Gettysburg National Military Park Gettysburg
Where is it at?
Gettysburg National Military Park
1195 Baltimore Pike
Where are we going today?
The Civil War has gone down as one of the most infamous wars in history, and the Battle of Gettysburg became an incredible historical significance to the whole country. At the Gettysburg National Military Park, kids can step foot on the actual location of the battle, and learn all about the bloodiest Civil War battle, which also marked the turning point of the entire war.
There is so much for kids to learn at the Gettysburg National Miliary park, and will certainly be a time well spent!
Start your journey at the National Park Service Museum and Visitor Center. Here you will find out all about the best way to visit the park, what to see and how to get around.
The fascinating Gettysburg Museum of the Civial War is a whopping 22,000 square feet of exhibits, with relics of the battle, as well as stories of the people who served in it. It's a great way to start the tour so when kids go out onto the battlefield itself, they can really picture what had happened and the faces and personalities that were involved in it.
Once you've checked out all the amazing exhibitions, head out onto the battlefield on a free ranger-guided tour. They have free ranger-guided programs, as well as fun evening campfire programs, and fun activities for kids to make learning fun.
They also have specialized battle walks during summer!
From spring to fall, volunteer living history organizations also offer programs in the park on weekends - great events to bring the kids to!
In addition to the guided tour, you can use the self-guided auto tour which is a bus tour with the guide, or audio tours which can be purchased at the visitor center.
A fascinating look into an incredibly important part of American history!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$12.50 (over 13)
- Children$8.50 (Ages 6 - 12)
- Free Under: 6
When can we go?
Visitor Center 8am - 5pm (6pm April to October)
Visitor Center closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
They offer amazing field trip experiences, perfect for those history classes. There are also Ranger Field Programs that students can be a part of! .
Any Top Tips?
For kids aged 7 -12 they can "join the army" and learn what it means to be a soldier! There is also the fun Junior Ranger Program they can complete!.
Need a little extra help?
Tours can be done in your own vehicle. Exhibits along the tour route are partially accessible. Restrooms along the tour route aren't accessible except at the West End Guide Station on US Rt 30. Visitor Center is fully accessible. .
What people are saying?
by Chris Bigg
An improvement over the old park center. The layout was much better and easier to navigate. Parking was better and not as congested. Outdoor demonstrations were excellent and informative. Museum was more logically layer out and much better designed. Cyclorama and movie are well worth the cost. Park is beautiful and well kept. Very expansive and tons of monuments and sights to see but make sure you spend more then one day.
by Tena Watson
Excellent park. Do the car tour and take in the film and museum...they are well done. We bought the CD and it took us a while to get into the swing of that. I think the map and the sights on the map might have been sufficient. We spent a whole day there. Plan on more if you want to take a hike.
by Lonnie Seeling
amazeing place I could not imagine being alive back then and fighting one of the bloodiest battles this country has seen
by Samuel W.
Don't go through the museum if you don't have a day or two. I went for a trip once, and was rushed through it. It almost ruined the whole day! Got to go on a guided tour and LOVED it! Highly recommend.
by Sayuj Manandhar
Well worth for the ticket price. We did the auto tour on by ourselves.