Rightfully so, touring Gettysburg National Military Park is high on the to-do list of most people traveling to Gettysburg, Pa. The 6,000 acre Civil War military park is steeped in history and holds the stories and legacies of the thousands of soldiers who fought here during the Battle of Gettysburg. Because there is so much history to discover, and so many ways in which to discover it, we’ve broken down the options of touring the battlefield for you.
Whether you’ve never toured the Gettysburg battlefield and need a place to start, or if you’ve toured it many times and are just looking for a new perspective, check out our list of 10 ways to tour the battlefield in Gettysburg!
Experience the Gettysburg battlefield from a higher perspective while riding a horse. Gettysburg has many horse tour companies to choose from, all offering memorable experiences, and most offering Licensed Battlefield Guide tours. You don’t have to be experienced to take a horse tour in Gettysburg – your guides will be sure to acquaint you with your horse and make sure you are comfortable before you depart. If you have a horse of your own, the Gettysburg battlefield is a great place to visit for a day of riding. Just grab a map of the horse trails on the battlefield before you begin.
In a Horse-Drawn Carriage
If relaxing in a horse-drawn carriage sounds more appealing to you, you can do that in Gettysburg, too. Take a step back in time and take in the sights of the battlefield at a leisurely pace with a horse-drawn carriage tour of the battlefield. Victorian Carriage Company offers a variety of horse-drawn Licensed Battlefield Guide tours – some offering an overview of the Battle of Gettysburg as well as more in-depth special topic tours. Once you’ve done the battlefield, be sure to check out their horse-drawn carriage town tours as well!
On a Segway
Cover lots of ground on a Segway tour of the Gettysburg battlefield! Segways are environmentally friendly, easy to learn and are a fun way to get around. Segway Tours of Gettysburg offers a variety of Licensed Battlefield Guide tours – a western battlefield tour, an eastern battlefield tour and specialty tours as well. After getting warmed up during a Segway orientation round at the shop, you’ll head off to the battlefield for the tour.
In a Scoot Coupe
Yes, scoot coupes are just as fun as they sound! Hop in the colorful, mini open-air vehicles and cruise around the Gettysburg battlefield. GettyPeds offers the scoot coupes as hourly rentals as well as Licensed Battlefield Guide tours. Scoot coupes are three-wheeled scooters with side-by-side seating, perfect for couples or family adventures.
On a Scooter
If you’re looking for an adventure and you have a motorcycle endorsement on your license, hop on a scooter to tour the Gettysburg battlefield! You can rent by the hour from GettyPeds or take a Licensed Battlefield guide scooter tour. Take in the sights of the battlefield on two wheels!
On a Bicycle
If you love to ride bicycles, this just may be the way for you. Rent a bike by the hour with GettysBike, or take one of their Licensed Battlefield Guide bicycle tours. While the battlefield roads are shared with cars, cyclists, pedestrians, and even the occasional horse crossing, the speed limit is low and many roads are one way, making it a pleasant and stress-free way to tour. You can bring your own bicycle to tour the park as well. Just be sure to grab a park map and plan your route before you begin.
For a bicycle experience but with a little help for those hills, try an electric bicycle tour of the battlefield. GettyPeds offers hourly rentals of their electric bicycles, which are equipped with pedal assist motors. You can take a Licensed Battlefield Guide tour on an electric bicycle with GettyPeds as well.
With a Licensed Battlefield Guide
If you’re looking for an in-depth and personalized tour of the battlefield, hire a Licensed Battlefield Guide to show you the way. A Licensed Battlefield Guide will find what interests your group the most and provide a tour of the battlefield designed specifically for you. You can sit back and take it all in, as they drive your car for you, telling stories of the battle and answering any and all questions that you may have.
Lace up your walking shoes and explore Gettysburg National Military Park on foot! Choose a section of the battlefield and walk in the footsteps of soldiers. Try one of these eight great battlefield walks and hikes. Or make your way through these seven secrets of the Gettysburg battlefield. For more of a guided walking experience, Gettysburg National Military Park offers free Park Ranger-led battlefield walks throughout the year that help to tell the many stories of the Battle of Gettysburg.
On a Bus
Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tours offers several options for those looking to tour the battlefield on a bus. Take a dramatized audio bus tour, where the sound of a Hollywood cast of actors and technicians recreate the Battle of Gettysburg throughout the tour. Or, hear the stories and insights of the battle on a tour with a Licensed Battlefield Guide. If you want to feel the wind blowing through your hair, be sure to book a spot on the double decker bus!
On Your Own
There are several options for self-guided tours of the Gettysburg battlefield which enable you to tour in your own time and in your own way. Stop by the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center or Destination Gettysburg to pick up an auto-tour map. These maps highlight key locations on the battlefield with brief descriptions of each stop. Or download the Gettysburg Driving Tour app that takes you through the 16-stop auto tour of the park. You can purchase The Gettysburg Field Guide which includes a battlefield audio tour that plays through your smartphone plus an 84-page full-color guidebook filled with detailed maps, photographs and trivia. Another fun option is to take an iPad tour of the battlefield. Pick up your iPad from InSite Gettysburg and enjoy live battle video and audio with special effects as you tour.
With 6,000 acres of park and many ways to explore it, touring the battlefield is something that you can do again and again while continuing to experience something new. What ways will you tour the battlefield?