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Gettysburg: Ghosts of the Civil War Haunted Walking Tour

1. Gettysburg: Ghosts of the Civil War Haunted Walking Tour

Step into the shadows of this historic American town, and feel what it was like to be a soldier or citizen during the violent, three-day battle that scarred the land forever. Begin your tour at the iconic Brickhouse Inn/Welty House, where confederate sharpshooters took out union soldiers from the attic. Many believe their spirits are still trapped there. You'll then wind through seven other significant, haunted locations before circling back to the meeting point. Capture evidence of Jennie Wade, the only civilian casualty of the battle, as her spirit moves through her former home — seen through the fatal bullet hole in her door. Feel a chill scurry up your spine as ghostly soldiers surround you in the darkness. Learn little-known, behind-the-scenes information about the reality of war. Choose the 1.5-hour extended tour to visit three additional spooky sites, including Arbor House Publishing, which is famous for its 'floating orbs.

Gettysburg: Horse-Drawn Carriage Battlefield Tour

2. 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: Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour

3. 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 Parking Lot at 1 Culp Street, 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: "History and Haunts" Family Friendly Ghost Tour

4. Gettysburg: "History and Haunts" Family Friendly Ghost Tour

See Gettysburg through a different lens on a ghoulish, guided nighttime tour. Journey through the most haunted locations in the downtown area of historic Gettysburg. Learn about the city's Civil War history and hear tales about the hauntings and specters that make Gettysburg one of America's most haunted cities. Meet your highly experienced ghost-hunting guide at the corner of Wainwright Avenue and Lefever Street. Get to see the Farnsworth House, Jenny Wade's Birth House, The Reynolds Death House, the Haunted Creek, and many more.

Gettysburg: 1863 Historic Downtown Walking Tour

5. Gettysburg: 1863 Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Join your knowledgeable local guide for a leisurely 2-hour walking tour of the center portion of downtown Gettysburg, which was the heartbeat of the city in 1863. Examine the accounts of several of the city's civilians that lived in the same areas you will be walking through. Hear stories of the residents, who were reluctant witnesses to the Battle of Gettysburg. The war didn't happen just on the battlefield as you will come to find out. Travel back in time and learn about the existing structures and what the town looked like in 1863. Although you've learned about the Battle of Gettysburg in history class, on this tour you will hear, described in detail, how the events actually unfolded in July of 1863 and how the local residents remembered them. This tour is their story, about life in the middle of an urban battlefield.

Gettysburg: Historic Downtown Food Tour

6. Gettysburg: Historic Downtown Food Tour

Join a guided food tour around Gettysburg and meet fellow food lovers. Enjoy exploring 6 food spots famous amongst the locals, taste historical dishes, and hear all about the Civil War stories from your guide. Meet your guide at the Sweet! THE Candy Store, to begin your tour. Marvel at the shop stocked with jawbreakers, bubblegum, fudge, taffy, and many sour sweets to make your tongue twist. Feeling the sugar rush? No worries, you will leave the candy store and head to Blue Gray Bar and Grill. Listen as your guide tells you about the history of german pretzels and the iconic Philly Cheesesteak. Fancy a cold Irish pint? No problem, our next stop is the Garryowen Irish Pub. Learn all about how Irish soldiers beat back Pickett's Charge in the infamous Battle of Gettysburg.  In between food, you will hear all the tales and secrets of the Gettysburg Hotel, the Union Hotel, and the David Wills House, where Abraham Lincoln prepared the iconic Gettysburg Address.  Enjoy an unforgettable tasting adventure with other foodies that you won't forget.

Gettysburg: Scenic Battlefield Horseback Riding Tour

7. Gettysburg: Scenic Battlefield Horseback Riding Tour

Discover the Gettysburg Battlefield on a scenic horseback riding tour. Sit back and relax in your saddle as you take in the stunning nature surrounding you. Listen to the chirping birds, the wind in the leaves, and the hooves of your horse on the soft earth as you meander your way across the sacred ground beneath your horse's hooves. After meeting your horse and becoming acquainted with it, use your mounting block to hop on its back. Then, follow your horse wrangler on your outdoor adventure across the Battlefield. Take in the peaceful nature as your horse gently walks through it. Learn about horses and their integral part in the advancement of human history from your guide. Either learn a new skill or hone your existing one as you sit tall on your horse's back, paying attention to how it reacts to your movements and commands.

Gettysburg: The Wonder Women's History Tour

8. Gettysburg: The Wonder Women's History Tour

Discover the untold stories of female war heroes on this guided walking tour of Gettysburg’s historic district. Your guide will regale you with tales of the everyday women who cared for the sick, buried the dead, and picked up arms as the Battle of Gettysburg raged on. Stand beside Jennie Wade, the battle’s only civilian casualty, as she hurriedly bakes bread in her final moments. Dig graves with the cemetery caretaker, Elizabeth Thorn, as the dead continue to pile up in the fields. Get a detailed, first-hand look at what it was like to be both a civilian and a soldier during the Civil War’s most dramatic, bloody battle. You’ll walk away with a complete picture of what life was like in July of 1863, where history books offer a very limited scope. Choose the extended tour to visit an additional three stops, where you’ll learn about the scars the battle left behind, and finish up with ice cream from Cone Sweet Cone.

Gettysburg: Jennie Wade's Baltimore Street Walking Tour

9. Gettysburg: Jennie Wade's Baltimore Street Walking Tour

Meet your friendly guide in Downtown Gettysburg and embark on a journey back in time to the Civil War. On this 2-hour walking tour, learn about the Civil War from the unique perspective of the ordinary townspeople who lived in Gettysburg. Against the backdrop of historical Baltimore Street, discover how local residents were terrorized after being trapped between 2 warring armies. See the historic buildings and monuments along Baltimore Street, and with the help of your expert guide, compare the existing structures to what the town looked like in 1863. The highlight of the tour is a visit to the former home of Jennie Wade, the only civilian casualty of the Civil War. Listen to stories about Jennie’s life as a local in Gettysburg and how she came to be the town’s most famous resident.

From Washington DC: Gettysburg Battlefield Private Tour

10. 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 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

We had a great tour and we couldn't have picked better drivers or a better guide. Kevin was so informative and friendly and held our interest throughout the whole tour. Our drivers were so thoughtful and skilled and made us comfortable for the entire ride. This was a great way to start exploring the battlefield and gave us a well rounded education on the battle. It let us tour the battleground later by ourselves with information that increased our understanding of the events. If we ever come back we will definitely be booking again!!

Best thing we did in Gettysburg! The guide gave so much information including that we could climb inside the PA monument. We did that the following morning to get a view of the entire Battlefield like a drone view.

Very interesting to learn about some of the stories of very brave women of the time. Guide was excellent and very knowledgeable.

Dale was our tour guide and he had a wealth of knowledge and made learning history fun! Highly recommended!

Very informative and great views of the battlefield.