6 Gettysburg Tours to Try Before the Official Start of Summer

This is not the Gettysburg of your middle school field trip. Oh no. Tourism is a huge boon for this small town, but with a surging food and beverage scene it’s not just about the battlefield anymore. Based on this alone, visitors deserve—no, need—to know the varied offerings around town.

Maybe you have toured the battlefield before. Maybe you think a historical tour wouldn’t be all that exciting. Or maybe you have tried some of the area restaurants. But there is a good chance you haven’t combined history with cuisine. You’ll be surprised at what you learn and what you enjoy without even trying when you experience the current Gettysburg tours and attractions. Hop onboard and take in the culinary and cultural resurgence this quaint little town with a history problem has to offer. Read on for 6 creative and enjoyable adventures awaiting you in Gettysburg.

Town & Battlefield Tours by Savor Gettysburg

Wine, Cider and Dine Tour

Gettysburg is making a resurgence by way of dining, local wineries and breweries and live music. It is truly a destination for more than the battlefield. Come enjoy the new culinary frontier where food, wine and history come together to create a most delicious experience through the Wine, Cider and Dine Tour. The tour features four wineries—Adams County WineryHauser Estate WineryKnob Hall Winery and Reid’s Orchard and Winery—and dining at Food 101, a gourmet dining establishment on Lincoln Square. All locations are within the downtown area, creating a scenic walking tour of historic Gettysburg. Tours are offered 5–8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays through Memorial Day. After that (and through Nov. 4), you can also take the tour from 2:30–5:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Visit Savor Gettysburg to order tickets; it’s just $69 per person (21 and older).

Gettysburg hauser

Historic Downtown Tour

Appease your taste buds and enjoy a step back in time through a visit to family-owned bistros, unique eateries, historic taverns, homemade ice cream shops and local wineries. The three-hour downtown lunch tour starts at 10:45 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. As the tour weaves together history and modern culinary delights, participants will enjoy the unique perspective of touring the historic town as a visitor while stopping in to favorite local spots. Visit Savor Gettysburg to order tickets.

Scenic Adams County Tour

There is so much to see in Adams County outside of Gettysburg, and it’s definitely worth exploring beyond the town limits. Not sure where to go? Let the Scenic Adams County Tour do the work for you, as you get to sit back, relax and enjoy. The four-and-a-half hour tour covers five tasting locations and a winery tour, offering a scrumptious opportunity to learn more about the agriculture that helps put Adams County on the map. Visit Savor Gettysburg to order tickets.

Not Your Mom’s Tours

Segways

So you have done the walking tours or the driving tours and you want something different. Visit Gettysburg Segway Tours to hop on a segway and zip your way through the Western or Eastern sides of the battlefield. An escort accompanies all groups along with a recorded audio tour from a licensed Battlefield Tour Guide.

Horses

Want to experience the battlefield the way many soldiers did? A horseback tour with Confederate Trails Horse Tours is the one for you! Climb atop a trail horse and prepare yourself to be transported back in time through an interactive, theatrical and licensed battlefield tour.

Gettysburg ghosts

And Ghosts, Oh My!

Looking for a bit of a scare or simply want to relive history through the eyes of an injured soldier or a townsperson in hiding? Hoping to find a few ghosts or wander through the historic streets? Check out Gettysburg Ghost Tours or Ghosts of Gettysburg for the candlelit adventure that most intrigues you.

With more to offer than the traditional Gettysburg experience, these tour opportunities are memories just waiting to be made. Bring a friend, make it a double date or make it a group outing. Visit Gettysburg and experience the historical charm with a culinary (or ghostly) twist. You won’t be sorry you tried, but you might be if you let the opportunity pass by.

Erin Phelps

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