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Gettysburg Pennsylvania. One place in this glorious country of ours that is jam packed with history!! Gettysburg is a phenomenal place to bring children who are studying the Civil War since you can't take two steps in this town without a historical backstory. Plus, how cool is it that your kids can walk the steps Mr. Abe himself walked before and after that famous speech. Your kids will be experiencing their history textbooks in real life. You can learn so much about the Civil War and the reasons behind it with a trip to this historical Pennsylvania town.
One of the perks of taking a weekend trip to Gettysburg is that it doesn't have to break the bank! Honestly, there aren’t a whole lot of reasons to spend that much money at all since the main attractions are FREE! That's right, my favorite word, FREE. Here is a list of all the freebies in Gettysburg, PA!
1. GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK
The Gettysburg National Park is definitely the attraction people flock to Gettysburg for and it is also free! You will definitely want to check out the visitors center so your kids can get their Junior Ranger badges, and you can pick up a free driving tour map of the Gettysburg Battlefield as well. Once you have your map in hand, follow the map around the park. There are signs throughout the park to stop and read and on weekends during the summer there are many re-enactments. Of course, some Gettysburg guest claim to have spotted soldiers walking around when there haven't been reenactments taking place...
2. Historic Round Barn
Build in 1914, this historic barn has been labeled one for the most genius designs of its time, also making it one of the most expensive. This unique landmark now holds a local farmer’s market where you can purchase goods from local businesses. There is also an area where your kids can pet animals such as goats. The building is definitely a breathtaking beauty to take in.
3. Take a Stroll through Historic Downtown Gettysburg
Walking the streets of Downtown Historic Gettysburg is literally like taking a step back in time. The buildings alone hold so much history. You will want to pay close attention to the plaques on the sides of the building for they will tell you the historical significance of that specific building during the Battle of Gettysburg. Plus, there are so many fabulous shops to window shop and on weekends it seems there are plenty of free samples to be had from the wineries and cafe's.
4. The Sachs Covered Bridge
This beautiful covered bridge is just as breathtaking in real life as it is in photos. Sachs Covered Bridge was used by both armies in the midst of the Battle of Gettysburg . When the Confederate armies ran off in defeat, they used this bridge to retreat south. As with many places in the area, there are claims that this bridge is haunted, with many urban legends of stories in and around the bridge. The Pennsylvania Department of Highways, the predecessor to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, also declared Sachs Covered Bridge to be the "most historic bridge" in Pennsylvania. I highly recommend making a visit to this bridge, that played a huge role in one of the darkest hours of our nation.
5. Hollabaugh Bros. Farm Market
Hollabaugh Bros. Is a neat little farm market right outside of Downtown Gettysburg. Hollabaugh Bros. is not only home to a shop filled with locally grown goodies, your kids will have a blast playing on the double slide and taking many photos in the many wooden, face cutout photo boards throughout the farm. They can even check their height while you snap a photo for a memory keepsake.
6. Gettysburg Train Station
When President Abraham Lincoln arrived in Gettysburg to deliver what would become known as the Gettysburg Address, this small Pennsylvania town was in the midst of a massive cleanup effort after the battle just four months earlier. The train station-- Lincoln's first stop in Gettysburg-- explains that story and demonstrates the world the 16th president would have seen when he stepped off that train on Nov. 18, 1863. Located right downtown in Historic Gettysburg, you can see this site for free!
7. Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum
Be a kid in a candy store with more than 700 varieties of your favorites from yesteryear through today. Plus, you’ll never forget Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum, featuring more than 12,000 pachyderm figurines, circus souvenirs, political paraphernalia, toys and more. It might cost you something to snack on the candy if you choose, but it won't cost you a dime to look at all the elephants on display. Your kids can even sit in an antique Disney Land Dumbo!
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6/22/2017 08:15:14 pm
Gettysburg is such a sweet town and filled with history at every corner. I would love to go there and try some of the fun sights as well as the important ones.
6/22/2017 08:25:08 pm
Gettysburg is on our bucket list. We love historical vacations and this one has been on our list for a while to hit up. So glad to see some free things to do while we are there!
6/22/2017 09:10:47 pm
Looks like there is a ton to do there! I have always wanted to go up that way, but haven't had the chance to yet.
6/22/2017 11:57:52 pm
While I have never been in Gettysburg, I would to visit someday. I love checking out historical places. That picture with your princess is absolutely precious! Love the wooden horse too.
6/23/2017 04:49:58 am
Wow such a lot to do which is free. I bet this would make a good few days out on a road trip/ holiday x
6/23/2017 07:56:53 am
So many things to do. That Hollabaugh Bros. Farm Market sounds and look awesome. I would probably be there for hours.
6/23/2017 12:07:07 pm
We loved the covered bridge and the round barn. It always cracks me up to see what Ashley would find fun and amusing!
6/23/2017 12:16:19 pm
Looks like there are some really fun things to do in Gettysburg. It's great to see there a free options to help keep the expenses down.
6/23/2017 01:53:46 pm
I love learning about the free things that we can do in a place. Vacations are awesome but it can get pretty expensive! This is really helpful!
6/23/2017 07:57:28 pm
I had no idea there was so much to do in Gettysburg! I am going to save this for sure!
6/24/2017 07:05:49 pm
I have never been to Gettysburg myself but would love to check it out. Looks like its full of character and charm. Lots to see and do!
6/24/2017 09:00:32 pm
Wow I live in PA and didn't know there was this much to do in Gettysburgh. Makes me want to go and visit it even more.
6/25/2017 12:07:51 pm
I have always wanted to visit here! I think it would be so fun and a great learning opportunity for all of my kids. I will definitely save this for later!
6/26/2017 01:51:44 pm
Such a beautiful and colourful place. Full of history and charm. I'd love to visit Gettysburg someday. :)
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