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Gettysburg National Battlefield
After walking through the Gettysburg National Battlefield Visitors Center & Museum for a couple of hours, we set out to do the audio tour in our car.
The audio tour was fairly inexpensive. I purchased it in the visitor’s center. The book I bought was about the history of Gettysburg and then the CD was the audio tour that we could play in the car. I paid about $25 total I believe. My son got a few souvenirs as well.
We didn’t have any other plans for the day so we took our time on this tour and tried to take everything in. It was a very humbling and quiet day.
We didn’t get out of the car to visit every stone, statue, and cannon. We did get out at certain places though. The bridge, the observation towers, the lookouts, etc. I was having medical issues at the time and my ankles were super swollen, so I stayed off of my feet as much as I could.
Learning the history of each spot as we visited made it so much more impactful than if we just walked or visited it on our own, without the history. The narrator brought us into the battle in such a way that we could picture what took place while looking at the actual location. Doing it this way allowed my son and I to discuss as well which enhanced his learning and made it more memorable for both of us.
About Gettysburg National Battlefield
The Gettysburg National Battlefield and roads are open thirty minutes before sunrise until thirty minutes after sunset, daily.
If you wanted to enhance your experience with a privately guided tour of the battlefield, you can book one of Gettysburg’s renowned Licensed Battlefield Guides.
Their standard tours are 2 hours in length daily on a first come, first served basis. You can call ahead to make reservations of course at least 3 days prior to your scheduled visit.
Their are car tours and bus tours. Car tours are $75 for vehicles with up to 6 people, $100 for vehicles with 7-15 people, and $150 for vehicles with 16 people or more.
Bus tours are $35 for people age 13 and up, $21 for youth age 6-12, and free for children 5 years old and younger.
The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center are located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325. Their phone number is (877) 874-2478.
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As I mentioned in my last post about the visitor’s center and museum, I regret not knowing about a few of the historic sites out here.
We missed those our first time here. But we’ll definitely visit again and make sure we get to see them.
I highly recommend this stop; it’s an absolute must do at least once in your lifetime.
Have you been there? I’d love to hear what you thought of it.
Please drop a few lines in the comments box below and let me know how your visit went.
In the meantime, safe travels!
Written by Kris M.
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