Your kids will love Battlefield B&B!
Book the best family vacation in Gettysburg, PA! We have two horses and a pony and we encourage all of our families with children to visit them while they are staying with us.
History Programs Every morning you and your children are invited to our complimentary history program about the Civil War from one of our own Civil War Historians. We even have Civil War era clothing for you to try on and take family photos.
Family-Friendly Ghost Stories Our in-house storyteller Lance Windish has created a special Gettysburg ghost-story time designed especially for young children. Lance has had extensive experience with children and will entertain and educate your children with his ghost stories without frightening your children. Please ask for the children’s ghost stories if this interests you. Tickets are $15 and Lance is available by request.
Family Breakfasts We offer full, delicious breakfasts and we can accommodate special requests. Our daily sidebar has fresh fruit, home-made granola, Cherrios, and baked goods. We usually offer a daily choice of a savory or sweet entree. If none of these suit your children, please tell us what they like to eat.
Nature Walks Your children will have full access to our 30-acre nature preserve, complete with walking trails and a nature-filled pond.
Plenty of Space to Relax You and your children can relax in the evenings on our spacious deck or in either of our two common rooms. We have a collection of children’s civil war books and lots of board games.
Lawn Play Bring your favorite equipment to kick balls or play catch on the lawn. We have six acres of lawn for lots of running space.
Bring Bikes If your family bikes, the park roads are great places for a family ride. To avoid traffic, we recommend starting on Confederate Avenue or the Pennsylvania Monument. We can store your bikes overnight on the deck or in the metal barn. You can also rent bikes in town.
Create Memories Here at Battlefield Bed and Breakfast Inn you will make memories with your family that will last a lifetime.
Local Gettysburg activities for children of all ages
Gettysburg has a multitude of family-friendly activities. Use this free guide to plan your next family vacation in the historic Gettysburg, PA.
GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK
With 30 miles of roads and 6000 acres, you will find plenty of space to hike and explore with your children. Devil's Den is a favorite, but please watch your children on the rocks.
The National Park Visitor Center is designed with all ages in mind. If you are bringing young children, here are some approaches that can capture the imaginations of young visitors.
Make up stories about the exhibits. Young children may not grasp the big picture, but they can enjoy making up stories of their own about what is going on. You might even enjoy writing a family storybook about Gettysburg.
Have a treasure hunt. Look through the museum for Civil War symbols like a musket, a Confederate Flag, a cavalry saddle, a drum, a sword, and a cannon.
History comes to life. If your children are studying American History, they will love seeing the artifacts first-hand. The museum has hours worth of displays and exhibits. The movie and the Cyclorama Painting are worth the entrance fee.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY BATTLEFIELD TOURS
There are several different ways to tour the Gettysburg Battlefield with kids.
You can reserve a tour with a Licensed Battlefield Guide by calling the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides. Licensed Battlefield Guides ride in your personal motor vehicle and give you a tour of the Battlefield. Tours can be set to a standard two hours or additional hours can be added to extend the length of the tour beyond two hours. You can also tell a Guide whether there is a specific area of focus that you would prefer them to focus the tour on.
Listen to dramatic narration as you cruise through the most famous parts of the battlefield. The B&B sells copies of the award-winning audio tour “The Gettysburg Story.” Play the CDs in your car, choosing either the 2, 2.5, or 3 hour versions of the tour.
Pick up a free copy of the Gettysburg Auto Tour map at the National Military Park Visitor's Center. The Auto Tour brochure is also available online. With this guide you can drive from place to place at your own pace in your personal motor vehicle and learn the story of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Ride a double-decker bus. Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tours takes you and your family through the battlefield with a licensed battlefield guide. If you prefer a climate-controlled environment, they also have enclosed coaches available.
LIVING HISTORY ENCAMPMENTS
Each year, the American Civil War Museum, General Lee's Headquarters, the Gettysburg Heritage Center and the Gettysburg National Military Park host Living History Encampments. The National Park has living history programs available at several sites throughout the tourist season. Programs at the American Civil War Museum
Children enlist in the army and learn something about what it meant to be a soldier in the Civil War in this one-hour program at the Museum and Visitor Center. For ages 7-12. Sign up at the information desk (Limited to 25 participants). Daily at 11:00 A.M. from mid-June through mid-August.
LAND OF LITTLE HORSES
Your children will love the miniature horses and lively terriers. An indoor arena houses the performances. Visit the barns to view the tiny horses. Watch pig races. Enjoy hands-on activities and events. More information
THE SHRIVER HOUSE MUSEUM
Show your children how people lived in 1863 at this restored town-home in the center of Gettysburg. More information
ALL-STAR FAMILY FUN AND SPORTS CENTER
Arcade, go-carts, batting cages, mini-golf, billiard room, and indoor sports arenas and courts. This attraction is a favorite for teens. More information
THE GETTYSBURG HERITAGE CENTER
Utilizing artifacts, historical documents, interactive displays, and 3-D productions, visitors will gain a better understanding of the events that took place in the town before, during and after the battle. Find out how the people reacted to the invasion of the town – freeze, flee or fight? Hear accounts of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in a time when their home was in turmoil. More information
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD TOURS
Deb McCauslin loves to share the history of the Underground Railroad and the Quaker community in the Gettysburg area. Call ahead for tours. Recommended for older children. More information
NATIONAL APPLE MUSEUM
Learn all about apples and apple-growing. Adams County is the biggest apple producer in the USA outside of Washington State. More information
EXPLORE AND MORE
This tiny attraction is someplace that you can take your 3-8 year olds to give them a moment that they can enjoy in an environment built just for them.
HORSEBACK RIDING 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. There is a minimum age limit for horseback riding, usually around 10 years old. Carriage Rides are offered in warmer weather. Some will take you around historic downtown Gettysburg and others will go on a battlefield tour.
Granite Hill Campground Adventure Golf (open to the public)
HIKE THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
For the serious hikers in your family, head 20 minutes to Caledonia Park and hike part of the Appalachian Trail. The park also has easier nature walks, streams to play in, and a fun pool with a water-slide open weekends in the summer. More information