Gettysburg Battlefield

When Is The Best Time

The best time to visit Gettysburg is from September to October and in April. Both times offer thinner crowds, cooler but mostly pleasant temperatures, and a more peaceful experience. The trees in Pennsylvania are stunning in the fall.

The weather in April is usually colder than in September. During both periods the crowds at museums and attractions are certainly smaller than during summer, and restaurants are a lot easier to get into.

When not to visit if you don’t like crowds is in July. From everyone we have spoken to this is the most heavily visited month of the year. Otherwise, it’s a great year-round destination!

However, the Battle of Gettysburg took place July 1, 2 & 3, 1863 when it’s hot and extremely busy. If being there on those dates of remembrance is important to you, there is an annual reenactment of the battle. Here is information to purchase tickets to that event.

How Long to Stay

To get the best Gettysburg experience and learn unique things about the history, a length of two or three days is recommended. It takes longer than most visitors think as the battlefield surrounds the town. It’s not just one place.

Best Tours

We recommend the three tours below. Booking via GetYourGuide with great customer service and printed or mobile vouchers.


Best Hotels – Deals

The hotel deals below are often limited. Make sure to book in advance if possible. Tip: Save the results page if you don’t book now!

More Tips and Review

More men died in the Battle of Gettysburg than any other battle fought on American soil before or since. The 3,965 acres of the Gettysburg Battlefield is managed by the National Park Foundation. You can easily spend a full weekend at this massive historic site or just a few hours, easily tailoring a visit to your needs and interests. President Lincoln said in his Gettysburg Address regarding the preservation of the land, “We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.”…First stop – main visitor center for bathrooms and a map. There are no fees to enter the Battlefield or to park. Go early in the day if you are able to get a lay of the land and park without trouble. There are tickets you can purchase for ranger tours or historic home visits, but all of these are optional. You can download free podcast audio tours here… and be on your way skipping tickets lines and dodging crowds.

If history isn’t quite your thing, there are abundant and beautiful trails. Here’s a link to consider routes…

The historic town of Gettysburg, PA surrounds the Battlefield. You will have to show will power and decline many Ghost Tours that are promoted by shop keepers. Of course if you love ghost tours, just do a little Googling prior to find out the most highly recommended tours.

If you want to grab a bite to eat & drink the best place we found was Battlefield Brew

which is located in an old grain storage building that was used as a Confederate field hospital during the Civil War. You can get a local brew and justify it was for history sake.

Gettysburg Battlefield Facts
  • There are more than 1,400 monuments, markers and tablets at Gettysburg.
  • More than 30,000 dead and wounded soldiers were left in the battle’s wake.
  • The Battle of Gettysburg started without the knowledge or consent of either army commander — Lee or Meade.
  • The 200,000,000 year-old Gettysburg Sill created the volcanic boulders on the Union right and left flanks.


Save the 3 Best Activities