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Top 15 things to do in Gettysburg

1. Gettysburg National Military Park

Located on the site of one of the bloodiest episodes in American history, Gettysburg National Military Park preserves the landscape of the historic 1863 battle between the Union and Confederate forces. Though the battle resulted in the largest number of casualties in the entire American Civil War, it became the turning point of the dramatic conflict when the Union army turned back the Confederate attempt to invade the North. The military park contains most of the original battlefield, as well as many support areas, including the supply and hospital locations. Start your exploration at the park's museum and visitor center, where you can see over 40,000 war artifacts and an enormous cyclorama painting of the battle by French artist Paul Philippoteaux.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $20 › Learn more about Gettysburg National Military Park

2. Gettysburg National Cemetery

President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of Gettysburg National Cemetery on November 19, 1863. Some 3,500 Union soldiers were laid to rest here following the Battle of Gettysburg in June 1863, considered a significant Union victory. Originally buried on the battlefield where they lay for fear of disease, the soldiers’ remains were exhumed from their shallow graves and reinterred in this cemetery. Together with the battlefield on which the Confederate attack took place, the cemetery forms the Gettysburg National Military Park, which seeks to preserve the history of the battle and its lasting legacy. Start off at the visitor center, where you can learn more about the battle in the museum or choose to take a guided tour of the cemetery.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
Tours from $8 › Learn more about Gettysburg National Cemetery

3. Horseback Riding Tours

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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4. 2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide

FROM $38
Witness landmarks and monuments relating to the Battle of Gettysburg on this guided bus tour of the carefully restored battlefield. Your knowledgeable guide discusses the various phases of this three-day battle that was the turning point in the American Civil War. See significant locations including McPherson Ridge, Culp's Hill, Little Round Top, Devil's Den and the site of Pickett's Charge. Ideal for history lovers, this tour is a somber exploration of one of the most pivotal places in America's past as well as a convenient drive from the nation's capital.
Suggested duration: 2h
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5. Ghost & Vampire Tours

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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6. Gettysburg Museum of History

Get a sense of Americana from the broad, diverse collection at Gettysburg Museum of History, housing artifacts from the Civil War and World Wars I and II, as well as items associated with U.S. presidents and pop icons. Made famous by the popular television show "American Pickers," the museum is owned and curated by passionate collector Erik L. Dorr. See Civil War memorabilia, such as a frock coat and carbine rifle, as well as some rather bizarre relics, including a lock of Marilyn Monroe's hair and a portion of a car seat stained with JFK's blood.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $8 › Learn more about Gettysburg Museum of History

7. Jennie Wade House

Hear the story of Mary Virginia "Jennie" Wade, the only civilian to be killed during the Battle of Gettysburg, at Jennie Wade House. Here, you can take a guided tour of the house where Wade was shot by a stray bullet during the three-day battle. On July 1, 1863, 20-year old Wade was visiting her sister when one of the more than 150 bullets that hit the home shot through the door and pierced her heart. The home is decorated with artifacts from the day Wade died, and guides in period clothing retell the story of her death. The guides also describe life in Gettysburg during the battle. During the tour, your guide will point out various bullet holes in the walls, including the one through which the fateful bullet entered. Notice the floorboard where Wade stood--still marked with her blood.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $8 › Learn more about Jennie Wade House

8. Civil War Ghosts of Gettysburg Tour

FROM $30
Visitors to the Civil War Ghosts tour can investigate both the historical and paranormal accounts of each of our carefully chosen tour destinations. Our tour guides will take you securely through the foggy streets while telling you tales of mystery, fear, and tragedy. There will be many chances for you to witness the supernatural force of this ancient city. We are top-rated, scariest, most authenticate, historically haunted tour! 
Suggested duration: 1h
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9. Little Round Top

Marking a pivotal moment in the American history, Little Round Top is a must-stop for history buffs. Offering sweeping views of the "Valley of Death," this small mound was the most important site of the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Pay attention to the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment monument--the most popular monument in the entire military park. Consider stopping by the visitor center before going to the actual sites to get a better understanding of the historic events.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $10 › Learn more about Little Round Top

10. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Harpers Ferry

At Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, you'll see the center of 19th century industry. The park features many small museums and exhibits, battlefields, uninhabited hillside houses, and picturesque streets. Take a guided tour with a ranger and hear about the town's history, which began 8,000 years ago. See galleries such as the wax museum, the blacksmith shop, and the clocks and jewelry exhibit, or visit the bookshop, tavern, and the dry goods store. Plan your visit in advance in order to get the most out of this attraction.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
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11. Eisenhower National Historic Site

Eisenhower National Historic Site is the former home of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. As you drive toward the house, notice the 50 spruce trees that line the road to represent the 50 states. Inside, you'll see furniture and decor that was present when the Eisenhowers still lived here, as well as artifacts that honor the president's legacy. A successful cattle operation is managed on the farmland, and a tour of the working ranch is included in the admission price. A shuttle bus from the nearby Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center is included in your admission fee.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $10 › Learn more about Eisenhower National Historic Site

12. Gettysburg Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour

FROM $10
Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! This narrated, self-guided tour of the Battle of Gettysburg brings to life the most important battle of the Civil War! Here, Union forces staged a nearly impossible defense against Confederate attackers and won! Drive in the footsteps of Civil War soldiers, re-live the battle strategies of the key Gettysburg generals and embark on an adventure that brings this historic three-day battle to life. With this tour, you can explore Gettysburg’s history with maximum flexibility, safety, and value. • This flexible, self-led tour option is great for independent travelers • Explore Gettysburg’s key battle sites and landmarks in comfort • The in-depth audio narration helps bring the history to life
Suggested duration: 2h - 4h
Tours from $10 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Savor Gettysburg Food Tours

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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14. Shriver House Museum

Visit Shriver House Museum to learn the story of the Civil War's Battle of Gettysburg through the lives of the Shriver family. The home has been restored to its 1860's appearance. You'll get an authentic look at how the battle affected the lives of the civilians of Gettysburg. Hettie Shriver, fearing for the safety of her young daughters, went to stay at the family's farm out of town, where some of the worst fighting took place. Guides in period clothing recount how Confederate soldiers quickly seized the empty house to set up a sharpshooter's nest. Notice the civil war bullets, some of which were still live when found in the attic in 1996.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
Tours from $8 › Learn more about Shriver House Museum

15. Gettysburg: Ghost Hunt Tour with Ghost Hunting Equipment

Likely to sell out FROM $30
We provide special ghost hunting gear and guidance as you conduct the "inquiries" in a dark and spooky "haunt" known for its spectral activity. Our old school Ghost Hunt is preceded by our popular Ghost Walk, highlighting battle history and tales of specific hauntings along the sidewalks and alleyways of this historic old town. This 50/50 tour is for the truly adventurous! Includes some uphill and uneven pavement. No children under 12 please.
Suggested duration: 1h 30min
Tours from $30 › More about this tour at viator.com ›