Gettysburg Walking Tours
There are a variety of Gettysburg walking tours available.
You can go on a free battlefield walk on Civil War trails with Gettysburg National Park Rangers during the summer months, or you can explore the streets of town at your own pace as you would not be able to in a car or bus.
You’ll see many downtown brick buildings still covered with bullet holes, and nearly every roof in town served as a hospital.
There were ten times the number of Civil War wounded as there were town citizens.
Available Gettysburg Tours
If you enjoyed a tour of the battlefields with a licensed battlefield guide, you might also enjoy Civil War tours of the downtown streets with a licensed town guide. These Guided Historic Walking Tours depart from the Gettysburg Hotel on the square and last 90 minutes. They’re available to everyone daily from 10am to 4pm, April through November and to groups in the off months by reservation only. You can arrange an evening tour, at 7pm at the latest, by reservation from June through August. Call (717)339-6161.
The Historic Church Walking Tours are available starting on the first Wednesday in June and run every other Wednesday for 12 weeks. Each tour lasts about 1-1/2 hours. They depart from the Presbyterian Church on Baltimore Street at 6pm and 6:30pm. You can choose to take the East Tour or the West Tour. Each tour covers four different churches. Groups can arrange special tours year round. Call 1-888-882-1541.
If you want to walk a street trail for free, you can pick up a brochure and follow the Historic Gettysburg Walking Tour to visit all of the informative plaques. Each plastic display has information about what happened at a particular site and historic pictures to illustrate. Even if you don’t set out to walk the tour route, I recommend that you stop and read any that you come across in your walking travels. The stories are very interesting! I especially liked the one about smuggling food to a hidden Union general at stop 21.
There are also walking Gettysburg night tours about Civil War ghosts.
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