ride the National Park trails, or you can join one of the horse tours that are offered in the warmer seasons.
National Riding Stables
Hickory Hollow Stables
Victorian Carriage Company
Carriage Rides are offered in warmer weather. Leave from the farm next door to the inn for Battlefield carriage tours. Advanced reservations recommended. The carriages are also found in the center of town and will take you around historic downtown Gettysburg.
Bicycling & Segway Tours
Bicycling is a good way to see the National Park. Plan on some hills, but many of the park roads are reasonably flat. You can also rent bicycles in town or join a Segway tour.
Gettysburg Tours and Rentals
Gettysburg Bicycle and Fitness
Segway Tours of Gettysburg