Hiring a Licensed Battlefield Guide
Licensed Guides are available at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center on 1195 Baltimore Pike on a first-come, first-served basis. Note: Current-Covid19 restrictions and threats have severely limited the availability of walk-up tours. 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. Note: present Covid19 restrictions do not permit travel in private vehicles. All tours for now must be caravan style i.e. guide car leading visitors car. 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. Note: Please check the NPS and Gettysburg Foundation websites as their normal operating hours and days are restricted.
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.
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.