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Gettysburg National Military Park
Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg National Military Park

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1195 Baltimore Pike (Route 97), Gettysburg

The Basics

Entry to the Gettysburg National Military Park and Visitor Center is free, but an admission fee allows access to a short film, Gettysburg Museum exhibits, and the Visitor Center’s Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama, an immersive 360-degree oil painting. The park features more than 26 miles of paved roads connecting key Gettysburg battlefield sites. Take a self-drive battlefield tour using an audio guide or a self-guided map, or opt for a walking tour with a licensed battlefield guide. Bus tours are available from the visitor center, and Gettysburg day trip group tours from Washington DC are another option.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Gettysburg

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Great time
Theodoshia_H, Jul 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
The narrator was wonderful.The bus was clean and very comfortable.My granddaughter and i had a great time
star-5
Outstanding
Dave_Smith, Jul 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
Guide was EXTREMELY knowledgeable on subject matter!!! We could hear him both in the bud as well as outside the bus! Bud was comfortable and clean!!!
star-4
Gettysburg with Teens
Michelle_T, Jun 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
Bus was clean and comfortable. Guide was insightful. There wasn’t a lot of time at each stop, there was a bathroom coffee shop stop in the middle that I wish was eliminated in favor of more time at Little Round Top or the site of Pickett’s Charge.
star-5
Do the bus tour!
Lyn_B, Apr 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
This 2 hour tour is the best way to learn about the 3 day battle and the sacrifices made in Gettysburg. Mr Dave, our Park guide, was passionate and learned in his descriptions and details. Fred, our driver, made stops for us to walk around some monuments and use a restroom halfway through the tour. Bus was clean and I felt safe.
star-5
Great way to see the Battlefield
Eric_P, Jul 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
The tour guide was awesome and explained things in detail that would not have been clear otherwise. He also made the tour entertaining and had extensive knowledge about Gettysburg.
star-5
Informative and enjoyable
George_Meara, Jul 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
We enjoyed the entire tour. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and made everything so interesting. The bus driver was also very courteous and pleasant.
star-5
Must do
Mary_H, Jul 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
The tour and tour guide was really good. In a short amount of time they were able to lead us through the days and the battles and the people at Gettysburg.
star-5
Rich with history
Mary_F, Jul 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
There is so much to see here the tour gives you a broad base and a desire to come and see more. Great tour guide.
star-5
World class tour guide
Bruce_W, Jul 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
Our tour guide Sam was exceptional! We learned so much about the battle of Gettysburg from him! We couldn’t believe he could empathize so much information in just two hours!
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The Gettysburg Experience
Karen, Jul 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
This tour was a good overview of Gettysburg. The guide was very knowledgeable. It a good way for a senior citizen to enjoy the Gettysburg experience.
star-4
Gettysburg first time
Carol_S, Jul 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
Very educational and lots of information. Sometimes it was hard to hear out guide. He seemed very passionate and knowledgeable but didn’t look at patrons so was hard to hear
star-5
Wonderful, wonderful!
Ann_G, Jul 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
Fabulous tour with a perfect narrative, driver, and support staff! Highly recommend! Very caring on an extremely hot day!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Climbing on any monuments or cannons on the Gettysburg battlefield is prohibited.

  • Be prepared for variable weather; summer heat and humidity can be intense and snow or ice may temporarily close some roads in winter.

  • Ranger-led hikes, walking tours, and talks are available in the summer. Get info at the visitor center.

  • Living history programs demonstrating Civil War tools and tactics take place on weekends from April to October.

  • Beware of ticks when walking through tall grass and brush in Gettysburg National Military Park.

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How to Get to Gettysburg

Gettysburg National Military Park is located about 80 miles (135 km) north of Washington DC, near the town of Gettysburg, Penn. From DC, the best way to reach Gettysburg is by car or bus tour. It’s also possible to take a train to Harrisburg, Penn., before catching a bus to the town of Gettysburg, where public transit runs regularly between the town, the park, and other nearby Civil War sites such as the David Wills House, the Majestic Theater, and the Historic Gettysburg Train Station.

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When to Get There

While Gettysburg is open year-round, spring and fall are ideal times to visit due to mild weather. The National Military Park is open longest in spring, summer, and fall, and more activities take place as well. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. from April 1 to October 31 and has slightly shorter hours from November 1 to March 31. The Museum and Visitor Center are open daily. Every July 1–3, epic battle reenactments—with hundreds of participants dressed in period garb—recreate fateful battle days and hold lectures, kids’ activities, and educational workshops for visitors. Come fall, spooky after-hours Gettysburg ghost tours are held by candlelight.

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Gettysburg Sights to See

Highlights within Gettysburg National Military Park include the Soldiers' National Cemetery, Cemetery Ridge, and Seminary Ridge. Adjacent to the park is the Eisenhower National Historic Site, accessible by free shuttle from the Gettysburg Visitor Center. In the town of Gettysburg, you'll find the Shriver House Museum and the David Wills House, where President Abraham Lincoln finished writing the Gettysburg Address. Explore the sites around town on a segway tour or horseback tour.

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