Getting the Most out of Your Gettysburg Group Trip
Take your group on a remarkable adventure and discover the history behind one of the most critical battles of the American Civil War in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
For history buffs looking for an enlightening experience, a group trip to Gettysburg is a must-do. Each monument, exhibit and landmark tells a different story, shedding light on the Battle of Gettysburg, a heroic battle that helped shape the country’s identity. A visit to Gettysburg allows groups to expand their knowledge beyond what is taught in school and get a first-hand look at this historic site. Below are some helpful tips on activities, eateries and accommodations.
What activities can groups partake in?
With a museum and visitor center, battlefield tours and various historic sites, groups won’t run out of things to do on a visit arranged through the Gettysburg Foundation. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center features Gettysburg Cyclorama, a world-famous painting weighing in at three tons and measuring longer than a football field. The film A New Birth of Freedom, sponsored by the History Channel and narrated by Morgan Freeman, provides groups a cinematic experience detailing the Battle of Gettysburg and insight into the Civil War. The Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War includes interactive displays and the Gilder Lehrman Institute Special Exhibits Gallery. With the purchase of Film, Cyclorama and Museum Experience and museum-only tickets, groups can marvel at some of the most celebrated artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries at the Reflections of Civil War Art exhibit.
The Gettysburg Foundation Visitor Center also houses the National Park Service (NPS) information desk, where schedules and information on NPS ranger-led programs can be found. Groups should be aware that backpacks are not allowed within the facility and should be left in transportation vehicles before entering. Groups of 16 or more receive discounted rates and require advance reservations; group amenities include a separate group entrance, group restroom area, a bus drop-off and pick-up area, and a dedicated bus parking lot. Group ticket rates can be used for the Film, Cyclorama and Museum Experience, licensed battlefield guided tours, Eisenhower National Historic Site and David Wills House.
What dining options are available for groups?
Gettysburg Foundation features the new Battlegrounds Cafe, which offers La Colombe coffee, espresso, specialty coffee drinks, breakfast sandwiches and delicious pastries. Refreshment Saloon offers a variety of menus.
Groups that mention this article at Battlegrounds Cafe will receive a large beverage at the small-beverage price. Group visitors can schedule pre-tour breakfasts or post-tour lunches/dinners in the Refreshment Saloon, and there is a picnic area on site. To ensure the well being and safety of visitors, food from outside sources cannot be consumed in picnic or restaurant areas.
What are nearby accommodation options for groups?
For those worried about finding nearby accommodation, Gettysburg has a number of hotels and resorts perfect for large groups. Built in 1804, James Gettys Hotel is one of the last historic Gettysburg hotels, with a blend between a European boutique hotel and a traditional B&B. Quality Inn-Gettysburg Battlefield, located in the heart of Gettysburg, features indoor and outdoor pools, a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi and bus parking. Battlefield Bed & Breakfast Inn is a great option for large groups, with the capacity to host parties, historic presentations, house concerts, business meetings and seminars.
Groups should be sure to book accommodation in advance as hotels and resorts fill up quickly in peak tourist seasons. For a full list of guest-friendly Gettysburg accommodation options, click here.