There is so much history in Gettysburg Pennsylvania. This is a great place to bring kids who are studying the Civil War and especially the Gettysburg Address by President Abraham Lincoln. They can walk the steps Mr. Abe himself walked before and after that speech. You can learn about the war and the reasons behind it. While in Gettysburg, there aren’t a whole lot of reasons to spend a ton of money the main attractions are free! Here are 6 don’t miss free things to do in Gettysburg PA!
6 Free Things to do in Gettysburg Pa
One fo the things I love to do in Gettysburg is to walk Gettysburg downtown. The building alone hold so much history plus there are so many great shops to window shop and on weekends it seems there are plenty of free samples to be had as well 😉
Gettysburg National Military Park
The Gettysburg National Park is probably the biggest attraction in town and is also free! The kids can get their Junior Ranger badges at the visitor center, and you can also get a free driving tour map as well. Then follow the map around the park, there are so many signs to stop and read and on weekends during the summer there are many re-enactments. Of course, some have seen soldiers walking around when there have been no reenactments as well…
Gettysburg Train Station
This is the train station Abraham Lincoln delivered the famous Gettysburg Address from. Gettysburg was in the process of cleaning up from the battle, not a pretty sight and from what we learned at the Military Park it didn’t smell too great either. Thi train station now takes you back in time and describes what our 16th president would have seen when he arrived.
Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum
You can view the world’s largest collection of elephant figures for free. There are over 10,00 elephants on display and while they have some things like candy that come at a cost the main tour is free.
This round barn, build in 1914 has been labeled one for the most genius designs of its time, also making it one of the most expensive. This landmark now holds a local farmer’s market. The building is a thing of beauty to take in.
Soldiers’ National Cemetery
Before Arington became, the National Cemetary Gettysburg held the position. The dedication of this graveyard came from President Abraham Lincoln himself and was given at the train station mentioned above 😉
Did I miss any free things to do in Gettysburg PA? Please let me know if I did!