Gettysburg National Military Park | GUIDED TOURS

Visitors board the bus for a tour of Gettysburg National Military Park

Visitors board the bus for a tour of Gettysburg National Military Park

Guided tours, walks, and talks are provided daily at Gettysburg National Military Park by the National Park Service, the Gettysburg Foundation, and the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides. The programs conducted by the National Park Service meet at various locations around the battlefield and tend to focus on that particular location, whereas the Gettysburg Foundation and the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides provide tours of the entire battlefield.

National Park Service Ranger conducts a tour of McPherson Ridge at Gettysburg

National Park Service Ranger conducts a tour of McPherson Ridge at Gettysburg

For a list of daily Ranger programs, visit the National Park Service’s Ranger Programs at Gettysburg web page. A schedule is also posted at the National Park Service information desk inside the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center. The National Park Service also sponsors special events throughout the year. See the Special Events and Programs and Calendar web pages for a schedule. Most programs are provided free of charge.

National Park Service information desk in the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center

National Park Service information desk in the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center

Since 1915, guides at Gettysburg have had to pass a written examination to lead tours of the battlefield. Shortly thereafter, the Battlefield Guide Association was established to manage the process (the name was changed to the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides in the 1980s). Today, visitors to Gettysburg National Military Park can hire a guide to give them a personal tour of the battlefield in their own vehicle. Guides can be booked at the Visitor Center or directly through the Association. See the Licensed Battlefield Guides website for pricing and how to make a reservation. It is always best to make a reservation at least one week in advance. There is no guarantee of guide availability if you try to book one on the day of your visit, especially during the tourist season. There is a charge for guide services.

The Gettysburg Foundation, the organization that owns and operates the Visitor Center, works with the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides to provide tours of the battlefield by bus. Visit the Foundation’s Tour the Battlefield web page for more information and pricing.

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Last updated on October 28, 2022
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