If you’re a first time Gettysburg visitor than it might seem a little overwhelming with the variety of things to do in “G Burg”. However as an experienced member of the community I can tell you there are some things that you simply must experience when coming into town. If you’re unsure of what there is to do in town than this list of 5 must do activities might point you in the right direction. To me personally, these are things that everyone should check out in order to get the most well rounded experience in the town. So check this out and if you’re an experienced Gettysburg visitor reading this I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments as well.What is it you enjoy doing when coming to town as well? Let me know!
Visit the Cyclorama
The Visitors Center provides a lot of great information and activities, but for me one of the most amazing things to see there is the Cyclorama. No, this has nothing to do with bicycles. Instead this is an amazing 360 degree painting that depicts fighting at Gettysburg. While viewing the painting you are treated with a fantastic light show with narration and sound to set the scene for the fighting that took place. The painting is truly one of a kind and for the very small admission fee it is well worth checking out. Currently you can check out the Gettysburg historical film and view the Cyclorama for $25 per person. In additional you’ll also get access to one of the biggest museums in town. In my opinion this should be one of the first stops you make when checking out Gettysburg.
Take the Auto Tour
While you’re at the visitors center I suggest picking up the Field Guide for the Battlefield. This includes a CD that takes you on the AutoTour route of the Gettysburg National Park. You’ll get to see and hear the history of the ground under your feet. It’s an experience I suggest because without it you might never realize what happened here on this now peaceful land. During this AutoTour you’ll see many prime landmarks along the way including the Peace Light Memorial, Devils Den, Little Round Top, and the site of Picketts Charge. Following the Auto Tour with the book can be a great way to start off your morning before popping into town. Which reminds me…
Check out our Downtown Area
So many visitors focus on the Battlefield that many of them miss out on the great offerings that are right here downtown. Whether you’re looking to do some souvenir shopping down in one of the many great shops on Steinwher Ave or check out the many historic buildings while getting a little exercise; there are so many amazing things to do right here in the heart of the town. If you’re up for a little bit of walking this is a great activity.
Take a Ghost Tour
A ghost tour like Mark Nesbitt’s Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tour can take you on a nice walk through the paranormal side of Gettysburg. If you follow my advice and experience the battlefield in the morning you can get your dose of history in the daytime followed up with a nice dessert of paranormal activities. The Ghosts of Gettysburg tours take you on a walk through the historic downtown and feature haunting tales that were taken from author Mark Nesbitt’s Ghosts of Gettysburg book series. These are all stories that come from first hand witness accounts and have been diligently researched by Mark Nesbitt, a former park ranger at Gettysburg. So if you have an open mind for the unknown and are looking for a fun night, give them a visit.
Get some great eats
Gettysburg has a lot of fantastic places to grab a bite to eat. My personal favorite is a nice Cheesesteak and fries from Hunt’s Battlefield Fries followed up with a waffle cone from Mr Gs right down the street. Hunt’s arguably has the best Cheesesteak sandwiches in the entire state (a bold statement considering we have Philadelphia). You can get yours just how you like it and pair it with a fresh side of fries. Whether you’re a malt vinegar, old bay, or cheese fry person these will certainly hit the spot. Just remember, the portion sizes there are generous. When Scott Hunt says it’s a large size he means it!
As for the perfect dessert I can’t think of a better one than some Mr. Gs. This ice cream shop serves up some amazing handmade ice cream by the scoop. Seasonal favorites like Pumpkin and famous regulars like the Salted Caramel are mouthwatering and make the perfect treat after a day of exploring. Don’t forget to try your luck at the ring game while you’re there.
So there are 5 things I consider must dos when visiting. There are also a variety of other great spots to visit here in Gettysburg that it almost doesn’t seem fair to only list 5. However if you’re looking to book a trip and are unsure of what you’d like to do that’s OK. We here at Welcome to Gettysburg have the expertise to help you out. Please give us a call today so we can help you fall in love with Gettysburg just like we did. 724-757-8744