PUBLISHED JUNE 7, 2021
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is best known for its Civil War history, but our quaint city is also a lively hub for summer fun including apples and blueberry picking, craft breweries and vineyards and gorgeous sunsets with fun festivals and farmers markets. Summer time is the perfect time to experience Everything Gettysburg and our 12 Best Things To Do Around Gettysburg are some of our favorites. For a complete list visit our friends at Destination Gettysburg.
Make this summer the perfect time to explore Gettysburg history and to experience some fun new things. At the Keystone Inn we love being your concierge and helping you plan the perfect getaway to Gettysburg. Book your stay today and experience what all the excitement is about.
12 Best Things to do around Gettysburg
1. Enjoy the Bounty of Adams County
Experience the local bounty from the many farmer's markets, orchards, farms and dairies in the area. From the weekly Farmers Market on Lincoln Square to visiting a country orchard for picking your own, Adams County has something to delight your taste buds. Shown below are some of our favorites:
Gettysburg Farmers Market - The Gettysburg Farmers' Market is located in the center of Gettysburg, on four quadrants of the town's historic Lincoln Square. Saturday, 7:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Pick your own paradise- Adams County, Pennsylvania is one of the fruit belts of America and you will find every berry imaginable – melons, 100 varieties of apples, 30 varieties Come get a taste of Adams County’s amazing agriculture!of blueberries, peaches, apricots, plums, the list goes on and on! The best part of this, is that throughout the summer and early fall, several of our farms offer pick-your-own – talk about truly knowing where your food comes from!
Adam County Farmers Market- Gettysburg Station Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-1:00pm Farmers market with plenty of fresh agriculture and entertainment.
2. Enjoy a meal at the acclaimed and historic Dobbin House
Grab a Maryland Colony Crab Cake Sandwich at the popular Springhouse Tavern or a more formal meal in the Alexander Dobbin Dining Room. Don't miss the popular Baked King Onion Soup that is topped with different cheeses daily. The Dobbin House is the oldest building in Gettysburg.
3. Immerse yourself in Gettysburg history
No trip to Gettysburg is complete without a firsthand appreciation of its rich backstory. See it as the soldiers did, with a horseback tour led by a Licensed Battlefield Guide or board a carriage, bike, car, or bus and hear the tale of the famous battle with the wind in your hair.
Self Guided Car Tour
4. Experience the history through walking trails and hikes
The Battle of Gettysburg was fought over three days in July 1863 and proved to be a turning point in the Civil War. More than 51,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing over the three days before a Union victory. Today the area is a National Military Park and, although car tours of the battlefield are possible, walking the ground will give you a much better feel for what happened during the battle. This link highlights seven trails for you to learn the history and to see the unique vantage points of the three day battle.
5. Walk over the historic Sachs Covered Bridge
Built in 1852 by David S. Stoner, the Sachs Covered Bridge extends 100 feet and serves to connect land separated by Gettysburg's Marsh Creek. For more than a century it allowed vehicles and pedestrians access in their travels. However, due to weakening abutments over the decades, this beautiful historic landmark is now only available by foot.
6. Watch an old movie downtown
The Majestic Theatre is said to be the Grandest Small Town Theatre in America and is now playing the original Superman Movie.
7. Get "Spooked" on the Civil War Ghost Walking Tour
Guests of the Civil War Ghosts tour will explore the paranormal and historical accounts of each of our carefully selected tour stops. Our guides will safely tour you around the darkened streets, unfolding tales of mystery, terror, and tragedy. You will have plenty of opportunities to see with your own eyes the otherworldly power of this historic city.
8. Tour a Historic Home
Gettysburg is filled with historic homes that have been restored to give you a glimpse of what civilian life was like during the three day battle and beyond. Listed below are some of the more popular spots to visit:
Ike, Gettysburg and the Cold War
David Wills House
General Lee's Headquarters
Jennie Wade House
George Spangler Farm and Field Hospital
Lincoln Railroad Station
9. Watch the sunrise or sunset
Gettysburg has the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and summer is a fantastic time to enjoy Mother Nature’s beauty. Watching the sun come up is an amazing way to greet a vacation day in Gettysburg. Follow the sunrise with an amazing hike or walk on the battlefield. And after a day of exploring, watching the sun go down at one of these 10 amazing sunset views is the perfect way to end your day.
10. Enjoy an old fashion Ice Cream
A stop at Mr. G's Ice Cream is a must on your trip to Gettysburg! Homemade ice cream and waffle cones- what could be better! They offer a full selection of soft serve products, sundaes, shakes and flurries.
11. Discover the Adam's County Pour Tour
Adams County Winery is one of the oldest wineries in the state of Pennsylvania and includes a beautiful outdoor Terrace Bistro with an outdoor pizza oven serving up some delicious bites to savor with your wine tasting. Check out the details of the Adam's County Pour Tour which includes an adventurous trail of tasting craft wine, beer, mead, cider and spirits.
Come stay with us and experience "Everything Gettysburg." Enjoy our Farm to Table Breakfasts and luxurious amenities. Our newly remodeled Carriage House is available for Retreats- both business and personal and a perfect space for girlfriends to gather for yoga, spa or quilting parties. If you have an event in mind ask Leah for a tour the next time you are visiting us.