Let me start off by saying I am by no means an expert on visiting Gettysburg, PA. However, I do love history and have wanted to revisit Gettysburg for some years now. So, what is there to do on a weekend in Gettysburg? Below is a list of what a friend and I managed to do, even in pouring down rain!
Our first stop after arriving in Gettysburg was to set up our tent at the Gettysburg/Battlefield KOA campground. If you aren’t into camping, there are plenty of other places to stay in town. Our campground was close enough to the town of Gettysburg and the park, plus the bathrooms were very clean!
2) Lincoln Square
We walked around Lincoln Square while waiting for a seat at The Pub & Restaurant. There were many shops and restaurants to enjoy, as well as a few statues and historical signs to read!
3) Gettysburg National Military Park
A trip to Gettysburg isn’t complete without a drive around the Gettysburg National Military Park. We started our morning with a visit to the museum and visitor center. They have a really wonderful Cyclorama that provides some insight into the Battle of Gettysburg.
The pictures below show only some of the people that were killed during the Battle of Gettysburg.
Our next stop after the visitor center was the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.
After that, we drove around the park for a few hours! We had a very detailed map of the different park routes and sights along the way so we were able to plan ahead and pick out where we wanted to stop. We ended up driving on most of the routes, but only got out of the car for special stops since it was raining!
On Sunday, we drove around for a little bit before we headed home and hit a few more stops along the way.
4) Sachs Covered Bridge
I’m always up for a stop at a covered bridge. We visited the Sachs Covered Bridge while it was pouring down rain. The bridge was used during the Battle of Gettysburg by both troops and is known as Pennsylvania’s most historic bridge. During our ghost tour later that night we learned the bridge is also haunted!
5) Walk Around the Town of Gettysburg
It was raining during our visit, so we went back to town and walked around a bit. This website has a comprehensive list of things to do in Gettysburg and we scanned it for a few ideas! My favorite stop was at a wine shop where we did a wine tasting.
6) Gettysburg Museum of History
The Gettysburg Museum of History was quite a surprise as it isn’t like your typical museum. It is filled from floor to ceiling, wall to wall, with all sorts of artifacts and memorabilia. I enjoyed wandering through the aisles looking at everything and learning a few things along the way!
7) Ice Cream Stop
As we were walking around town, we came across Kilwins, an delicious little ice cream and candy shop. I am a sucker for hand dipped ice cream and this place was definitely worth the visit and calories!
8) Ghost Tour
There are so many Ghost Tours to choose from. As we walked around town, we saw sign after sign advertising different tours. We ended up picking one by candlelight and enjoyed it. Though I didn’t see any ghosts, I learned Gettysburg is one of the most haunted places in America!!! Spoooooky!
The following pictures are of places people claim they have seen ghosts. Every window we passed, I had an eerie feeling I’d look in it and see a ghost staring back at me!
The river shown below was the cause of many deaths during the battle. Men were wounded by the river or crawled to the river for water, but then water levels rose and they drowned.
9) Horseback Ride of Gettysburg Battlefields
While I was researching ways to tour the Gettysburg battlefields, I learned of a few organizations that tour via horseback. I was sold!!! For two hours we explored the battlefields with our licensed battlefield expert and the amazing people of Confederate Trails Horse Tours. If you’re unfamiliar with riding a horse like me, I think an hour would’ve been enough, but even with a sore booty and aching legs I loved the experience!!
Check out the cannonball hole in the top of the building shown below!
It was a short stay in Gettysburg, but I learned a lot about the battle and town! I purchased a book from the gift shop with a list of many other Civil War sights that I cannot wait to visit!!
Have you ever visited Gettysburg? What was your favorite part?