These are unscheduled events, drives and activities that don’t have a specific plan or schedule. These are things that you can plan individually or as a group.
Gettysburg National Military Park
The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee’s second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the “High Water Mark of the Rebellion”, Gettysburg was the Civil War’s bloodiest battle and was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln’s immortal “Gettysburg Address”.
Make sure to plan time to visit and use the National Park Service web site to help with your planning.
The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, is owned and operated by the Gettysburg Foundation in cooperation with the National Park Service. Entry to the center is free. There is a fee for the film experience, cyclorama program and access to the museum exhibit hall. Open daily throughout the year, the center hosts a massive book and gift store operated by Events Network as well as a “Soldier’s Rest” saloon that offers a full menu throughout the day. Battlefield tours on your own, on a bus or with a Licensed Battlefield Guide can be arranged at the Center.
Pets are not allowed in the Museum and Visitor Center with the exception of Seeing Eye dogs. Contact the Gettysburg Foundation for further information and assistance.
Weapons are not allowed in the Museum and Visitor Center. Contact the Gettysburg Foundation for further information and assistance.
The Soldier’s National Cemetery (Gettysburg National Cemetery), the final resting place of the Union soldiers who died at Gettysburg and where President Abraham Lincoln gave his famous address, is also located in the park and is open from dawn to dusk throughout the year. Bicycles, pets, horses and vehicles are not permitted in the cemetery.
Self Guided Winery Tours
There are many unique local experiences for visitors alike.
The Gettysburg Wine & Fruit Trail is an Agritourism Trail that follows the footprint of the South Mountain in South Central Pennsylvania. Our Trail showcases the historic and contemporary face of agriculture in this region – from small family farms generations old to first generation farmers and new organic growers, apple orchards and old-time cider makers to young vineyards and wineries, farm to table restaurants and cafes to creative cuisine served in historic settings, overnight accommodations in historic inns and boutique B&B’s, events celebrating Apple Blossom to Apple Harvest, spring flowers to Christmas trees – the Gettysburg Wine & Fruit Trail : Bringing together the bountiful and beautiful best of the South Mountain Region of Pennsylvania and Maryland. We are proud partners with the South Mountain Partnership- “A Pennsylvania Conservation Landscape.” This is a broad coalition of partners collaborating to conserve Landscape Resources to enrich the quality of life and sense of place of the South Mountain region’s citizens and communities.
For a filtered list of the wineries please visit the Gettysburg Wine and Food Trail web site and this link if filtered for the wineries.
Self Guided Orchard & Winery Tour – Directions Available at Registration
This scenic drive will take you north and west of town through a small sample of our 17,219 acres of orchards. Adams County is home to Motts, Mussleman’s and Knouse Foods, as well as family orchards and farm markets.
Without stops this is a 1.5-hour round trip. You’ll be driving past 3 wineries. Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum is just a few hundred yards “off course” from route instruction #27. It’s a bit touristy but worth a stop.
Self Guided Tour to Pen Mar Park / Appalachian Trail – Directions Available at Registration
This is our favorite “get out of town” Sunday drive. The park is in Washington County Maryland, a short straight-forward drive west of Gettysburg that takes about 40 minutes (one way). It’s always 10 degrees cooler and almost always a breeze. Take a walk to the back of the park to check out the overlook (just past the Appalachian Trail).
From here you can head back the way you came OR make a left at the “Pen Mar Rd/Pen Mar Rd stop sign and go down the hill. The second stop sign (bottom of hill) is RT 16. A left will take you into Waynesboro. Lots of places to eat or go into the old business district and walk the brick sidewalks while window shopping.
Eastern Museum of Motor Racing
This is an on your own event that we feel every Car Enthusiast will enjoy. The museum strongly reflects the popularity of the open wheel, dirt track racing so popular throughout the northeast where you can see a wide variety of racing machines from many forms of racing. This includes everything from sprint cars, midgets and stock cars to motorcycles, Indy Cars, NASCAR, drag racing and more.
Admission to the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing is free although they do ask for a donation. While the museum strongly reflects the popularity of the open wheel, dirt track racing so popular in the northeast, you can also see a wide variety of racing machines from many other forms of racing. These include everything from sprint cars, midgets and stock cars to motorcycles, Indy cars, NASCAR, drag cars and more.
They should be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the time of MG 2018 but please check the museum’s website to check for exact details and opening times.
The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg
Well there’s always a possible need for some retail therapy and so the Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg may be of interest. There’s an entire web site to help you with planning a trip to the Outlet Shoppes so please use this to help with any planning.
Getting Around – Freedom Transit Trolley Service
This trolley service includes a stop at the host hotel. Check the web site for details and check with the hotel for any extra advice and details on how to take advantage of this service.
This link goes to the Freedom Transit Trolley Service web site, directly to the details covering the Gettysburg area of operations.
These are going to be full day trips from the MG 2018 event location in Gettysburg. Still if you’re arriving early or staying after the event, these are things you may want to add onto your MG 2018 adventure, or if you prefer one of these to the MG 2018 activities on a specific day, then this might give you some options of fun things to do.
The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania houses one of the most significant collections of historic railroad artifacts in the world. Devoted to preserving and interpreting the broad impact of railroad development on society, the Museum:
- Displays over 100 locomotives and cars from the mid-19th and 20th centuries, including the priceless Pennsylvania Railroad Historical Collection.
- Houses extensive exhibits of railroad artifacts, plus priceless art work, books, photographs and corporate railroad material.
- Recognizes that railroad history is alive and continues being made in this new millennium. The Museum uses new technologies to preserve and interpret the unfolding story.
For details and address information please visit the museum’s website.
Hershey’s Chocolate World
Hershey’s Chocolate World attraction has sweet adventures for everyone: from chocolate lovers to fun seekers, shoppers to history buffs. Explore the attractions below and see which attractions are available at the original HERSHEY’S CHOCOLATE WORLD location in Hershey PA!
To plan your trip and get directions and opening time information check Hershey’s Chocolate World web site.
Antique Automobile Club of America Museum
The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, a proud affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is a world-class automotive experience. Children and adults of all ages can explore numerous vintage vehicle displays and interactive exhibits featuring cars, buses, motorcycles, and other automobiles from the 1890s through the 1980s. The AACA Museum is conveniently located in Hershey, PA and attracts visitors from throughout Harrisburg, Lebanon, Lancaster, and all of Pennsylvania.
A visit to the AACA Museum is a one-of-a-kind journey of discovery and entertainment for the entire family. The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum is open to the public and offers both self-guided and guided tours for larger groups. As you make your way through the museum, you’ll discover a number of vintage automobiles in unique scenes and settings. They frequently change and update displays, and we host a number of new events each month.
To plan your trip and get directions and opening time information check The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum’s web site.