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5 Field Trip Ideas for Building Beautiful Memories

Discover what a field trip to Gettysburg has to offer!

Field trips offer fantastic educational experiences. But there’s even more value to a well-planned field trip when families consider the long-lasting memories that come from exploring together. If you’re looking to combine learning experiences with some family fun, here are five ideas to get you started.

Farm Park Field Trips

Children love animals, and field trips to farm parks provide a fantastic way for families to enjoy spending time with a variety of fun animals. You may encounter the typical farm animals, including pot-belly pigs, goats, and chickens. You might also discover some fun additions such as miniature ponies and alpacas! Some farm parks even feature daily programs and animal talent shows throughout the day, allowing families to either be entertained or roam the park on their own.

Enjoy some family fun on a farm park field trip!
Enjoy a field trip to an interactive history museum.

Interactive Museums

Interactive museums that allow families to enjoy a hands-on approach to history are great for keeping children interested in history and making them understand the significance of what happened in the past. Ranging from detailed dioramas to touch-and-feel exhibits and interactive technology, museums can take families back in time. Several museums feature programs throughout the year that brings history even closer through artifacts, uniforms, and a marching drill here and there.

Steam into History

Have you considered a train ride? A history-themed train ride can provide quite the adventure! Not only do you see the countryside in a way you’ve never experienced it before, but themed rides with living historians aboard can bring history to life in a brand-new way. Imagine hopping on a train and following the path of Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 journey to Gettysburg, with living historians retelling details all along the way!

Steam into history with a living history train ride!
Enjoy a variety of field trip options in the battlefield parks.

National Military Parks

It can be hard to imagine what it was like to be on one of our nation’s battlefields while the battle raged all around. But, when you plan a field trip to a preserved battlefield and take advantage of one of the many forms of tours, the experience can bring history to life in an amazing way.

Historic Town Walking Tours

Walking through a historic town has a charm like no other. Visit famous locations, enjoy local cuisine, and even participate in unique tours like the ghost tours in downtown Gettysburg! Many historic towns also host a variety of family-friendly events throughout the year, allowing you to check the calendar and time your visit to coincide with a festival or event of your choice!

Take a living history tour.

An Abundance of Family Fun in Gettysburg!

Families from around the country love Gettysburg & Adams County not just because it offers a one-of-a-kind educational experience, but because it also provides families with children of all ages a wide variety of opportunities for exploration and for long-lasting memories.

There are so many field trip options in and around Gettysburg! If you’re looking for animal fun, you’ll find much delight in the Land of Little Horses. Explore history through our Civil War museums, Steam into History train rides, or Gettysburg National Military Park tours. And you don’t want to miss Downtown Gettysburg’s nighttime ghost tours!

Planning field trips and making fun family memories is easy when your destination is Gettysburg!

Destination Gettysburg is the official destination marketing organization for Gettysburg and Adams County, Pennsylvania. Established as the Gettysburg Travel Council in 1955, our organization has grown to over 300 partners and two locations. Visitors can find travel assistance at our Administrative Office located on Fairfield Road as well as at the Area Information Desk at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. It is our mission to promote Gettysburg and all of Adams County as a premier travel destination.

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