Hiring a Licensed Battlefield Guide

NOTE: At this time both the National Park Service Visitor Center AND their managing partner, the Gettysburg Foundation are open and operating under a reduced hours schedule. They are accepting advanced reservations for Licensed Guide services and are operating a limited walk-in system at this time dependent on availability of guides.  You may also contact the LBG’s directly to arrange for a guided tour.  Please call ALBG Offices (717-337-1709) 241 Steinwehr Avenue OR the Gettysburg Heritage Center (717-334-6245) 297 Steinwehr Avenue. Additionally, the Gettysburg Heritage Center has graciously agreed to allow Guides to use their facility to provide for walk-in service.  This is limited but it is worth checking upon arrival to see if there are guides waiting.

Licensed Guides are available at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center on 1195 Baltimore Pike on a first-come, first-served basis. Packages are available that include a bus tour hosted by a licensed guide.  For the BEST experience hire your own personal licensed guide to go with you and your family in your own vehicle.  The guide will, at your request, drive your vehicle for you so you can better enjoy the experience. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8 am to 6 pm during the main visitation season and 9 am to 5 pm at off-peak times – generally from November 1 through March 31.   It is closed only three days each year – Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years’ day.  Guides are occasionally also located at the Association Headquarters – 241 Steinwehr Avenue, the Gettysburg History Center. This is the home of the popular Gettysburg Diorama.

Guided tours in your own vehicle

At this time Guides are NOT permitted to ride in the visitor’s vehicle due to the requirement of maintaining an appropriate social-distance of 6-feet (2-metres). Accordingly, at this time a 3-hour “Caravan” tour has been developed.  Your Guide will drive his/her own car and lead you around the field making stops at key locations.

Individual guided tours in your own vehicle are extremely popular and one of the most economical touring options.  The Licensed Battlefield Guides have specialized in such tours since 1915!.

During busy times of the year it is not uncommon to have all available guides committed early in the day. If you wish to obtain guide services, it is best to arrive at the Visitor Center as early in the day as possible. The building opens its doors at 8am during the summer and guide services can be scheduled immediately. Generally by 10am there will be a wait. By 2pm, it may be impossible to schedule a guide for later in the day as all available times are booked.

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Professional and Versatile

Our guides are perhaps the most versatile in the world in the wide variety of tours offered. On any given day Licensed Battlefield Guides can be found giving specialized walking tours on some aspect of the battle, conducting a tour for a family on bicycles, accompanying a commercial tour on horseback or moped or Segways.  Of course you are most likely to encounter a guide conducting a private family tour in the family’s own vehicle or acting as an on-board guide on a variety of bus tours including those sponsored by the local Gettysburg Tour Center.

As far back as the 1940’s when Licensed Battlefield Guides could be located at a dozen sites in and around town, the visitor entering Gettysburg encountered the promotional slogan:

SEE THE BATTLEFIELD BEST BY FAR… WITH A LICENSED GUIDE IN YOUR OWN CAR!

To schedule a custom tour of the town or the battlefield, please leave a message on our reservations line at 717-337-1709.

GETTYSBURG VISITOR’S ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISKS

In consideration of the services of The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides®, their officers,  agents, and members, and/or all other persons or entities associated with those businesses (hereinafter collectively  referred to as “ALBG”) I agree as follows: 

Although ALBG has taken reasonable steps to provide me with appropriate equipment and experienced,  skilled guides so I can enjoy an activity for which I may not be skilled, ALBG has informed me this activity is not  without risk. Certain risks are inherent in each activity and cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique  character of the activity. These inherent risks are some of the same elements that contribute to the unique  character of this activity and can be the cause of loss or damage to my equipment, or accidental injury, illness, or  in extreme cases, permanent injury, trauma and/ or death. ALBG does not want to frighten me or reduce my  enthusiasm for this activity, but believes it is important for me to know in advance what to be aware of and to  expect and to be informed of the inherent risks as reasonably as possible. Most programs will be conducted on  the grounds of the Gettysburg National Military Park (“GNMP”). The following describes some, but not all, of  those risks.

  • Tripping, slipping and/or falling on uneven, slippery and/or brush and/or leaf-covered terrain
  • Exposure to severe weather, including but not limited to: Excessive cold, heat and/or humidity, sun,  heavy rain, thunderstorms, lightening and/or high winds 
  • Exposure to stinging insects, poison ivy and/or poison oak 
  • Traffic on GNMP and public roadways adjacent and through GNMP, which may be heavy at times and  may include, but is not limited to: automobiles, buses, motorcycles, scooters, horses, horse-drawn  vehicles, Segways and bicycles 

I am aware that outdoors programs entail risks of injury, trauma and/or death to any participant. I  understand the description of these inherent risks is as complete as is reasonably possible, and that other unknown  or unanticipated inherent risks may result in injury, trauma and/or death. I agree to assume and accept full  responsibility for the inherent risks identified herein and those inherent risks not specifically identified but may  also occur. My participation in this activity is purely voluntary; no one is forcing me to participate and I elect to  participate in spite of and with full knowledge of the inherent risks. 

I acknowledge that engaging in this activity may require a degree of skill and knowledge different than  other activities and that I have responsibilities as a participant. I acknowledge that the staff of ALBG [and the  Staff of the Gettysburg National Military Park who are publicly available to all Visitors for information at no  charge] has been available to more fully explain to me the nature and physical demands of this activity and the  inherent risks, hazards, and dangers associated with this activity. 

I certify that I am fully capable of participating in this activity. Therefore, I assume and accept full  responsibility for myself, including all minor children in my care, custody, and control, for bodily injury, death or  loss of personal property [including but not limited to automobiles, other vehicles, pets, etc.] and expenses as a  result of those inherent risks and dangers identified herein and those inherent risks and dangers not specifically  identified, and as a result of my negligence in participating in this activity. 

I have carefully read, clearly understood and accepted the terms and conditions stated herein and  acknowledge that this agreement shall be effective and binding upon myself, my heirs, assigns, personal  representative and estate and for all members of my family, including minor children.

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