Gettysburg: Historic Battlefield Guided Tour on Horseback

4.9 / 5

14 reviews

Gettysburg: Historic Battlefield Guided Tour on Horseback

From $104.50 per person

Explore the solemn grounds of Gettysburg National Military Park on horseback and immerse yourself in one of the most important events in American history. Find out how the Battle of Gettysburg would alter the course of the Civil War and the nation.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the grounds of the Gettysburg Battlefield on horseback with an expert Civil War guide
  • Learn the intricacies of the greatest Civil War battle
  • Experience Gettysburg using an authentic Civil War mode of transportation - a horse!
Full description
Ride back in time on horseback to July of 1863 in the Gettysburg Battlefield. Uncover important details about and insights into the war, soldiers, and local residents terrified of the death and destruction happening around them. Get ready to be immersed in history as you ride along, learning the intricacies of the greatest Civil War battle on this 2-hour tour. During the tour, see, feel and experience Gettysburg using an authentic Civil War mode of transportation - a horse - and explore many areas of Gettysburg National Military Park. Ride behind the Virginia Monument (the area where General Robert E. Lee waited for his returning troops after Pickett's Charge). Follow the path to the historic Spangler Farm and enjoy a panoramic view of the Peach Orchard and Little Round Top off in the distance. Cross the Emmittsburg Road onto the Union side of the battle and view the Trostle Farm - including the cannonball hole in the barn! You'll find that it's only at the end of the tour that you'll fully appreciate the terrain as many unknown details of the Civil War will have just been revealed to you.
Includes
  • 2-hour guided tour on horseback
  • Outrider(s) to accompany you at all times to ensure your safety
  • Licensed battlefield guide fee
  • Gratuities (appreciated)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
  • People over 254 lbs (115 kg)
COVID-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

After turning onto McMillan Woods Drive (you will see a sign saying "McMillan Woods Campground"), continue 50 yards/meters down a dirt road which leads to a parking lot. Park in the lot, look for a sign that says "Horse Trailer Parking" and straight ahead after the sign you will meet the local partner.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Open-toed shoes

Know before you go

  • People over 250 pounds/115 kilograms are not able to be accommodated on this tour
  • All guests under the age of 18 must wear a helmet
  • Participants aged 15 and under must also be accompanied on the tour by a parent or guardian
  • This is an outdoor activity so you will be exposed to the day's weather conditions. Please wear weather appropriate clothing as this activity takes place rain or shine
  • In the rare event a live guide isn't available, you will be provided with a professionally recorded narration by professional Civil War commentators
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    5.0/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
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Arrived at meet up location to find horses saddled up and ready to be distributed to riders. Sign in was efficient and informative. Be prepared with riders liability waivers filled out and signed in your email communication with vendor (Inadvertently, I completely missed this step through email communication, but was able to complete the on-line forms and submit on the spot). You are in charge of properly sizing the provided helmet, so make adequate time for this step. Bring along a water bottle (2-hour ride without stops); your horse is outfitted with a bottle holder. Also, since there are no potty-stops on this excursion, think about taking care of those needs ahead of time at the Campground port-a-potty. Members of my group had never before been on a horse. The instructions and supervision given by the staff were very good for these first-time riders (ages 8 and 10). The day was perfect for a trail ride. The guide was amazing in his monologue of battlefield events.

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April 9, 2021

Our trail guide for the battle field was very knowledgeable and made the trip interesting and added humor rather than just droll on like some guides do. He was really good. The horse guide, and the outrider, were both very in tune to the riders, horses and the needs of all. Great job ladies! We loved the horses. My horse, Twister, was a "tailgater" (literally) but a very good boy. Just give him a little direction and he is great (I should add that I have had minimal experience with horses). My husband has never been around horses and he is now hooked. I have been trying to get him to do a trail ride for years and he always resisted. I finally insisted we do this at Gettysburg and it was great. We are now both looking forward to more trail rides in the future. (He rode Ulysses, also a bit of a tailgater but a great horse). Regardless if you have no experience with horses or a lot of experience; know very little about the Battle of Gettysburg or know a lot; you will like this tour!

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October 11, 2020

We were beginner riders and were happy to see how well trained the horses were! We felt super safe with the staff on the ride with us- helping and giving direction. Tour guide was great though hard to pay attention to at points when directing the horse

October 25, 2020

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