Local Area Attractions
Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
Gettysburg has always been a "must see" for every American. With the opening of the new Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park on April 14, 2008, it became a "must do" for those who have visited before as well as those who have yet to come. The 139,000-square-foot Museum and Visitor Center blends the familiar with exciting new programs, exhibits and experiences. Throughout the 11 exhibit galleries, visitors still will encounter some of the popular items from the collection (weaponry and uniforms, for example) along with a great deal more. State-of-the-art galleries will use a greater variety of objects and artifacts from Gettysburg National Military Parks extensive collection (and from other museums and private collections from around the country) to offer perspective, and a greater appreciation for the sacrifices of those who became a part of the greatest battle ever fought in North America. It is also the home of The Gettysburg Cyclorama painting. Cyclorama, Film and Museum Experience: The film narrated by Morgan Freeman A New Birth of Freedom will orient your group to the Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War. After the film, ascend the escalator to see the massive Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama painting the largest painting in the country. This original 1884 work of art is larger than a football field and combines with an overhead canopy and three-dimensional diorama to create a Victorian illusion. Be surrounded by the action of Picketts Charge on the third day of the battle. And dont miss the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War, where the story of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War is told through 12 galleries, including artifacts, interactive exhibits and additional films. Allow one to two hours for the Cyclorama, Film and Museum Experience. Walk-Up Price Adult (ages 19+): $10.50 Seniors (65+) and Military Personnel: $9.50 AAA Discount: $9.50 Youth (ages 6-18): $6.50 Children (ages 5 and under): FREE More information is available by visiting Gettysburg National Park online.
Historic Battlefield Bus Tour
Enjoy your tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield in one of our classic 1930s Yellowstone Park buses, all splendidly restored. Ride in A/C comfort or with open top. See all the famous places and learn the full story of the epic three-day battle. A fascinating two hours. Choose between five different tours. Premier Battlefield Tours, Battlefield Tours for Kids, Old Town Tours, Sidetrip Tours to Harpers Ferry & Antietam, and The Winery Bus (with stops at two wineries). For more information visit Historic Battlefield Tour
Historic Conewago Vally Tour
The self-guided Historic Conewago Valley Tour takes you east and northeast of Gettysburg, offering you a view of the East Cavalry Battlefield, Victorian New Oxford and Early-American East Berlin. This tour covers approximately 40 miles of historic and scenic Adams County. The route is marked with "Historic Conewago Tour" signs, making it easy to follow. The tour will pass by the Salem United Methodist Church (circa 1904), working farms, antique dealers, and the Great Conewago Presbyterian Church (circa 1787). You will even travel Shrivers Corner Road, the second oldest road in Adams County and a road used by George Washington in his journey through this historical area. Stop in the office for your FREE map!
Underground Railroad Tours
The Underground Railroad of Adams County Tour takes place in the heart of the northern Adams County fruitbelt in the pristine Quaker Valley just ten minutes from Gettysburg. Visit the Yellow Hill Cemetery, the historic Menallen Friends Meetinghouse and the area where free Blacks and Quakers collaborated to help others find freedom years before the Civil War literally came to our doorsteps. For more information visit Underground Railroad Tours
Stars and Stripes Tour to Washington DC
Our Nation's Capital, Washington D.C. is just a short ride from historic Gettysburg. See it in a day with the Stars and Stripes Tour! Points of interest include: Iwo Jima Marine, Lincoln, Vietnam, Korean War Veterans and WWII Memorials. Enjoy a narrated Stars and Stripes Riding Tour that highlights: The White House, Capitol Hill, Pennsylvania Avenue, Jefferson Memorial, More than 30 Embassies, Ford's Theater, The Navy Memorial, Washington National Cathedral, Vice-President's House, and many other historic landmarks. You get to choose how to spend your three hours of free time. You can explore Smithsonian Museums on the National Mall or visit the nearby Holocaust Museum, Botanical Gardens, the National Archives, Ford's Theater, National Law Enforcement and Navy Memorials. Tours run May-October on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Adults: $69.00 and Children (4-12): $65.00 For more information visit Washington DC. Please contact the campground directly for additional information or to purchase your tickets.
Stars and Stripes Gettysburg Experience
The Gettysburg Experience is more than just a battlefield tour. This tour provides an in-depth look at the most critical and bloodiest battle of the Civil War. Fought over the first three days of July 1863, the battle occurred at a time when the fate of the nation hung in the balance. Our day begins at the Gettysburg History Center as we take a unique look at the Battle of Gettysburg using the largest military diorama in the United States. Get a birds eye view of the three day conflict in a fully narrated and dramatized light and sound show. Next, history comes alive as we pick-up our National Park Service licensed guide for a driving tour through those very fields of hallowed ground where in the summer of 1863 this battle became the majoring turning point in the war. This High Water Mark of the Confederacy found over 51,000 soldiers killed, wounded, captured or missing. The Battle of Gettysburg resulted in a hallmark victory for the Union Army of the Potomac and successfully ended the second invasion of the North by General Robert E. Lees Army of Northern Virginia. The tour appropriately ends at the final resting place of 3,512 soldiers who struggled on this land and where Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, Soldiers National Cemetery. Lunch is also included in this history packed day! Tour runs June-October on Wednesdays and Fridays. Adults: $64.00 and Children (12 and under): $54.00.
Eisenhower National Historic Site
Eisenhower National Historic Site is the home and farm of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm served the President as a weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders. With its peaceful setting and view of South Mountain, it was a much needed respite from Washington and a backdrop for efforts to reduce Cold War tensions. Children (ages 7-12) visiting the site with their family may become Junior Secret Service Agents by completing the activities in the Junior Secret Service Training Manual provided at the site. New agents are awarded a badge and certificate. For more information visit Eisenhower National Historic Site
American Civil War Museum
Located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, our museum is an educational and inspiring experience for families or tour groups of all ages. The museum is a "must" see for all visitors to Gettysburg. Our self-guided tour presents a concise history of the Civil War era and Battle of Gettysburg with remarkable realism through life-sized dioramas. Experience a re-creation of the Battle of Gettysburg in the digitally enhanced Battle room exhibit, followed by an animated Abraham Lincoln's deliverance of the Gettysburg Address. For more information please visit American Civil War Museum
The Lincoln Train
The Lincoln Train Museum is home to the "Lincoln Train Ride" where you can ride aboard the Presidential Train with President Lincoln as he travels to Gettysburg to dedicate the National Cemetery with "a few appropriate remarks." Also on display is the Lincoln Toy Train collection with operating layouts featuring over 1000 trains and dioramas illustrating the role of the railroad during the Civil War. The Station Masters gift shop features an extensive array of railroad memorabilia and Gettysburg souvenirs.
Gettysburg Battle Theatre
For a greater understanding of the Battle of Gettysburg, take time to visit the Gettysburg Battle Theatre. Located next to the field where General Pickett led his men on that historic charge, the Battle Theatre is a multi-media presentation of the crucial three days of the Battle and the events leading up to it. You will see a complete Battlefield Diorama of 25,000 hand-painted mini soldiers. See what role your home state played in the Battle of Gettysburg.
Hall of Presidents and First Ladies
Here in one collection is the history of America as revealed by our Presidents, meticulously reproduced in wax in every detail. The figures, using the magic of light and sound, tell the story of America from their perspective. The Smithsonian collection of First Ladies Inaugural Gowns is authentically reproduced in the Hall of First Ladies. Also, the nostalgic Eisenhower's at Gettysburg exhibit highlights from the years spent by the Eisenhower's at their Gettysburg farm. For more information please visit Hall of Presidents and First Ladies
Jennie Wade House
The only Gettysburg citizen killed during the Battle of Gettysburg; Jennie Wade. With minor changes and repairs, the Museum remains much as Jennie must have known it over 140 years ago. Authentically furnished from cellar to attic, the museum is a shrine to Jennie and to the life and living during the American Civil War. Visit the Jennie Wade House online for more information.
General Lee's Headquarters Museum
This picturesque house was built in 1834 and at the time of the Civil War was owned by the noted statesman Thaddeus Stevens. It was on July 1, 1863 that General Robert E. Lee established his personal headquarters in this old stone house. An ideal location, it was at the center and rear of his battle lines and it was on the same road that many more of his troops were quickly approaching. At the time of the battle, the house was the dwelling place of Mrs. Mary Thompson, who was known by the residents of Gettysburg simply as the "Widow" Thompson. She was not excited about having her house occupied by a "Rebel," but she "testifies that the gentlemanly deportment of General Lee whilst in her house, but complains bitterly of the robbery and general destruction of her goods by some of his attendants." For more information visit General Lee's Headquarters Museum
Shriver House Museum
The home of George Washington was built in 1860 on what was then considered a double lot on the edge of town. George's intentions were to raise his family here as well as house his business venture "Shrivers' Saloon and Ten Pin Alley." The home was originally built with an adjacent building located just a few steps from the rear of the home and was 16 feet wide by 64 feet long, enough room for two bowling lanes. The bowling alley unfortunately is no longer standing but can be seen in the background of the photograph taken of Lincoln's ride to give his Gettysburg Address. During the winter of 1862, Union soldiers were quartered in the saloon and bowling alley. The saloon has been restored to resemble its original appearance. For more information visit Shriver House Museum
The Rupp House
The Rupp House is the in-town presence of the Gettysburg Foundation and home to Friends of Gettysburg members. The first floor serves as a history center with interactive exhibits. There is no charge to visit the Rupp House. For more information visit The Rupp House
David Wills House
A new National Park Service museum dedicated to the memory of President Abraham Lincolns Gettysburg Address and the remarkable recovery of a town devastated by war. The David Wills House features five museum galleries and two recreated rooms, the David Wills Law Office and the Lincoln Bedroom. The museum will guide you through the days, weeks and months after the battle of Gettysburg. It illustrates President Lincolns historic visit to the devastated town, the immortal words of the Gettysburg Address and the legacy of hope and healing that they brought, and continue to bring, to our nation. No visit to Gettysburg is complete without a visit to the David Wills House, the only site where you can experience President Abraham Lincoln's immortal Gettysburg Address in the place in which it was crafted. For more information visit David Wills House
Fields of Freedom
Experience the greatest battle of the Civil War as never before. This groundbreaking film transports you to the Battle of Gettysburg with all its sound and fury. Based on the discovered diaries of soldiers from both sides, Fields of Freedom immerses you in the lives of two young men as they prepare for the bloody onslaught. You'll be alongside them for the unimaginably heroic charge. You will witness the ferocity of the battle and the anguish of its aftermath. For more information visit Fields of Freedom
Lincoln's Lost Treasure
Part Theatre, Part Adventure, Part Mystery. The streets of Gettysburg serve as a backdrop for our unique story, told with elements of improv theatre and scavenger hunt. Put on your sleuthing gear, as Gettysburg becomes a road-map to fun, laughter and suspense. Hired by a wealthy eccentric entrepreneur, you are thrust into a mission that puts you in the center of a quest to uncover the secret treasure Lincoln Left Behind. Lincolns Lost Treasure is a LIVE two and a half hour adventure across the streets of historic Downtown Gettysburg. Almost like stepping into your own action movie, groups of up to 6 or 8 people are sent on an thrilling and entertaining quest to uncover a lost secret sparked by President Lincolns final breath. Aided by a few historical artifacts, you are sent off to piece together hidden clues that can unravel the location to treasury gold that has been lost for over a century. Encountering eccentric and engaging cast members, decoding cryptic clues, and dodging FBI agents out to foil your mission, You and friends traverse the citys famous streets, hidden shops and historical landmarks discovering that Lincolns Gettysburg Address holds the key to a national treasure. For more information visit Lincoln's Lost Treasure
Farnsworth House Civil War Mourning Theater
Descend the stone staircase into a 19th Century "Funeral Parlor" for a one hour presentation, and view the unique collection of Mourning Memorabilia. Be entertained in the warm glow of candlelight, by storytellers in period dress. They will dramatically recite tales that will take you on an emotional journey back in time to 1863, and share with you the reasons that the spirits of soldiers and townsfolk, who lived and died during the battle that decided our country's fate, still dwell here. For more information visit Mourning Theater
Ghostly Images of Gettysburg's goal is to provide quality tales of the supernatural to everyone who may searching for a ghostly experience, whether by taking a walking tour, bus tour or relaxing and listening to stories, we have a tour for you. Several of our tours actually take you inside a truly HAUNTED building. Our guides provide nightly "fright seeing" adventures that can accommodate every visitor. For more information visit Ghostly Images
Land of Little Horses
Land of Little Horses has a main attraction of miniature horses. However, they also have animal shows, educational displays and events, races, and animals of all kinds that you may actually touch and feed. Pony rides are also available! The Land of Little Horses Farm Park is more than fun it is educational too. Take part in our hands-on activities ranging from goat milking demonstrations to grooming and bathing real horses! During our daily events, our staff shares with you what it takes to operate a farm like ours. We guarantee you will have a great time! Interesting, fun-filled events vary daily. One of our original events, the close encounters display is designed to tell the history of our park and its inhabitants. Learn about our little horses and even have a close encounter and pet them! This is a great photo opportunity. Arena Performances are the highlight of the day. Presented inside our heated/air-conditioned arena, our guests are treated to an entertaining show full of talented, fun-loving animal stars. For more information visit Land of Little Horses
Mister Ed's Elephant Museum
One of the largest and most unique collections of elephants in the world! Home to one of the area's most unique gift shops with plush room, pez, and magnet room, and the largest candy display in the territory! Be sure to ask for a taste of homemade fudge. Gardens and woods are open for strolling or sit by the pond and watch our elephant spray the goldfish. When you visit the museum you will be surrounded by over 6000 elephants from all over the world, made from just about every substance known to man. For more information visit Mister Ed's
Gettysburg Family Amusement Complex
With a 48,000 square foot indoor arena the fun never ends at the Gettysburg Family Amusement Complex. Inside enjoy plenty of arcade games, virtual reality games and redemption center. An indoor kiddie ball pit and slide is available for younger children. Outdoor facilities include two go-kart tracks, driving range, batting cages, paddle boats, miniature golf, horseshoe pits and an outdoor kiddie playground with battery operated cars. For more information visit www.gettysburgfamilyfun.com
Segway Tours of Gettysburg
The Segway Personal Transporter is the perfect way to see the Gettysburg battlefield. Experience the history and enjoy the ride! Segways are environmentally-friendly (no gas, no fumes, & almost no noise), easy to learn, and just plain fun to ride. The focus is on the history of the battlefield, however. Tours visit all of the main historical sites and are directed by a Licensed Battlefield Guide. Gettysburg Segway Tour of Western (main) Battlefield visits ends of Pickett's Charge, the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Little Round Top, the Peach Orchard, Wheatfield, Devil's Den, the High Water Mark, and more. It takes approximately 2.5 hours and covers about 9 miles with 4 rest stops. For more information please visit Segway Tours
Explore & More Children's Museum
Explore & More is a Hands-on Children's Museum dedicated to providing challenging, educational experiences targeted at the education and growth of young children. Former pre-school teachers, we have created seven rooms filled with activities designed to be fun, and mind stimulating. The seven rooms include: the 1860's room where the children can play in a Civil War era house and general store and experience life as it was in the 1860's. The museum includes an art room, a construction zone, a nature room and an exploration room. For more information visit Explore & More
Gettysburg Outdoor Adventures
Take a break from the summer heat and spend some time on the water! Catch our tour shuttle at our Land Launch Location, conveniently located just 2 miles west of Gettysburg square. Our friendly, experienced guides will give you an introduction to the sport of kayaking and lead the group on a leisurely tour around the perimeter of the reservoir. For more information visit Gettysburg Outdoor Adventures
Sachs Covered Bridge
Known as Sauhs Bridge during the Civil War, it was built in 1854 by David Spooner from oak and pine. The bridge was repaired in 1997 after heavy rains washed the bridge from its foundation and carried it approx. one hundred yards downstream. The 100-foot bridge spans Marsh Creek and actually connects two area Townships, Cumberland and Freedom. On July 3rd and 4th, 1863, the bridge was used by a portion of the Confederate army, in retreat out of Gettysburg, but is said to have been used by both armies during the time of the Gettysburg conflict. Robert E. Lee had split his army into 2 sections, with one headed Northwest toward Cashtown, the other crossed Sachs Bridge and headed Southwest. Because of its role in the Confederate retreat and its location near a crude post-battle field hospital, the Sachs Covered Bridge is a favorite of ghost-hunters. For those who simply enjoy it for its beauty, history, and quiet location, it is a favorite of photographers, fishermen, hikers, bikers and historians alike.
Strawberry Hill Nature Center and Preserve
Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve and Environmental Center, a place of great beauty and serenity, invites you to discover the natural world around you. Our 600-acre preserve features a variety of habitats to enjoy. More than 20 species of ferns and at least 60 species of birds can be found within the preserve. You can explore more than 10 miles of footpaths that will lead you to unique rock formations, scenic vistas and secret glades. The crystal-clear mountain streams are one of the headwaters for the Chesapeake Bay. Our present facilities consist of a Nature Center with various artifacts, reptiles, amphibians, and educational displays, a 1798 Civil War Log House, a foundation and spillway for an 1850s sawmill, an outdoor open pavilion capable of seating 100, a small 475sqft office, a picnic grove, four rental units, gravel parking lot to handle approximately 25 vehicles, and seven hiking and educational trails. For more information visit Strawberry Hill
Adams County Winery
Adams County Winery, which first began operation in 1976, is a small farm winery located in Adams County, just eight miles west of Gettysburg. Nestled against the South Mountains, we have an ideal climate for growing grapes that, in turn, make our quality wines. Come visit us and enjoy free sampling in our tasting room. Take a free tour of the winery, located in a 19th Century Pennsylvania bank barn. Your drive to Adams County Winery will wind you through apple, peach, and pear orchards. Pack a lunch or purchase snack items in the gift shop, and enjoy a picnic away from the hustle and bustle, amid towering pines, vineyards and gardens. For more information visit Adams County Winery
Hauser Estate Winery
Located just 8 miles of Historic Gettysburg, Adams County's newest winery will feature fruit wines and hard apple cider produced on site. Savor the taste as you take in the expansive scenic views from our glass enclosed tasting room, overlooking 170 acres of absolutely breath taking higher elevations and gentle slopes, looking over miles of forests, orchards and farmland that extend toward the Civil War Battlefield. Hauser Estate Winery will feature festivals, local and seasonal events, and tours. Visitors can enjoy hiking trails through woods following a natural stream. For more information visit Hauser Estate Winery
Hollabaugh Brothers is a third generation, family farm with a retail farm market offering fresh fruits, vegetables, gift items, home-style baked goods, and fruit gift baskets. Hollabaugh Brothers offers boxes shipped within the continental US. We also provide scheduled educational orchard tours. Hollabaugh Brothers is a 500 acre working, family farm. For more information visit Hollabaugh Bros
Historic Round Barn and Farm Market
Only a handful of round barns survive today, and so few remain that they are considered "an endangered species" and are registered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We pride ourselves in offering a wide selection of high quality "own grown" and locally grown fruits and vegetables in season. We grow and have available in the fall one of the largest selections of apple varieties in the area... fresh-squeezed apple cider too!! Fall also brings pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and other colorful offerings to the market. We also offer many interesting food, decorative and gift items that fill the shelves as they curve their way around the interior of the barn. For more information visit Historic Round Barn
Snyder's Pretzel Tours
Our Hanover, PA, Pretzel Bakery offers an in-house tour that combines our exciting history with our fast paced manufacturing facility. There is no fee for the tour. It is geared for ages 5 and up, but everyone will enjoy seeing how pretzels and potato chips are made. The guide will take you on a walking tour which allows you to look down upon our raw material warehouse, finished goods warehouse (where you will see robotics at work), and our complex packing room with state of the art packing equipment. You will then see the oven room where you can almost taste the pretzels. The guide then finishes up by showing you how potato chips are made from beginning to end. The tour starts and ends at the Factory Store where you will be treated to a free bag of pretzels at the completion of the tour. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and everyone participating must be able to climb stairs. Sorry, but pictures are not allowed to be taken on the tour. For more information please visit Snyders of Hanover
Utz Chip Trip
You can see and smell the making of the famous Utz Potato Chips and Snacks at our over 600,000 square foot facility in Hanover, Pennsylvania. There, they have built a special glass enclosed observation gallery that looks down on our production process from beginning to end. You will be guided step-by-step with the aid of a push-to-talk audio program and closed-circuit TV monitors. A wall display of Utz's history will enhance your understanding of the company and its products. From start to finish, you'll be impressed with the care we put into Utz Potato Chips. At Utz, we use the finest ingredients and the most advanced equipment. Our factory is one of the cleanest and most modern snack food operations in America. The Utz Potato Chip Trip is fun for the whole family, a learning experience for young and old, and a snack lover's delight. Come and enjoy the tour at your own pace! For more information visit Utz Chip Trip
Enjoy a day at Hershey Park Amusement park and chocolate factory. Hershey's Amusement park has rides for all ages, from a Jolly Rancher to a Hershey's Miniature! You can also enjoy a FREE comprehensive tour through the Hershey's Great American Chocolate Tour. See how all of our sweet treats are made from the start of a cocoa bean. For more information, please call 1-800-HERSHEY or visit them at Hershey Park Other attractions include Hershey Museum and Zoo America.
National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg
This is the only museum in The United States that portrays the entire story of the American Civil War. Equally balanced presentations are humanistic in nature without bias to Union or Confederate causes. The National Civil War Museum will open a series of year-long exhibits in recognition of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. In January of each year beginning in 2011 through 2015, each exhibit will highlight the events, battles and people of that particular year 150 years ago. The museums collections include more than 4,400 three dimensional artifacts and 21,000 archival pieces. The collections include many artifacts of famous personalities of the war from General Robert E. Lee to President Abraham Lincoln. However, the vast majority of the collections contain artifacts and archival materials of the average soldier from the North and South. For more information visit National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg
Harley-Davidson Museum and Plant Tour
This attraction was established as an assembly facility in 1973, Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations in York, PA. The plant assembles the Touring, Softail and Trike models, as well as limited production, factory-custom motorcycles. They perform a variety of manufacturing operations - making parts like fuel tanks, frames and fenders. At the Vaughn L. Beals Tour Center, you'll explore exhibits that detail the plant's history, and guide you through the manufacturing and assembly processes. You'll also have the chance to sit on current production motorcycles and visit the gift shop for tour-related souvenirs. The Kids' Rally, a specially designed area for visitors under the age of 12, makes the York facility an ideal family destination. Your factory tour begins with an introductory movie and continues on the factory floor where you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at the people, processes and products of York Vehicle Operations. You'll be guided through the assembly of Touring and Trike motorcycles. Then it's on to the end of the line, where every motorcycle is roll-tested prior to shipping. Over the years, thousands of Harley-Davidson enthusiasts have made the journey to York, Pennsylvania to witness passion forged in steel. For more information visit Harley Davidson
You'll find car events at the Carlisle Fairgrounds and the US Army War College.
Only a short drive from Gettysburg is Baltimore, Maryland with all sorts of things to do. Fun for all ages! Baltimore has the following attractions: National Aquarium, Science Center, Inner Harbor, B & O Railroad Museum, Ft. McHenry, Camden Yards, Babe Ruth Birthplace, Orioles Museum and many more! For more information on these attractions please visit Baltimore attractions
National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Constructed in 1981, the 7-foot stone monument features a sculptured Maltese Cross, the traditional symbol of the fire service. An engraved plaque on the monument bears a message from President Ronald W. Reagan. At the base of the monument, an eternal flame symbolizes the spirit of all firefighters--past, present and future. The Walk of Honor features a brick walkway that connects the monument, the historic Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel, and memorial plazas. Each brick on the walkway bears a personal inscription. Proceeds from the sale of these bricks help to finance construction of the Park. 9/11 Memorial monument stands 40 feet high, six feet deep and eight feet wide. Each of the three firefighter's statues weigh more than 5,000 pounds and were formed from approximately 160 bronze sections weighing between 60-to-80 pounds each. For more information visit National Fallen Firefighters
National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes
This beautiful mountain shrine devoted to Our Mother Mary attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims each year from all over the world. It features one of the oldest American replicas of the Lourdes shrine in France, built about two decades after the apparition of Mary at Lourdes in 1858. In 1728, a group of Catholics wishing to find religious freedom left St. Marys City, Maryland. The chief family of the group was the Elders, who settled in the Emmitsburg area with several others sometime after 1740. They called the valley St. Josephs Valley, nestled in the shelter of what they named St. Marys Mount. For more information visit National Shrine Grotto
National Museum of Civil War Medicine
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is the premier center for the preservation and research of the legacy of Civil War medical innovation. Visitors to the NMCWM will find a unique center of civil war history, guiding them through a century and a halfs worth of medical history as well as civil war camp life, hospital life, African American life, Womens and childrens roles during the war, and many more aspects of American history during the Civil war era. The NMCWM highlights the challenges faced by the doctors and surgeons of the civil war era and the innovations that came out of that era that led to the modern military medical system. For more information visit Civil War Medicine
National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton welcomes you to explore the life and legacy of Mother Seton at the location where she began a journey that would result in her Canonization as the first native-born saint of the United States of America. The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is located in historic Emmitsburg, MD, a small town in the foothills of the beautiful Catoctin Mountain, part of the Blue Ridge Mountain chain. A pilgrimage to the Seton Shrine begins at the Visitor Center, which serves as the starting point of your tour by providing valuable background information about Elizabeth Ann Seton. Friendly and helpful docents are on hand to help you make the most of your visit. For more information visit Shrine of Elizabeth Seton
Antietam National Battlefield
The Battle of Antietam was part of what is known as the Maryland Campaign of 1862. 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginias first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincolns issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. For more information visit Antietam National Battlefield
A visit to this quaint, historic community, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, is like stepping into the past. Today the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park surrounds the town, providing visitors with tours, museums, hiking and biking trails, and restored 19th century streetscapes --- all within easy walking distance of the living history village. Harpers Ferry is a place for all seasons where you, your family, and your friends can savor the delights of Harper Ferry's unique history and exquisite geography throughout the year. Each month offers its own beauty and charm, as well as a special array of events and activities. "Journey back" into history and to historical Harpers Ferry. There's a wide variety of experiences for visitors of all ages, so come and discover Harpers Ferry. For more information visit Harpers Ferry
The Pennsylvania Amish of Lancaster County are America's oldest Amish settlement, where thousands still live a centuries-old "Plain" lifestyle. Arriving in PA Dutch Country allows you to step back in time to enjoy a slower, more peaceful pace one where the horse & buggy remains a primary form of transportation, and where windmills dot the landscape, providing power harnessed from nature. Always a vital part of Lancaster County culture, the PA Amish are involved in agriculture as well as an array of businesses and cottage industries. When you visit Lancaster County be sure to take a tour of the Pennsylvania Amish countryside you can even do it in a horse and buggy. Afterwards, explore the many Amish-themed attractions, and events, shop for hand-made Amish crafts, and chow down on some authentic PA Dutch cooking. For more information visit Amish Country
Gettysburg Horseback Riding Trails
See the Battle from the Saddle as you tour the Gettysburg Battlefield on horseback. Enjoy tranquil wooded paths that open to beautiful panoramic views of history. Experience the feeling of being transported back through time as you ride behind the Confederate lines with our staff. For more information visit Gettysburg Horseback Riding Trails
Witness the Gettysburg Battlefield while traveling over the historic fields of Gettysburg on one of our two-hour Bus Tours. Tour the Gettysburg Battlefield on an open air, Double Decker bus with a dramatic, stereo sound, audio presentation. This Dramatized Audio Tour brings you into the battle as the drama unfolds in living stereo on our famous Double Decker Buses that have become a landmark in Gettysburg. Cannons roar, rifles crack, drums roll and bugles blow. You get to re-live it all under the clear skies of Gettysburg. Enjoy an air conditioned coach with a National Park Service Licensed Guide, as they offer a truly unique perspective into the struggles of the three days' battle. The Gettysburg CVB and Main Street Gettysburg offer a self-guided walking tour of Historic Downtown Gettysburg. Walk the streets where soldiers fought, civilians lived and President Abraham Lincoln paraded to the National Cemetery for the 1863 dedication services. For more information visit Gettysburg Bus Tours
Scenic Valley Tour
The self-guided Scenic Valley Tour takes you on a drive through Adams County's numerous historic interests, natural beauty and rolling orchards. The tour spans over 36 miles south, west and north of Gettysburg. Signs marked Scenic Valley Tour offer additional directions to support the brochure. Included in the tour are the Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary, the Sachs Bridge, historic Lower Marsh Creek Presbyterian Church (circa 1790), and more. Stop in the office for your FREE map!
Gettysburg Miniature Battlefield Diorama
Come see The Battle of Gettysburg in a scale model recreation. This is the largest military diorama in the United States at over 800 square feet of display. This is a truly massive presentation. View the "whole" battlefield as it appeared in 1863. Included is a light and sound show, with over 20,000 hand-painted miniatures.