As spring draws near in Adams County, Pa., we see the quaint town of Gettysburg and the neighboring areas preparing for a time of fruitfulness and beauty. Among other experiences, it signifies the beginning of outdoor adventures, live music overlooking breathtaking orchards and the opening of farm markets to purchase fresh locally-grown produce.
We prepared a list of some of these signature spring things to get excited about in Gettysburg.
Living History Weekends on the Battlefield
You always know that spring is upon us when the Living History Weekends begin on the Gettysburg Battlefield at the beginning of April. Confederate and Union living history groups will encamp at Spangler’s Spring, Pitzer Woods and the Pennsylvania Memorial through October. These interactive encampments bring history to life with a close-up look at the lives of the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg.
Take a drive through the Adams County countryside during the spring season, and you’ll see first-hand why it is called ‘Apple Country.’ Gorgeous apple blossoms, and other fruit varieties, are in bloom across acres upon acres of orchards that line the hillsides. You definitely want to take the scenic route to Gettysburg in the spring! Check out our recommendations for the ‘Top 10 Places for Springtime Blossoms in Adams County.’
During this annual event, you have the rare opportunity to walk through some of the most historic buildings in Gettysburg that are typically closed to the public. Doors Open Gettysburg offers an insider’s look into the preservation of many of Gettysburg National Military Park’s magnificent historic buildings.
Adams County is the heart of Pennsylvania’s Fruit Belt and includes 25 roadside farm markets as well as weekly markets throughout the area. Spring is the start of the growing season and you’ll start to see lots of delicious locally-grown fruits and vegetables available for purchase. Stop by one of our farm markets on your spring getaway for a true taste of Gettysburg.
Outdoor Battlefield Tours
The spring season opens up the opportunity to tour the battlefield, and the town, a number of unique ways while enjoying the great outdoors. Strap on a helmet and tour the battlefield by Segway, Scoote Coupe, horseback, bicycle or scooter. There is also something to be said about walking it by foot, just as the soldiers did in 1863.
The Bluegrass Festival
Every spring, Granite Hill Camping Resort hosts a Semi-Annual Bluegrass Festival with bands and fans from around the world! For four days, bluegrass music bellows through the campground as some of the biggest names in the industry play from the main stage. During a break from the music, you will find a stocked trout pond, fabulous Adventure Golf Course, swimming pool, tennis court, game room, playgrounds and a bass and boating lake for entertainment.
The Gettysburg area is home to some breathtaking golf courses throughout the scenic countryside. This spring, cure your cabin fever by venturing out on the green and working on your golf game. After your game, have a bite to eat at one of these ‘Nine Places to Grab a Round after a Round in Gettysburg.’
Gettysburg is quickly becoming known for its food as well as its history! As the sun comes out, enjoy some of our mouthwatering cuisine outside in Downtown Gettysburg and watch as people explore our historic town. You can also drink some of our locally produced wine with dinner at one of our wineries. The views are nothing short of glorious and if you come on a weekend, you’re likely to hear some live music while you dine.
The Gettysburg Outdoor Antique Show
Sprawling out from Gettysburg’s historic Lincoln Square, the antique event is billed as a “buyers and sellers” paradise, with high quality antiques and collectibles. Semi-annually, buyers and collectors treasure hunt in historic Gettysburg for great deals to bring home with them!
By the end of winter, many hikers are itching to hit the trails! The Gettysburg area has some incredible spots for spring hikes to cure that itch this spring. Trek through woodlands, over creeks and across the battlefield with a hike at one of our five favorites near Gettysburg!
Whether you’re into history, the outdoors or our culinary scene – there is something for everyone in Gettysburg! Begin planning your spring getaway today!