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Gettysburg: Horse-Drawn Carriage Battlefield Tour

1. Gettysburg: Horse-Drawn Carriage Battlefield Tour

Experience the Gettysburg Battlefield in a modern horse-drawn carriage. Sit back and relax as an official battlefield guide takes you for a ride at a slow, comfortable pace. Immerse yourself into the history of the Civil War and rest assured that all your questions about the famous battle that took place here will be answered. See the expansive green fields spread out on all sides and take a moment to remember those who fought here. After the tour, leave Gettysburg with a newfound respect and deep understanding of the events that occurred in July of 1863—the tens of thousands of soldiers that lost their lives and the ordinary townsfolk caught between intense fighting. Learn how the town has remained committed to preserving this history for future generations, keeping a close link to its past.

Gettysburg: Haunted Civil War Ghost Tour

2. Gettysburg: Haunted Civil War Ghost Tour

Be curious and learn about the haunted history of Gettysburg. This 1-hour haunted ghost tour is for all who wish to see Gettysburg through a unique lens.  Meet your guide and head to the Farnsworth House. Now a bed and breakfast, it was once the territory of Confederate snipers during the Battle of Gettysburg. As one of the town’s most haunted places, the Confederate soldiers have long since passed, but some continue to feel their presence.  Head to the now-closed Hall of Presidents. This former wax museum has a deep-rooted history of paranormal activity. The Hall was filled with wax figures of every American President and First Lady, darkly built on a former Civil War burial ground. Learn about the building's interesting history. The final destination of this tour is the beautiful Gettysburg Hotel which is haunted by two spirits, man and woman, from wartime. They share a mysterious and deep bond, learn their secret known by only a small few.

Gettysburg: Historic Battlefield Horseback Tour

3. Gettysburg: Historic Battlefield Horseback Tour

Go back in time and explore the Gettysburg Battlefield on horseback. Discover important details and insights about the Civil War, its soldiers, and local residents. Ride through Gettysburg National Military Park, visit the Virginia Monument, and take in panoramic views at Spangler Farm. Experience the grounds of the Gettysburg Battlefield on horseback, guided by a Civil War expert. Mount your horse and experience the time of 1863 by using this authentic form of transportation. Learn the intricacies of the greatest Civil War battle and its historical importance. Ride through Gettysburg National Military Park and reach the Virginia Monument, where General Robert E. Lee waited for his returning troops after Pickett's Charge. Follow the path to the historic Spangler Farm and revel in panoramic views of the Peach Orchard and Little Round Top in the distance. Cross Emmittsburg Road onto the Union side of the battle and view the Trostle Farm, including the massive cannonball hole in the barn. After learning the detailed history, fully appreciate the terrain and the events that once prevailed there, before finishing the tour.

Gettysburg: Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour

4. Gettysburg: Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour

This self-guided audio and GPS tour allows you to explore Gettysburg’s historic wonders with maximum flexibility, safety, and value. Simply hop in your own car, get the tour guide app set up on your phone, and get started. All audio plays automatically based on location. The tour follows the intense 3-day battle at Gettysburg chronologically. It begins at the Gettysburg Heritage Center, where you learn about the lead-up to the battle. Then, you explore McPherson’s Ridge, the site of the first skirmish of the first day. From there, you continue past the Railway Cut, Iverson’s Pits, and Seminary Ridge until you reach the end of Day 1. As you continue to follow the route, begin Day 2 with an exploration at Little Round Top, Devil’s Den, the Peach Orchard, and Culp’s Hill. Day 3 then begins with the infamous Pickett’s Charge. This comprehensive tour ends at the Gettysburg Cemetery, where you hear Lincoln’s poignant Gettysburg Address.

Gettysburg: Private Tour with Licensed Battlefield Guide

5. Gettysburg: Private Tour with Licensed Battlefield Guide

Optimize your experience of the Gettysburg Battlefield with a private tour with an official licensed guide. Explore the battlefield conveniently and comprehensively in your own vehicle, while stopping discover to some areas up close on foot. During your tour, make the most of a private setting offering you ample opportunity to learn little known facts about the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War, and have all of your questions answered by your expert guide. Your guide will meet you at the Soldier's National Cemetery Parking lot and then drive your vehicle to the Gettysburg Battlefield to conduct the tour. As all guides are licensed and insured by the Department of the Interior, only they are permitted to drive your vehicle through the battlefield.

From Washington DC: Gettysburg Battlefield Private Tour

6. From Washington DC: Gettysburg Battlefield Private Tour

Journey to the pivotal Pennsylvanian turning point of the civil war on a private day tour from Washington DC. Make the two-hour drive to the Gettysburg battlefield fly by with informative stories on the background of the battle. Fought in 1863, the conflict saw confederate and union soldiers clash in a brutal feud lasting three full days. The battle resulted in around 51,000 casualties, more than any other domestic battle in USA history, and proved a significant turning point in the American Civil War. On arrival at the infamous Gettysburg grasslands, you’ll be able to stretch your legs and enjoy five hours of activities, including a guided tour of the battlefield, Visitor Center Museum, and significant monuments such as the Lee and Mead Statues, Peace Memorial, and Eternal Flame. Catch a glimpse of the old Colonial Town Center of Gettysburg, along with an insight into what life was like for regular folk back then. During the guided tour of the infamous Gettysburg Battlefield, walk in the footsteps of the soldiers who fought across these vast grasslands. Hear stories of how the battle was fought, which sadly took 51,000 casualties. Enjoy time for lunch at the charming Dobbin House Tavern or General Pickett’s Buffet (meal not included), then head back to DC.

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What people are saying about Gettysburg National Military Park

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 425 reviews

Our battlefield guide Rich was absolutely wonderful! He adjusted the tour a little to accommodate our children and added a stop at a Michigan monument as we are from there. I can’t recommend this tour enough! He gave us such a comprehensive overview of the entire battle and we learned a lot! If you are coming to Gettysburg, book this tour! You won’t regret it.

Such a unique, beautiful experience!!! Andie was incredibly knowledgeable, and I walked away knowing more than I knew. The horse guides were super sweet and a joy to talk to. I can’t wait to bring my family and friends back for another ride!!

Truman (our guide) was amazing! he really helped us envision what took place on the battlefield of Gettysburg! We learned so much and he made the experience quite memorable! I would highly recommend a private tour!

Private guide is the only way to go. Truman was awesome. So knowledgeable. And patient (if you have the little ones)

Make sure to dress warm or bring jacket. Owners were kind enough to give grandson a blanket.