Gettysburg National Military Park

Visitors can spend the day walking around or driving through this sprawling park, which holds an important place in US history. Once the location of the Civil War's bloodiest battle, the area is now filled with peaceful nature to enjoy. Take in a panorama of woodlands, rolling hills, and fields providing a home to varied animal species.

Getting started

At the visitor center, you can get a map to help you find your way through the park and hear about seasonal events. You can take a tour of the park with a Licensed Battlefield Guide to ensure you leave with a deeper understanding of the Battle of Gettysburg. Visit the bookstore to find books, DVDs, and other Gettysburg souvenirs.

Head through the museum to learn about Gettysburg and the Civil War. There is even a 20-minute film about the battle, and a massive, immersive painting with lights and sound effects depicting the battlefield.

An important historical site

History buffs will appreciate the significance of the area. Cannons, monuments, and a cemetery stand as reminders of the Battle of Gettysburg—a turning point in the American Civil War. You can also visit the David Wills House, where Abraham Lincoln finished up his Gettysburg Address. The house has a museum where you can learn about Lincoln and see letters that the attorney David Wills received after the battle, where families were looking for their loved ones.

Additional experiences

The park holds special events each year around the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg as well as the anniversary of the dedication of Soldiers' National Cemetery. There are also regular battle re-enactments and demonstrations during the warmer months.

To get even closer to nature, you can book horseback rides with local Gettysburg businesses. Gettysburg National Military Park has trails designated for horseback riding.

Kids can join the Junior Ranger Program and complete activities throughout the park to earn a Junior Ranger certificate. There are additional children's programs offered at the park, including interactive museum carts with uniforms to try on or a make-believe army to join and learn all about soldiers in the Civil War.

Park rangers and historians lead informational talks about the history of the park and its land. These programs are completely free and are a great way to learn about Gettysburg National Military Park from the experts. No matter what time of year you visit, you can find intriguing programs to join.

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