Beyond the Battlefield: Things to do in Gettysburg with Kids

This post was sponsored by Destination Gettysburg. I am excited to showcase more of this area that I enjoyed visiting so much. All opinions are my own. Since visiting Gettysburg, I’ve become an evangelist for this area and have encouraged many families to add it to their “must-visit” list. Of course the main reason why families visit is to see the National Battlefield, where so many men lost their lives in one of the deadliest battles of the Civil War. I’ve written about why families should visit the Park with an official guide and what a powerful experience that can be.

But even if your family loves history and they are fascinated to learn about the Battle of Gettysburg, we all know that kids need more than just a history lesson during your travels. Luckily there are plenty of other things to do in Gettysburg with kids. So I was happy when Destination Gettysburg asked me to highlight some of the other things to do in Gettysburg with kids. I’ve broken them down by season, so you can get a good idea of what there is to do throughout the year.

Things to do in Gettysburg with Kids

Apple picking in GettysburgFall Autumn is probably one of the nicest times to visit, when the area’s many apple orchards are ready to harvest, fall events abound, the leaves are changing and the weather is just perfect.

  • Wine & Cider Tasting — it is a perfect time to try Gettysburg’s Wine Trail and stop in to some of the many orchards, wineries, and cideries in the area. One of my favorites is Hauser Estate Winery.
  • National Apple Festival – The first two weekends in October bring the National Apple Festival, which has been celebrated in Gettysburg for over 50 years! Here you will find arts and crafts vendors; antique and classic cars; hayrides; a petting zoo; pony rides; pie baking and eating contest; scarecrow building; and tractor square dancing.
  • Fields of Adventure – On weekends in September and October, families can enjoy the corn maze, hayrides, petting zoo, pumpkin picking, zipline and other activities at Fields of Adventure.
  • Ghost tours – if ever there was a place that felt haunted, it is Gettysburg. Just stepping onto the Battlefield raised the hair on my arms. So if you like to get spooked, it is the perfect place for a ghost tour or a candlelight walking tour.

Gettysburg ghost toursWinter It may get cold and snowy on the Battlefield, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t fun to be had during the winter.

  • Liberty Mountain – nearby Liberty Mountain offers skiing, snowboarding and tubing for the whole family.
  • Shriver House – not all the historic sites in Gettysburg are outside. The Shriver House shows you what it was like to live in the town during this horrific battle and even see where Confederate soldiers hid out in the attic.
  • David Wills House – see where Lincoln stayed overnight and finished writing his famous Gettysburg Address.
  • Eisenhower National Historic Site – Dwight Eisenhower was stationed near Gettysburg in World War I and when he wanted a place to settle down, he returned and bought a farm very close to the Battlefield. After becoming President, Eisenhower hosted many famous guests here including Premier Nikita Khrushchev of the Soviet Union, President Charles de Gaulle of France, Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Britain, and Gov. Ronald Reagan of California.
  • Carlisle Sports Emporium – this mega entertainment complex has over 75,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor fun for all ages with three go-kart tracks, two 18-hole themed miniature golf courses, a 2-story lasertron laser tag arena, an arcade, an indoor rock climbing wall, roller skating and café.

2 Days in Gettysburg, PA - visit the Shriver House Museum Spring I visited Gettysburg in the spring and I can attest to how beautiful it can be when the apple, pear and peach trees come into bloom.

  • Golf – whether it is one of Gettysburg’s award-winning golf courses or a simple game of mini-golf at Mulligan MacDuffer.
  • Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum – where else can you find 12,000 elephants but in Gettysburg? Once you are done browsing through his extensive display, you can have fun shopping at the over 700 varieties of candies and fudge.
  • Biking — Healthy Adams Bicycle/Pedestrian (HABPI) offers a variety of bike ride options in town, on the battlefield and throughout the county.
  • Horseback riding – it may be on the Battlefield, but in a whole different way. Cornerstone Farm Horseback Tours, National Riding Stables and Confederate Trails allow you to see the battlefield from a different perspective by riding the actual trails where offers rode and infantry marched during the great battle.
  • Food tours – I love exploring a new place through my belly and food tours are a great way to do this. There’s no better way to see the town you’re visiting than to eat your way through it.  With Gettysburg Food Tours you can explore the historic downtown area and taste your way through history.

2 Days in Gettysburg - Minigolf at Mulligan MacDuffers Summer Summer is going to be the busiest time in Gettysburg, but also one of the best times to enjoy all the area has to offer.

  • Historic Round Barn — The Historic Round Barn and Round Barn Farm Market is one of only a handful of round barns surviving today. Starting in early May through October, the farm market offers a wide selection of own grown and local fresh fruits and vegetables during the season.
  • Land of Little Horses – also open May through October, the Land of Little Horses has a large herd of miniature horses, as well as other farmyard animals. Visitors can meet the animals, see daily performances, and even play in the replica western town.
  • In Their Shoes – learn what it was like to be a soldier in the Civil War with a very unique camp – complete with wagons, tents, and full battle dress.
  • Steam into History – ride a replica of the steam engine that brought Lincoln to his now famous Gettysburg Address. Along the way, you’ll hear about the towns and villages he passed along the way and the skirmish at Hanover Junction prior to the Battle of Gettysburg.

Land of Little Horses in Gettysburg, PA So please do visit Gettysburg and soak in all the history at the Battlefield – but also take some time to enjoy everything else that Gettysburg has to offer.

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  1. Great suggestions. I love Gettysburg. Amazing foodie destination.

      I’ll have to go back for more of the dining scene.

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