Gettysburg, PA Travel Tips
Gettysburg, PA, is the place to visit for all things Civil War-related. Does your family like history, ghost stories, great local culture, and a friendly atmosphere? If so, your first choice should be to rent a property in Gettysburg. Vacation rentals are a great and affordable way to get the most bang for your family’s buck on your trip to Gettysburg. Rentals provide increased comfort and that home-away-from-home feeling while you visit. And since many rental properties are listed online by owners, you can support the local economy while you save money on your family vacation.
Gettysburg cabin rentals are also available, for people who prefer more rustic, secluded vacation rentals. Gettysburg, PA, has many campgrounds located near beautiful forests, pristine lakes and rivers, and rolling hills. These sites can provide a breathtaking and relaxing country getaway. Whether you stay in the heart of Gettysburg or in the more secluded outskirts of the battlefield, you’re just short drive away from whatever your family might need. Gettysburg vacation rentals put your family in the heart of the local culture.
Attractions in Gettysburg
The Gettysburg Battlefield
is the main attraction. There are many tours for families, including great walking tours. For tired or little feet, there are classic car, trolley, or even Segway tours, which are loads of fun. The Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center is nearby so you can follow up on what you learned out in the battlefield. The Gettysburg Museum of History is free and differs from what you've already seen on the field, while the Gettysburg National Cemetary is a place to pay your respects to the fallen. The Shriver House is a great piece of storytelling and has stood the test of time, and Sachs Covered Bridge is a beautiful remembrance of the architecture of the era. The Jennie Wade House is another must-see spot in Gettysburg, and the Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum is top notch for local history.
After you soak up some history and work up an appetite at the battlefield, try out a local eatery. Downtown Gettysburg is an easy walk, and it has hundreds of specialty shops, Civil War memorabilia vendors, and the works of local artists.
They don’t call Gettysburg one of the most haunted places for nothing. After dark, your family can get scared silly on one of the many ghost tours or sit in during a scary storytelling session. You could even become a paranormal investigator: Join the Lifting Spirits Paranormal Society
for a spooky night out. You’ll hear local legends and eerie tales surrounding the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. You might even meet a ghost or two!
After a long day exploring the hallowed ground of Gettysburg you're going to work up an appetite. Take the family to Mr. G's Ice Cream, the #1 rated restaurant in Gettysburg on TripAdvisor. Get a lunch "education" at Food 101, or some sweets at Kilwin's. Hunt's Battlefield Fries & Cafe serves the classics to perfection while Dobbin House Tavern takes you back in time for a delicious meal. For the best pizza in the area, you'll want to visit Tommy's, and for an instituion eatery you should see Gettysburg Eddie's.
Depending on the time of year, you might also be able to take part in a fun local event or festival. In June, you can enjoy days of musical performances and art shows during Gettysburg Fest. July brings the annual Battle of Gettysburg re-enactment. And if you’re planning a vacation in September, sample the sounds and flavors of the Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival.
At the Victorian Photo Studio you can dress up like it's the 1800s and take a grainy, old timey photo as a souvenir. Very fun and a cool experience for all ages. The Horse Soldier has actual war artifacts for sale, and Gettysburg Battlefield Books has all types of reading for you to continue your education on this fascinating war. There are traditional outlet shops here in Gettysburg with many name brands you're used to seeing at malls.
No matter what your family is looking for, Gettysburg has it all. Choosing rentals in Gettysburg, PA, can make your next family trip comfortable, memorable, and affordable. Browse our featured Gettysburg rentals to start planning your next family adventure today!