Looking for some romantic things to do in Gettysburg PA? Well, you’re in luck!
This comprehensive guide from a local has everything you need to know about the most romantic things to do in this historic town. Whether you’re a history lover, an adventurer, a foodie, or just looking to relax and take it easy, I’ve got you covered.
So get ready to explore all that Gettysburg PA has to offer in the romance department from a Gettysburg native.
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The Most Romantic Things To Do In Gettysburg PA
If you’re looking for a romantic weekend getaway, Gettysburg is the perfect destination. From lovely restaurants and charming B&Bs to history-filled attractions and scenic drives, there are plenty of things to do in this picturesque town with your significant other.
Here are a few of my picks for the most romantic things to do in Gettysburg PA.
Romantic Things To Do in Gettysburg PA For History Lovers
This is a great place to start since there are SO many romantic things to do in Gettysburg PA for history lovers. I’ll start with my absolute favorite, which is to visit Little Round Top at sunset.
There is nothing more romantic than sitting on such hallowed ground and taking in the vast painted sky with your loved one. It is breathtaking and beautiful, and will make memories that will last a lifetime.
Tip: Take a picture with the state of General Warren or in the Little Round Top “castle.”
NOTE: Little Round Top is closed for rehabilitation in 2023.
Of course, if you’re a history lover, you’re going to want to go to the Gettysburg National Military Park and Visitor Center and learn about what all there is to see in this historic Pennsylvania town.
The Gettysburg Visitor Center has a large bookstore and gift shop where you and your sweetheart can spend hours if you have the time.
Unfortunately, you probably won’t, because you’re going to want to visit at least one or two of the many museums in Gettysburg. For those whose significant others may not be interested in the battle itself, try one that tells the interesting stories of civilians during the Battle of Gettysburg.
It’s amazing how many historic artifacts in Gettysburg are hidden in plain sight.
Romantic Things To Do In Gettysburg For The Adventurous
There are plenty of romantic things to do in Gettysburg for the adventurous as well. How about booking a Gettysburg Horseback Tour to experience the battlefield just the way they did back in 1863?
There are plenty of scenic horseback tours to choose from.
If your significant other is creative or likes solving puzzles, check out the 1863 Escape Room. Whether you’re a history buff or a pure novice, the Escape Room is good for anyone who love a fun challenge.
If you want to treat your special someone to a spectacular view, climb one of the three battlefield observation towers in Gettysburg.
The towers are:
- Oak Ridge Observation Tower located on Oak Ridge, north of Gettysburg. At only 23 feet tall, this tower is half the size of the other two, but offers panoramic views. Because of its location, it’s good for both sunrises and sunsets.
- Confederate Avenue Observation Tower is 75 feet high and provides great views of Pickett’s Charge and the Round Tops.
- Culp’s Hill Observation Tower is 60 feet high is located southeast of the borough. The view is somewhat restricted during the summer months due to tree foliage.
Romantic Things To Do In Gettysburg For Nature Lovers
There is no limit to the romantic things to do in Gettysburg, PA for those who love the outdoors and nature.
One of my favorite things to do is hike to the top of Big Round Top, a major landmark of the Gettysburg Battlefield and a workout if you’re not in shape.
It is less than a mile up to the top, but the incline is fairly steep, so wear comfortable shoes and bring water in the summer. This trail is great for birding, hiking and finding solace with nature.
You’ll need a place to relax after your hike. What could be more romantic than enjoying time in the outdoors together by camping in Gettysburg? Lucky for you, there are plenty of options for camping near Gettysburg National Park.
Whether you want to pitch a tent, take your RV or book a romantic cabin in the woods, you’ll find plenty of romantic opportunities in Gettysburg.
If you’d rather drive than walk, take a scenic road trip to see the apple, cherry and peach orchards just north of Gettysburg.
In the spring, the view is spectacular with miles and miles of orchards in full bloom. In the fall, you will see trees laden down with a wide variety of apples.
While you’re out touring, stop at the Historic Gettysburg Round Barn for some fresh fruit or apple cider.
Romantic Things For Those Who Just Want To Relax
If you’re looking for the most romantic things to do in Gettysburg that are relaxing, you can start with a Gettysburg horse drawn carriage tour and listen to the clip-clop of horses hooves hitting the pavement.
When you’re done taking in the charm of the historic downtown, you can head to the Gettysburg National Military Park, spread a blanket under a tree and enjoy a picnic.
With almost 6,000 acres of pastoral landscapes, forested knolls and gently-running streams, there are plenty of places for both the historian and nature-love to enjoy some quiet time.
Gettysburg boasts a wide array of elegant and comfortable lodging in downtown Gettysburg, as well as large farmhouses out in the country. Some of the B&Bs were used as Civil War hospitals during the Battle of Gettysburg, so be prepared for “unusual encounters.”
Romantic Things For “Foodies” In Gettysburg
If your idea of romance involves food and drink, you won’t have any problem finding the perfect place to entertain your partner. In fact you can even book a savory Gettysburg food tour if you want to sample different cuisines.
If you’d rather go it alone, the Inn at Herr Ridge is a historic bed-and-breakfast that also boasts an excellent restaurant as well as a more casual pub that is located in an adjacent barn.
The Dobbin House Tavern is another great option for a romantic candlelit dinner with a historic atmosphere. The tavern is located in a beautiful historic home, and the restaurant has an intimate, cozy feel.
For something a little more casual, check out Battlefield Brew Works, which is located in a barn that was used as a Civil War Hospital. (And is reportedly haunted).
If you want to take your honey to Gettysburg’s “best kept secret,” you have to try out Reliance Mine Saloon, better known as the “Mine Bar” to locals.
And for those who want to taste the local harvest through liquid refreshment, try the Adams County Pour Tour.
All you have to do is grab a passport and get it stamped as you treat you and your sweetheart to the wide variety of wines, ciders, spirits, meads and craft brews available in the Gettysburg area.
You can download an interactive trail map that allows you to plan your journey and get step-by-step directions to your next destination right from your mobile device.
The area surrounding Gettysburg is an agricultural paradise, with bountiful orchards, vineyards and farmlands that allow the creation of some amazing craft beverages.
Sometimes the most romantic things you can do in Gettysburg PA are free. If you want to save some money, check out this post about free things to do in Gettysburg.
Romantic Things To Do In Gettysburg pA For Ghost Hunters
In addition to drawing history lovers, Gettysburg is also a magnet for ghost hunters—for good reason!
This small town is said to be home to some of the most haunted places in America, and it’s the perfect place for a ghost lover’s getaway.
If you’re looking for a spooky tour that will have your significant other holding on tight, keep reading!
(And read this if you want to discover the most haunted places in Gettysburg).
This tours give you the opportunity to learn about the history of the town and the ghosts that haunt it. And you may even see a ghost or two!
If you’re looking for spooky Civil War stories, then you need to check out Ghosts of the Civil War Haunted Walking Tour.
Yes, you can use their ghost hunting equipment and try to communicate with the ghosts of Gettysburg. It’s the perfect way to get up close and personal with the paranormal!
Of course, no ghost hunting experience in Gettysburg would be complete without a visit to the Gettysburg battlefield. This historic landmark is said to be one of the most haunted places in America, and is great to explore on your own.
If you want some help, you can use this self-guided ghost themed tour.
Romantic Things To Do In Gettysburg For Shoppers
Shoppers are in luck because no matter what your taste or style, there are plenty of romantic things to do in Gettysburg PA for shoppers.
From window shopping at the unique downtown stores to the Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg, located just south of town, you and your sweetheart can spend hours holding hands and looking for that perfect “something.”
If you enjoy antiquing, Gettysburg is only 11 miles from the small town of New Oxford, which is known as the Antiques Capital of Central Pennsylvania.
If you want to combine your shopping with a museum, check out the Gettysburg Heritage Center. They have lots of Gettysburg battle information, Civil War artifacts AND a fantastic giftshop with lots of free parking.
Wrap-Up Of The Most Romantic Things To Do In Gettysburg PA
If you’re looking for romantic things to do in Gettysburg PA, you’ve definitely found the perfect destination to cozy up with the one you love.
From its charming bed and breakfasts to its awe-inspiring history, there’s something for couples of all interests in this small town.
Make sure to plan your visit ahead of time so you can take advantage of everything Gettysburg has to offer! The anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg is July 1, 2 and 3, so that is a particularly busy part of the season.
Remember, whether you’re a young couple just getting to know each other or you have been married for years, Gettysburg offers plenty of romantic things to do.
“Nothing is more romantic than sharing a strong passion with the person you love and experiencing it together.”
– Larisa Moran Chancellor