Gettysburg Adams County
The largest producer of apples in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adams County carries the nickname of Apple Capital USA. 20,000 of its acres are dedicated to production of all kinds of fruit. And, had history been different, that is all this quiet, quaint Pennsylvania county would have been known for.
However, on June 30, 1863 a few men from Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia met a few men from Meade’s Army of the Potomac and the history of the world changed.
Gettysburg. The high tide for the Confederacy in the Civil war was reached when a couple of men breached the wall at the “Angle” during Pickett’s Charge. They were captured or killed and the Confederacy was doomed.
This is a great educational day trip for kids 4th grade and older. You can actually spend a couple days touring the park and visiting sites. Be sure to take the self audio tour. It is powerful and educational.
List of Things to See and Do fo Kids:
- National Military Park
- National Park Visitor Center
- Living History Encampments
- Junior Ranger’s Program
- Join the Army
- Land of Little Horses
- Explore and More Children’s Museum
- Boyd’s Bear Country
- Shriver House
- American Civil War Museum
- Tarbox Toy Soldiers
- Underground Railroad Tours
- National Apple Museum
- Horseback Riding
- Carriage Rides in the town center
- Segway Tours
- Miniature Golf
- Hike the Appalachian Trail
Be Prepared: For younger children, bring picture books and your creativity. The historical significance may not impress them, but they will love the park and other things to do!
Age Group: Best for ages 9 to 12. Younger children may enjoy the park and things to do, but probably won’t truly understand the historical impact.
Best Time to Visit: Late sprintg to late Fall to get the very best apples in PA!
Where to Stay: Check out the Gettysburg Website for plenty of great places to stay for families www.gettysburg.travel
contact: 717.334.6274 or 1.800.337.5015 or 717.334.6274 or 1.800.337.5015
address: Gettysburg National Park 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA Adams County