What to do on a Rainy Day in Gettysburg

rain falling in a puddle This spring we’ve seen an abundance of rain in Gettysburg. As you can imagine, the number of questions we field regarding rainy day activities has been at an all-time high. Fortunately, Gettysburg has more than enough to see and do, and it’s a perfect destination no matter what the weather brings.

To help eliminate some of the stress of planning last-minute rainy day activities, we put together a list of our favorite things to do when the weather is wet.

  1. Battlefield Bus Tours – You may not be able to enjoy the fresh air from the open top deck during one of our world-famous double decker bus tours, but you can still tour the battlefield in one of our climate controlled buses. Whether you choose a guided bus tour or a dramatized audio bus tour, you can tour the historic Gettysburg Battlefield and watch history come alive through the voice of a licensed National Park guide – or a cast of Hollywood actors, complete with sound effects, playing over the speakers!

  1. Museum Stops – There are many fascinating museums to visit in Gettysburg. The Gettysburg Museum of History features one of the most extensive private collections of artifacts from the American Civil War, WWI and WWII, presidencies and pop culture. You may even recognize Curator Erik L Dorr from TV shows like the Haunted Collector, Pawn Stars, and American Pickers, who visited the shop in 2011. To get the most bang for your buck, you can take advantage of the Value Plan, which offers three of Gettysburg’s greatest historic attractions to pair with your bus tour, all for the low price of $49 per adult or $30 per child (6-12). To browse the list of attractions offered, visit the Value Plan Attractions page.
  2. Ghost Tours – For those who are bit more adventurous, we offer a number of ghost tours that will keep you out of the rain. Learn more about Ghostly Images of Gettysburg tours and see what might be of interest to you.
  3. Gettysburg Visitor’s Center – The perfect spot to begin any Gettysburg trip, the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, has a number of interesting areas where you can learn more about Gettysburg, the Battlefield, and other information on our historic town. The Visitor’s Center offers free general admission, although there are fees to enter certain areas such as the Gettysburg Museum of the Civil War, the Gettysburg Cyclorama, and the 20 minute film “A New Birth of Freedom.”
  4. Shopping – There are numerous excellent gift shops in Old Gettysburg Village for Civil War collectors, or anyone interested in antiques or handcrafted items. The Gettysburg Tour Center and Jennie Wade House are two other great shops that feature some unique gifts for visitors. If you’re looking for more traditional shops, the Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg features the big names like Adidas, Coach, Gap, Old Navy, and more.

As you can see, there are plenty of rainy day options available when you visit Gettysburg. No matter what the weather, a visit to Gettysburg will send you home with memories that will last a lifetime!