Seeped in our nation’s rich history, alive with a modern foodie scene, and as family-friendly as they come, Gettysburg is one destination you should definitely have on your family’s bucketlist. Read on to learn about all the amazing things to do in Gettysburg with kids.
5 Reasons to Visit Gettysburg with Kids
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1 Rich in American History
There are a few cities in America that represent our nation’s past. The ones that come to mind are Boston, Philadelphia, Williamsburg, San Francisco and, of course, Gettysburg Pennsylvania. Gettysburg is known for the deadliest battle the took place during the Civil War back in 1863. A battle that claimed the lives of around 50,000 American soldiers between both the Union and Confederate Armies. It was where the tides began to change, a real turning point in the war, eventually leading to a victory for the Union Army. And, it is also where President Lincoln made his famous “Gettysburg Address” speech as well. It is this sense of our past that draws most tourists to Gettysburg. They want to pay their respects, visit the museums and tour the battlefields.
But, what families will really love (especially the kids) is how visiting Gettysburg makes history fun. Take an engaging tour through the battlefields with an actual historian. Or you can also explore it by bike and horseback too. Interact with the exhibits and experience history come alive through first person presentations and encampments. Learn more about the historical tours and offerings through Destination Gettysburg here.
2 Tons of Outdoor Activities
Think a trip to Gettysburg only consists of museum visits and walking tours? Well, think again because Gettysburg has tons to offer outdoor enthusiasts from hiking, biking, horseback riding and even golf.
Horseback- enjoy the battlefields with a unique perspective, upon horseback. There are several stables that offer this wonderful experience.
Biking- hop on a bike and ride on 26-miles of paved road in the Gettysburg National Military Park.
Hiking- hike through 10 miles of trails, where you can discover wet and dry woodlands, mountain streams, ponds and even a restored mineral quarry.
Golf- The Links at Gettysburg was rated 4 1/2 Stars by Golf Digest!
3 Amazing Food Experiences
Whether you are looking for an amazing culinary scene or you want to teach your kids where food comes from Gettysburg has something in store for you. Long before the famous battles that made this town famous, Gettysburg was home to a vibrant network of farmers. Today you can still experience the farm life by visiting one of the many orchards or vineyards. Or you can check out the foodie scene and see what the local chefs whipping up with the amazing farm fresh ingredients. Check out the farm-to-table offerings and taste the local craft beverages.
Of course, the kids will enjoy a trip to one of the friendly animal farms where they can check out the adorable animals like the Land of Little Horses Farm Park, home to the cutest miniature horses and other furry friends.
4 Relax & Unwind
What is a vacation without a little rest and relaxation? Surrounded by the sheer outdoor beauty and lovely day spas guests can take solace in Gettysburg.
Whether you like to escape the hustle and bustle of a fast-paced life by slowing down and heading to a campground to enjoy the simpler things life has to offer or you like to indulge in a day at the spa, Gettysburg has you covered.
5 Budget Friendly
Another reason to head to Gettysburg with kids is the fact that you can do so on a budget. Admission to the national park and visitors center is completely FREE and the museum only charges a nominal fee for access to the film and exhibits. Plus, accommodations range from campgrounds to upscale boutique hotels allowing families to have more options when it comes to those costs as well.
And, with so many local farms and large open grassy areas picnics become a cheap and easy way to dine too!
Tips on Visiting Gettysburg with Kids
1 Research the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg prior to visiting so that children are prepared to visit such a tragic part of our nation’s history.
2 Book a guided tour. I find that having a trained guide allows parents to relax. It helps that guides know where all the restrooms are and the answers to many of your kids burning questions too.
3 Follow your kids’ lead. They may be fascinated by a particular field, the uniforms, or a specific soldiers story. Nourish their fascination and wonder versus trying to cover as much ground as possible.
Looking to plan a trip to Gettysburg with your family? Destination Gettysburg is an excellent resource to help you plan an amazing family vacation.
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